Brazil Leads South American Meeting on FMD

BRAZIL - The South American Commission for the Fight Against Foot and Mouth Disease (COSALFA), which is currently led by Brazil, will hold its 39th Meeting on Thursday and Friday, 10 and May 11 in Asuncion, Paraguay.
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The meeting will be attended by the director of the Department of Animal Health (DSA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), Guilherme Marques, president of COSALFA and the Permanent Veterinary Committee of the Southern Cone (CVP).

Among the topics to be discussed are the two recent outbreaks of FMD reported in Paraguay, the health status of national programmes to eradicate the disease and the mechanisms for monitoring compliance with the Plan of Action 2011-2020 Programme of Eradication of FMD (PHEFA).

Another topic to be discussed by the attendees is the insertion of the initiative PHEFA global control of FMD of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE acronym in English).

The programme also provides a report of the technical cooperation of the Pan American Foot and Mouth Disease (Panaftosa) in 2011 and delivers presentations on the activities of regional and Inspection Service Animal and Plant Health Department of Agriculture of the United States (APHIS), the Group Inter Eradication of FMD (GIEFA), American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Regional International Organisation for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), among others. After the meeting, resolutions will be presented to advance the fight against mouth disease on the continent.

In the 38th regular meeting, held in Recife (PE) last year, nine resolutions were defined. Among them, was creating a specific fund - maintained by the private sectors of nations forming the entity. The feature would be used to finance technical cooperation and support to the eradication of FMD virus in countries that reported recent cases of the disease. On occasion, the participants requested that the Panaftosa strengthen the actions of the international boundary and promoted the formation of a working group to identify and implement mechanisms for continuation of PHEFA.

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