African swine fever or ASF is a disease that affects pigs and wild suids, is mostly endemic, but sometimes epizootic in isolated pockets within the Africa region. The disease is difficult to eradicate given the absence of registered efficacious vaccine and the existence of wildlife reservoirs and the Argasid tick, Ornithodoros species vectors. The recent pandemic spreading in Asia and Europe has seriously devastated the global pig industry. Since 2019, ASF has become a global priority transboundary animal disease for the Global framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) coordination mechanism and a global initiative for the control of ASF has been launched in 2020.
In line with the WTO SPS Agreement, Member Countries have the right to protect animal life or health, to manage overall risk reasonably and effectively.
A country’s import health measures must be based on international standards (OIE); or import risk analysis (IRA). The import risk analysis is justifiable in the absence of a relevant standard; or when a member country chooses to adopt a higher standard of protection than the international standard provides.
The training workshop took place under the technical supervision of the OIE Scientific Department, OIE Standards Department, OIE World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department. It was organized under the umbrella of the Global framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) initiative for the global control of ASF.
The six-day (20 hour) virtual training was attended by 62 country representatives, regional and international experts and observers over the course of 6 weeks, between 9 November and 14 December 2021.
Attending countries :
Above : Map of attending countries (at least one session)
The 13 trainers comprised three from South Africa, two from Kenya, one from Tanzania, one from Canada, one from the United States of America, three from the OIE headquarters, and one each from the OIE Sub-regional representations for Eastern and Southern Africa respectively :
The six sessions were designed and delivered around the following themes and presentations are available for download below :
This training round will be followed by a similar one for French-speaking countries in 2022.
Lead trainer, Dr Noel Murray (CFIA, Canada) during the session (5) on risk analysis