The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) marked its 100th anniversary with an online conference, covering an overview of its rich history, evolution, and vision for the future of animal health. Attended by over 500 participants, the invitation-only event featured five notable speakers who shared their unique perspectives on this special occasion.
- Dr Monique Eloit, the Director General, set the tone with a compelling keynote address, reflecting on the organisation’s pivotal role in global issues over the past century and providing insightful lessons for the future.
- Dr Montserrat Arroyo, Deputy Director General, presented the Foresight Project WOAH is undertaking. The Foresight Project is engaging a diverse group of professionals to explore and design emerging futures, ensuring such scenarios remain at the forefront of animal health challenges.
- Dr Fajur Sabah Al Salloom, Director for Animal Health from the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture in the Kingdom of Bahrain, shared an insightful speech on her own experience as WOAH Delegate for Bahrain and the essential need to strengthen Veterinary Services.
- Dr Debbie Eagles, Acting Director of CSIRO’s Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, a cornerstone of WOAH’s collaborative network, underscored the importance of collaboration and innovation, as well as including the One Health approach in every discussion, for improved animal health worldwide.
- Dr Moetapele Letshwenyo, Sub-Regional Representative for Southern Africa, brought a unique regional perspective that enriches our organisation.