World Animal Health groups band together to fight African swine fever


A recent announcement by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation calls for a global response to African swine fever that focuses on disease control.

The organizations announced a joint Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases. The initiative aims to foster national, regional, and global partnerships to strengthen control measures and to minimize the impact of ASF.

There are three primary objectives of the global framework.

1) Improve the capability of countries to control (prevent, respond, eradicate) ASF using OIE standards and best practices based on the latest science;

2) Establish an effective coordination and cooperation framework for global control of ASF; and

3) Facilitate business continuity to ensure safe production and trade to protect food systems. For more details with outputs and outcomes, see the graphic.