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1 Regional Representation For the Middle East OIE Regional Representation for the Middle East Annual Report Annual meeting of OIE RR and sRR Paris 26 – 29 October Dr Ghazi Yehia

2 Countries covered Regional Representation For the Middle East The Regional Representation covers 21 countries or territories:

3 Countries covered Regional Representation For the Middle East The Regional Representation covers 21 countries or territories: Countries belonging to the OIE Regional Commission

4 Countries covered Regional Representation For the Middle East The Regional Representation covers 21 countries or territories: Countries participating in the OIE RR activities PAT - Observer

5 Particular sanitary events in 2010 Regional Representation For the Middle East  FMD: after the epizootic spreading of the A Iran 05 strain throughout the region last year, outbreaks in 2010 were mainly due to the O PanAsia 2 (endemic strain)  RVF: Middle East at risk – reoccurence in KSA (serological evidence)  Glanders: reoccurence of the disease in some gulf countries (Kuwait, Bahrain)  HPAI H5N1: still spreading in Egypt  Under-evaluated: rabies, brucellosis (zoonotic diseases)

6 Main and new activities conducted in 2010 by the Regional Representation Regional Representation For the Middle East

7 Budget of the Regional Representation Regional Representation For the Middle East  The funding of the RR-ME depends on an annual voluntary contribution of the Lebanese government and on the 10 % of the annual contribution to the OIE of regional Members  But only 12 Members in the OIE Regional Commission for the Middle East and most of these Members are not in the highest contribution categories  Fortunately, most of the workshops, seminars and conferences organized by the RR-ME are sponsored mainly by hosting countries  As often as possible, joint meeting are also organized with our regional partners, such as FAO, WHO, AU-IBAR and others

8 Good governance of the Veterinary Services Regional Representation For the Middle East  At the end of August 2010, 19 Members (more than 90 %) requested the PVS evaluation, mission completed in 18 of them (including PAT)  Regarding GA, 7 countries requested the OIE – 4 missions have already been done  6 other countries requested OIE assistance on legislation ─convention of assistance signed only for Lebanon ─Mission UAE December

9 Capacity building – Training new delegates Regional Representation For the Middle East  Joint training with the RR for the Americas  Back to back with the OIE General Session (23 of May) ─Too short to be efficient (2 hours meeting) ─Agenda too dense ─Better in this context (half day meeting) to explain the objectives and the progress of the following OIE General Session ─ and to organize a specific dedicated meeting according to OIE general model  Proposal: back to back with the Conference of the RC

10 Capacity building – FP - Training Regional Representation For the Middle East  Training of OIE FP for APFS – Kuwait, February 2010 ─Authority shared with other Ministries and Agencies ─Lack of competencies in VS ─Imports contribute to the main part of food supply ─Practical session (BSE)  Training of OIE FP for wildlife (joint with RR Africa) – Tanzania, March 2010 ─Few wildlife in ME ─African experience very profitable for ME

11 Capacity building – FP - Training Regional Representation For the Middle East  Training of OIE FP for aquatic animals - Dubai, September 2010 ─Authority shared by other Ministry or agency ─Lack of competencies in VS ─Lack of knowledge on aquatic disease regional situation ─Participation of Private sector ─Practical visit to Research Centre  Training for OIE FP for animal welfare – Lebanon, November 2010

12 Capacity building – FP - Training Regional Representation For the Middle East

13 Capacity building – FP - Training Regional Representation For the Middle East  Importance of inputs of OIE experts (RL, WG or SC)  Interest of presentation of regional experiences – regional experts / country representatives  Country representative not always the national FP  Follow up expected by FP  Networking

14 Capacity building – FP - Networking Regional Representation For the Middle East  Dedicated pages in the regional website Contacts ToRs, Documents Events RL and CC

15 Capacity building – Communication Regional Representation For the Middle East in collaboration with the OIE Communication Unit a seminar on communication for VS was organized in Muscat, Oman, 20 – 22 April The objectives of this seminar were to identify constraints, information gaps, and best practices related to animal health and prevention/control of animal diseases in the region in order to set up relevant communication strategies

16 Capacity building – Transparency Regional Representation For the Middle East  Contact of OIE Delegates when rumours of important new outbreaks or epidemiological events are not followed by official notifications to OIE within a reasonable lapse of time. The issue of notification is also part of any country visit conducted (or to be conducted).  Assistance to requesting countries on the use of WAHIS.  As of 30 September 2010, 6 Members addressed to the OIE immediate notification report or follow up, on Glanders (Bahrain), Rift Valley Fever (KSA), Blue Tongue (Qatar and the PAT), FMD (Egypt), Equine Rhinopneumonitis (UAE), Rabies (PAT) and Scrapie (PAT).

17 Capacity building – Laboratory Regional Representation For the Middle East  In the framework of the on-going OIE Twinning Projects worldwide, 4 projects are being implemented in 3 countries of the region, namely Egypt on Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease, Qatar on Avian Influenza and Turkey on Brucellosis and Rabies  The RR-ME actively supports the application of Egypt (RVF), Kuwait (PPR), Lebanon (BT in a joint project with Tunisia), UAE (Brucellosis and CCPP) and Oman (Rabies).

18 Capacity building – Arabic Translation Regional Representation For the Middle East  To facilitate the understanding of OIE standards and recommendations, Arabic translation is an important tool used by the RR: Most of OIE reference documents and documents of the RR are translated in Arabic language and all published on the website.

19 Capacity building -Website  Regular Editorials on regional topics  Specific information concerning the region ─Updates on OIE standards and procedures ─PVS, Reference Laboratories, Twinning programme Regional Representation For the Middle East ─OIE Regional Delegates and Focal Points ─Regional situation of disease of importance ─Summaries - Regional Bibliography ─Conference reports – On line PWP ─Collaboration with other partners: FAO – WHO ─RAHC  English and Arabic pages

20 Specific technical assistance – Countries visits Regional Representation For the Middle East DateCountryOutcomes 6-8 February Iran In the framework of Dr Bernard Vallat visit. Meeting with the Minister of Agriculture. Intensive presentation of IVO activities and work. Discussion on OIE programme and on the feasibility of a training course programme. 9 FebruaryLebanon In the framework of Dr Vallat visit to the Minister of Agriculture. Maintain close collaboration between OIE and the Lebanon. 7 – 8 AprilDjibouti In the framework of Dr Vallat visit to the Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture. Appreciation of trade of live animals and OIE assistance to secure such a trade. 14 – 17 June Bahrain OIE expertise mission on glanders 20 – 24 JulySomalia OIE expertise mission to Berbera and Bossasso quarantines 02 – 07 October Syria, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE OIE expertise mission on glanders (follow up)

21 GF-TADs Regional Representation For the Middle East  Unfortunately, due to lack of funding none of the activities of the RAHC working plan, adopted during the 4th Regional Steering Committee of the GF-TADs, held in Beirut, Lebanon in May 2009, could be implemented  The 5th Regional Steering Committee of the GF- TADs proposed to be held in Cairo, Egypt in June 2010 has been postponed to December 2010 (?) or March 2011

22 The OIE Regional Representation Main Activities scheduled for 2011 Regional Representation For the Middle East

23 Capacity building  Training of OIE Focal Points on Animal diseases notification –workshop in Beirut: 24 – 26 January 2010  Workshop for OIE Delegates on OIE standards on trade (sponsored by the Djibouti Quarantine ?) Regional Representation For the Middle East

24 PVS and GA  Encouraging and motivating Members, whom have not already been assessed, to request for a PVS evaluation or GA mission  Assistance of each Team for the preparation and realization of in-country missions  Assistance of Members to develop national strategy to improve the quality of their Veterinary Services in compliance with OIE standards and encourage them to request follow up PVS missions Regional Representation For the Middle East

25 Regional Strategies - Diseases Regional Representation For the Middle East  Glanders: Laboratory training – FLI Germany  RVF: implementation of a regional system to prevent the occurrence of RVF in the Region – Discussion started with OIE, FAO, WHO, COMESA and NASA – Workshop scheduled in March 2011 (COMESA sponsor ?)  FMD: implementation of the regional project, as adopted by the OIE Regional Commission – IDB potential sponsor ─ FMD Round Table (Cairo, Egypt)

26 Regional Strategy – FMD - Training Regional Representation For the Middle East  Training on methods of surveys and disease surveillance – in specialized regional and international institutes (Iran) – and in-country field training  Training on laboratory methodologies relevant to the diagnosis of FMD and vaccine production – Specific training in a OIE Reference Laboratory (Russia)

27 Regional Workshops - Training Regional Representation For the Middle East  Training on laboratory diagnostic – KSA  Equine diseases: interaction between VS and equine stakeholders

28 Regional Commission Regional Representation For the Middle East  11th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Middle East Kuwait October 2011

29 Regional Representation For the Middle East Thank you for your attention


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