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   2014 / 01  

 

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Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,

Welcome to the second edition of the RISKSUR newsletter!

The RISKSUR project aims to develop support tools for the design of cost-effective, risk-based animal health surveillance. Over the last months, we targeted a major research effort towards mapping the system context within which animal health surveillance is conducted in several EU countries. Such work has not been done previously. As a result, we are very pleased to be able to now present a comprehensive description of animal health surveillance activities and the associated systems context.
A further focus of recent work has been to develop a conceptual and analytical framework for animal health surveillance system design. This will be applicable to different production systems taking into account both economic as well as epidemiological factors.

On a personal note, of the different multi-partner research projects I have participated in, RISKSUR is probably the most demanding in terms of the need for almost constant extensive and frequent interaction among the majority of partners. Given this challenge, I am particularly pleased with the progress of the project so far and I am most grateful to the whole project team for their work effort and constructive attitude.

I am also very excited that 3 oral and 1 poster presentation based on RISKSUR research were selected for presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS2) in Havana in May.

Finally I would like to take the opportunity to thank all members of our two Advisory Boards for their direct and indirect support as well as their valuable contributions!
I hope you will enjoy our newsletter,

Prof. Dirk Pfeiffer, RVC London
On behalf of the RISKSUR Consortium


Britain wild bird abundance scores Report

on “Mapping of animal health surveillance and its system context in Europe”

RISKSUR partners have recently completed the work on mapping existing surveillance components in seven European countries (France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) and the context within which animal health surveillance is conducted in Europe. The resulting report describes the animal production system characteristics and dynamics, and how populations and service providers are connected and embedded into current animal health surveillance.

Data were collected on existing private and public surveillance, critical infrastructure and decision-making processes, as well as on human and animal populations and between-country trade flows across Europe. The report also presents the key decision-making criteria identified by the relevant stakeholders for a total of 484 surveillance components included in the analysis, which were either of active or enhanced passive type.

This research describes key surveillance characteristics and highlights the linkages between systems and countries and consequences for risk management and further research. It is shown that there is indeed a need for more integrated analyses of system characteristics within and between countries and these should explicitly include temporal and spatial dynamics, such as trade flows. A brief synopsis of the report is available for download from the RISKSUR webpage:
http://www.fp7-risksur.eu/sites/fp7-risksur.eu/files/D1.1%20Research%20Brief.pdf


horses being observed by epidemiologistThe EVA tool:

an integrated approach for evaluation of animal health surveillance systems

Animal health surveillance systems need to be tailored to particular animal production system characteristics which are in turn influenced by a mix of epidemiological, ecological, economic, social and environmental factors. Given the dynamic nature of these systems, it is essential to regularly re-evaluate the effectiveness of the surveillance programmes.

One objective of the RISKSUR project is to develop a practical tool providing guidance to decision makers when performing integrated economic and epidemiological evaluation of animal health surveillance systems. So far, an assessment of the needs and challenges has been performed and a conceptual model of a decision support tool for economic evaluation of animal health surveillance systems has been developed (EVA tool) based on several expert discussions. The EVA tool builds on existing evaluation frameworks, methods and tools. Users will have to provide inputs in relation to the evaluation question and the context (epidemiological situation, surveillance objectives and data availability) of the evaluation process. The tool will then use this information to recommend an appropriate set of evaluation attributes and corresponding measurement methods. It will also offer detailed guidance on the application of the methods and the interpretation of the outputs generated.

More detail on the currently envisioned structure and logic of the EVA tool are presented in a recent report produced by the RISKSUR consortium  together with the evaluation and development challenges yet to be addressed.


RISKSUR

at ICAHS2 2014 in Havana

The 2nd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS2) will take place in Havana, Cuba, 7-9 May, 2014. RISKSUR will be represented with three oral presentations and one poster presentation.


RISKSUR webinar

series to start with session on African swine fever

On 15 May 2014, at 16:00 (CEST) we will run the first in a series of “RISKSUR Surveillance Surgery” webinars. The theme of the first session is African swine fever (ASF) surveillance. It will be delivered using an online meeting format, where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute information in relation to ASF surveillance. Topics such as design, implementation and evaluation of surveillance programs for African swine fever will be covered. Some of the key experts in this field in Europe will be attending, including RISKSUR consortium members Prof. Jose Manuel Sanchez Vizcaino from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and Dr. Sandra Blome and Prof. Franz Conraths from the Friedrich Löffler Institut – Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit (Germany). Participation will be free of charge. The webinar will run for 1.5 hours at maximum, and it will be recorded.

The webinar will run for 1.5 hours at a maximum. Last seats available! If interested, don't hesitate to contact Jorge Pinto Ferreira at Safoso.


Best practice workshop & guidelines

RISKSUR will conduct a workshop with the goal to develop best-practice guidelines for animal health surveillance on September 30, 2014, in The Hague, The Netherlands. A total of 25-50 participants, with a mixed background in surveillance research, practice and policy will be invited to attend. Workshop organisation is led by RISKSUR partner SAFOSO. Please direct any enquiries to Katharina Stärk.

As the outcome of the workshop, best surveillance practice guidelines will be drafted under the leadership of RISKSUR partner FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations). The document will be based on ongoing work at FAO and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) and will be further developed through external consultation. Topics to be covered will include: surveillance objectives, approaches, data collection, surveillance protocols, data analysis, result presentation and communication. FAO contact: Julio Pinto.

RISKSUR has received funding from the
European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement N° 310806
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