June 28, 2021
OIE, ASEAN sign MoU to support fight against animal diseases
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have signed a new memorandum of understanding in May to strengthen cooperation and further support the control, prevention and eradication of animal diseases in Southeast Asia, OIE said.
Both organisations started to work together in 2008 after signing an earlier MoU. The partnership has been reinforced in 2011 through a subsequent MoU to facilitate the interconnectivity between the ASEAN Regional Animal Health Information System (ARAHIS) and the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS).
Both organisations have implemented several actions to control priority animal diseases in Southeast Asia, notably for foot and mouth disease and rabies. They have jointly supported countries through the development of roadmaps and strategies, as well as the delivery of animal vaccines and the implementation of campaigns.
Additionally, OIE and ASEAN have coordinated high-level meetings to reinforce regional animal health governance by advocating for the political support and mobilisation of resources.
The new MoU will strengthen this long-standing collaboration in order to better respond to the current regional health challenges.
To this end, OIE and ASEAN will further expand the development of regional animal disease control programmes to include African swine fever, classical swine fever and peste des petits ruminants (PPR).
Acknowledging the importance of timely responding to animal diseases, the OIE will also support the development of a new ARAHIS module, which will be closely linked to the new OIE-WAHIS.