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15th update on African swine fever activities at FAO


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  • FAO is running a 4-week online course on ASF preparedness in Serbian in the Balkans. The course started on 20 July with the participation of 350 veterinarians from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.
  • A Regional Meeting on ASF for the Balkans took place via Zoom on 30 June with the participation of neighbouring affected countries as well. It was an opportunity for countries to share the disease situation, for FAO to update on past and upcoming project activities, and for the EU to present on a new project on “Action on Animal Disease Eradication in the Western Balkans”. It is expected to be repeated it again after the Summer.
  • The 15th meeting of the Standing Groups of Experts on ASF in Europe took place with the participation of 31 countries of Europe on 6 May 2020 via zoom instead of face-to-face due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • An update on the FAO activities on ASF in the Balkans, including past and upcoming assessment missions, simulation exercises, trainings and more.


  • Virtual regional Training of Trainers on ASF detection organized by FAO RAP by engaging animal health officials from Cambodia, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Regional FETPV (22 June – 2 July 2020).
  • Online course on ASF preparedness for Asia was successfully finished with 490 participants from 27 countries in Asia and Pacific Region with a dozen tutors (May-June 2020).
  • Online meeting with CVO Papua New Guinea, NAQIA, FAO HQs, FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (RAP) and FAO Papua New Guinea and Development Partners was held on 16 June to update on epidemiological situation and control measures, as well as to discuss support to ASF response.


  • On June 2020, FAO applied a diagnostic survey to compile background information about preparedness and risk management for ASF as part of the implementation of an emergency project on ASF preparedness in Latin America and the Caribbean. Meetings are being held individually with countries to identify gaps and organize future actions.
  • FAO is preparing an online course on good practices for emergency management (GEMP) to be launched for the countries of Central America in September 2020.