ong>OIEong>/ong>FAOong> ong>Regionalong> ong>Workshopong> on Trainers' Training on HPAI Surveillance and Control
(Bangkok, Thailand, 23-24 July 2007)
The ong>Workshopong> was attended by 38 people including delegates of national governments of this Project,
under the ong>OIEong>/Japan Special Trust Fund, for training field veterinarians and para-professionals (namely
two government officials were invited by ong>OIEong> from national central bureaus and from local offices who
are involved in the training of local veterinarians and para-professionals), and Chief Technical Advisors
of the ong>FAOong> country representations, from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam,
observers and organisers.
The ong>Workshopong> aimed at updating the situation of training local veterinarians and para-professionals in
surveillance and control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), and the outcome of the ong>Workshopong>
resulted in the practical planning of National Trainers’ Training Courses for those local people.
Opening remarks were made by Dr Chaweewan Leowijuk, Chief Veterinary Officer and Deputy Director
General, Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, Dr
Teruhide Fujita, ong>Regionalong> Representative, ong>OIEong> ong>Regionalong> Representation for Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo
and Dr Laurence Gleeson, ong>Regionalong> ECTAD Manager, ong>FAOong> ong>Regionalong> Representation for Asia and the
Pacific, Bangkok. All of them highlighted the importance of HPAI control through the effective training
of local veterinarians and para-professionals (animal health workers).
From the ong>OIEong> side, Drs Shiro Yoshimura (ong>OIEong> Bangkok), Mat Yamage and Ikuo Koike (both ong>OIEong> Technical
Consultants) reported the concept of ong>OIEong> Code on surveillance and animal health, HPAI control
strategies, lessons learned on diagnosis, containment of the disease, vaccination, surveillance and
From the ong>FAOong> side, ong>FAOong>’s experiences in training at the filed level in Indonesia and Laos was presented.
The host country, Thailand, spoke about lessons learned from the successful control of HPAI and trainers’
training courses in the country.
Participants from the invited countries and ong>FAOong> Chief Technical Advisors (CTAs) discussed the current
status of HPAI in the respective countries, their experiences in training and constraints against effective
implementation of training and control measures for HPAI.
The ong>Workshopong> put much emphasis on the importance of training local veterinarians and paraprofessionals
on HPAI strategic surveillance in line with the agreed concept with the donor (ong>OIEong> and the
Government of Japan).
The ong>Workshopong> discussed further development of trainers’ training and recommended the following:
1. Trainers’ training courses should be organised by ong>OIEong> in collaboration with ong>FAOong> at a national
2. The objective of the national training courses is to establish national resources to provide
further training on surveillance for local (field) veterinarians and para-professionals.
3. The design of trainers’ training courses should be linked with the plan for overall training
according to the country needs under the national HPAI control strategies and implementation
4. Training should be considered as an issue of crosscutting various needs for surveillance.
Therefore, there should be an integrated approach to ensure that all necessary subjects
including communication skills and training methodologies for a particular level of trainees
should be included in the curriculum as appropriate. In addition, follow-up activities should be
provided to ensure the utilisation of the training inputs by trainees.
5. Training should be organised in a collaborative and synergistic manner with existing donors and
be coherent with past and ongoing activities.
6. Targeted approaches should be considered to ensure cost effectiveness of the training and
7. Training courses should be designed to ensure that quality control and evaluation process are in
8. Experts with technical and practical experiences in HPAI control at country and regional levels
should be selected as resource persons for the trainers’ training.
9. Selection criteria of trainees should also be considered for effective management of training
10. Training materials should be prepared in consultation with experts to ensure quality and
practicality. Existing training materials should be reviewed and utilised as materials for this
trainers’ training, and those should be translated into local languages.
The national level training courses will be organised by ong>OIEong> in September-October 2007, in collaboration
with ong>FAOong>, in particular, in consultation with and with participation of CTAs in the respective countries.