In partnership, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) are rolling out interactive workshops targeting a truly operational One Health approach at national level. The workshops, with equal participation by the Human Health and Animal Health sectors, enable countries to jointly develop a road map to improve intersectoral collaboration, thus strengthening capacity to address major health security risks, many of which are zoonotic.
The VLSP was developed to provide countries with the opportunity to have their legislation in the veterinary domain systematically reviewed by VLSP experts, identify gaps and weakness in that legislation, strengthen their capacity in legal drafting and develop new legislation.
The PVS Sustainable Laboratories Mission was developed to provide in-depth analysis of the pertinence, efficiency, and sustainability of the national laboratory network, including an appropriate balance of personnel, infrastructure, equipment and operational resources, based on national diagnostic needs.
To support the quality of veterinary education and help ensure that Day 1 veterinary graduates have the necessary competencies, the WOAH (founded as OIE) developed the following documents for its Member Countries: WOAH Recommendations on the Competencies of graduating veterinarians (‘Day 1 graduates’) and the WOAH Guidelines on Veterinary Education Core Curriculum. In a parallel effort, the WOAH has developed the WOAH Competency Guidelines for Veterinary Paraprofessionals and the WOAH Curricula Guidelines for Veterinary Paraprofessionals . the model core curricula to support the competencies for Veterinary Para-professionals (VPPs).
The regulation of the training, qualifications and performance of veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals is an important aspect of a strong national Veterinary Services. Towards that end, the WOAH developed a VSB Twinning programme through which Member Countries who wish to develop a VSB or strengthen an existing one can receive guidance from another Member Country. The implementation of that programme is currently evolving to provide new targeted approaches to provide support for VSBs.
The National Focal Points assist the Delegate in fulfilling his/her responsibilities to the WOAH, in certain areas of specialisation, in order to ensure a standard setting process that is transparent and fully participatory among WOAH Member Countries. Since 2014, the WOAH has been undertaking regular training activities targeting national Focal Points. There is currently a strong leadership commitment to modernise the WOAH training system to ensure it remains fit for purpose and aligned with WOAH member Countries’ needs.
The WOAH is providing support to its Member Countries to explore, plan and implement Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the delivery of Veterinary Services. Support is based on guidelines the WOAH has developed through an in depth and consultative process, Guidelines for Public-Private Partnerships in the Veterinary Domain (the “WOAH PPP Handbook”).