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Animal health solutions: a digital tool to support animal disease surveillance and reporting mechanism in Ghana










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    EMA-i: a Mobile App for Timely Animal Disease Field Reporting to Enhance Surveillance 2015
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    Surveillance and early warning of animal disease outbreaks, including zoonotic diseases, with potential public health impact enables national authorities to advise at-risk populations. However, early detection and timely reporting of animal diseases from the field are a challenge in developing countries. For this reason, FAO has developed EMA-i (Event Mobile Application) for data collection and to facilitate real-time disease reporting to support veterinary services capacities in disease surveil lance implemented in the field.
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    Ghana – Evaluation for action
    Assessing animal disease surveillance capacities – March 2019
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    In response to a request by African member countries in Phase 1 of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), FAO developed the Surveillance Evaluation Tool (SET) to assess animal disease surveillance systems and provide country specific recommendations for improvement in the form of an action plan. After piloting the toolkit in Tanzania and Liberia, the toolkit was finalized and made available to other countries. An evaluation mission in Ghana was conducted in March 2019 and a final report was drafted with the country’s veterinary services and approved by the Chief Veterinary Officer of Ghana. This report provides development partners with details on findings and recommendations to improve Ghana’s animal and zoonotic disease surveillance, contributing to a multifaceted approach to capacity building in the country, and in the region. In addition, it will enhance transparency of the work done by FAO under GHSA and with financing from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Lastly, other countries reading the report may see benefits in undergoing SET evaluation missions themselves
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    Enhancing the capacities of national veterinary services through the FAO Surveillance Evaluation Tool 2018
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    In recent years, outbreaks of animal diseases such as Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), African swine fever (ASF) and Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) have had a devastating impact on communities’ livelihoods and food security. In addition, many animal diseases can spread to humans (known as zoonoses), sometimes with lethal outcomes, as seen with rabies, avian influenza and Rift Valley fever. To reduce the risk posed by these pathogens, it is necessary to establish a strong animal disease surveillance system that is capable of timely exchange of information with other sectors, such as public health and the environment. However, in many countries, the animal health systems are underdeveloped and underfunded, a factor that places these nations at a disadvantage when they are required to prepare for animal diseases, including zoonoses. Strengthening the capacities of national veterinary services is therefore crucial to fill this gap and ensure that: 1. The impact of economically important livestock diseases such as FMD, ASF, PPR and avian influenza is reduced 2. Countries are able to maintain disease-free status through efficient surveillance activities 3. Zoonoses are detected in animals prior to their spillover to humans

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