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    Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health Annual Report
    November 2019–October 2020
    2021
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    This past year, as the leading global centre for animal health emergency management, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC-AH), a joint platform linking FAO’s Office of Emergencies and Resilience, and the Animal Production and Health Division, has continued to provide preparedness, response and incident coordination support to FAO Members, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. This report highlights the activities carried out and led by EMC-AH during the reporting period (November 2019 to October 2020) under the four pillars of the Centre’s Strategic Action Plan: preparedness, response, incident coordination, and collaboration and resource mobilization. EMC-AH ensures a One Health approach to its many activities, collaborating with the World Health Organization and the World Organisation for Animal health, among other external partners, to coordinate effectively, such as through Incident Coordination Groups. This collaboration has enabled the development of a global and regional animal health emergency coordination strategy, and an animal health emergency operations management manual, in addition to emergency response missions where zoonotic diseases are concerned. The activities reported in this publication demonstrate how EMC-AH works hand-in-hand with other FAO divisions, country and regional offices, and international partners to reduce the threat of high-impact animal diseases to food security, agricultural development and trade. This work is made possible thanks to the financial and technical support of the Centre’s donors and partner organizations.
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    Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health Annual Report
    November 2017 - October 2018
    2018
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    Animal health emergencies continue to erupt around the world at an ever-increasing pace. Increased global travel, human migration and informal trade of animals and animal products continue to intensify the risk of disease spread. Infectious diseases and other animal health threats have the potential to move rapidly within a country or around the world leading to severe socio-economic and public health consequences. For zoonoses that develop the ability for human to human transmission, an early response to an animal health emergency could prevent the next pandemic. As the demands continue to evolve for effective and efficient management of animal diseases, including emerging diseases and zoonoses, the Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC-AH) continues to evolve and keep pace with the global demands, adding value to Member States of FAO. Building on the first eleven years of success, the Centre rebranded its platform in 2018 as EMC-AH, with the full support of the Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health Steering Committee in November 2017. The new name reflects the modernization of the platform and new way of working to better address the needs of the future. Further, the inaugural EMC-AH strategic action plan 2018 2022 released in June 2018 clearly states the vision, mission, and core functions of EMC AH for the coming five years with the aim of reducing the impact of animal health emergencies. EMC AH’s annual report reflects EMC AH’s new way of working under its strategic action plan and addresses EMC AH performance and actions for the twelve-month period of November 2017-October 2018. During the reporting period, EMC AH contributed to strengthening resilience of livelihoods to animal health-related emergencies and zoonoses through the core pillars of its strategic action plan: preparedness, response, incident coordination, collaboration and resource mobilization. The annual report illustrates EMC-AH’s commitment to transparency and accountability. FAO’s Member States have an ongoing need for a holistic and sustainable international platform that provides the necessary tools and interventions inclusive of animal health emergency management. EMC-AH strategic action plan requires a substantial commitment of resources to implement the full range of proposed activities, and EMC-AH must maintain key personnel essential to carry out its objectives and components of the 2016-2019 FAO Strategic Framework that addresses increased resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises (Strategic Programme five [SP5]). As a joint platform of FAO’s Animal Health Service and Emergency Response and Resilience Team, and in close collaboration with related partners and networks, EMC-AH is appropriately positioned to provide renewed leadership, coordination and action for global animal health emergencies.
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    Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health Annual Report
    November 2018–October 2019
    2019
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    The past 12 months have seen a rapid increase in African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks around the world. A hardy disease with up to 100 percent mortality rate in pigs and wild boar, ASF has wreaked havoc across many countries, impacting trade, food security and livelihoods. The Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC-AH), a joint platform linking the Food and Agricultures Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s Animal Health and Emergency and Resilience divisions, has concentrated much of its activities this year on the disease. The numbers speak for themselves, following multiple requests for assistance from countries in Asia, six out of ten EMC-AH missions focused on ASF this year. This report is a compilation of EMC-AH’s work this year, from missions in Africa and Asia to assist governments in preparing for an animal health emergency, and indeed extending those preparedness efforts through the delivery of eight workshops in Good Emergency Management Practices (GEMP), to implementing five donor-funded global projects and continuously providing animal health emergency support to countries via its four activated Incident Coordination Groups. The report serves to showcase the Centre’s efforts, and the results of those efforts, and demonstrates its commitment to transparency and accountability.

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