8 September 2021, Tashkent – FAO Country Office in Uzbekistan in cooperation with the State Committee of Veterinary and Livestock Development of Uzbekistan organized a training on brucellosis control with participation of Dr. Jose Blasco, an international FAO expert on brucellosis. The training was attended by approximately 50 people, including the epidemiologists, laboratory staff and scientific personnel from veterinary research institutes and professors of Samarkand Institute of Veterinary Medicine.
The training was organized within the framework of FAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme “Establishing a Network on Priority Livestock Diseases in Central Asia”. This Programme aims to establish a regional network among five recipient countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – on priority livestock diseases. As such brucellosis has been selected as an initial disease to focus preliminary regional network establishment given its cross-border dimension and high prioritization among all Central Asian countries. It also has potential serious economic and social impact on the poorest members of society.
Regional animal health network serves as a platform for exchanging information and experience, standardizing laboratories, field prevention/control, communication and other procedures as well as for identifying gaps, weaknesses and for providing training and capacity building.
Healthy animals contribute to the elimination of hunger, healthy people and sustainable food production. The link between human and animal populations, and with the surrounding environment, is particularly strong in developing regions. Changes in livestock production increase the risk of new pathogens to emerging and spreading from animals to humans on a global scale. FAO regards animal health necessary for sustainable livestock production.
«A comprehensive approach – the One Health approach – is needed to deal with the complexities of changing disease landscapes. This approach gives greater emphasis to agro-ecological resilience, the protection of biodiversity, the efficient use of natural resources and the safety of food supply chains particularly in areas worst afflicted by poverty and animal disease», – noted by Sherzod Umarov, Assistant FAO Representative.
At the training Dr. Jose Blasco presented reports on the «Overview of brucellosis control in small ruminants and cattle: lessons learned from Spain» and «Technical aspects for control and eradication of brucellosis in domestic ruminants: tools and strategies». During his trip to Uzbekistan Dr. Jose Blasco also visited small ruminant farm and veterinary laboratory in Tashkent region.