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Workshop to finalize protocol for the impact assessment of the Community African swine fever Biosecurity Interventions (CABI) programme

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    Strengthening Biosecurity Preparedness through Enhanced Rapid Detection of African Swine Fever in Papua New Guinea - TCP/PNG/3706 2021
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    African Swine Fever ( is a highly contagious and fatal hemorrhagic viral disease that affects susceptible Suidae family, including pigs and wild boars In 2019 an expert team from the Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC AH) FAO conducted a Rapid Preparedness Assessment for ASF in Papua New Guinea, and concluded that the country was on high alert for an imminent incursion Recommendations were given to the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority ( the country’s mandated Biosecurity and Veterinary service, on active reporting and surveillance, early detection, control and containment of ASF in the event of an incursion The Mission team, in collaboration with the NAQIA, the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL and other relevant agencies and stakeholders, identified high risk entry pathways for ASF, namely the Indonesia and Papua New Guinea land borders, airports and seaports, through mining, logging and construction sites with Chinese or Asian contractors and/or workers The early detection of ASF was pertinent in the efficient and timely control and containment of the disease Given the high socio economic value of pigs in the country, particularly in the Highlands Region, it was imperative that an incursion be prevented and that ASF be kept out of this region Against this background, the project was designed to address gaps identified in the existing animal surveillance system in the NAQIA, and to strengthen the technical capacity of the NAQIA, the DAL and relevant agencies’ officers in active surveillance and reporting, diagnostics, and risk communication, to enable rapid detection and early containment of ASF incursion in the country.
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    Regional Simulation Exercise on African swine fever (ASF) Outbreak Investigation
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    2023
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    The Concept note details the background on a simulation exercises aimed at strengthening capacities at the national level, which aims to enable them to conduct epidemiological investigations of ASF outbreaks. The specific objectives are to: • Review and recommend further adjustments and revisions, if any, of materials developed for SimEx on ASF outbreak investigation considering their relevance and practicality; • Familiarise responsible government staff on the use of SimEx materials; and • Discuss a plan for future utilization of SimEx materials at the national and sub-national levels.
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