HPAI Technical Meeting, 27-29th June 2007, FAO, OIE, WHO, Rome
On the occasion of the International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza held in Bamako on 8 December 2006, the need was discussed for a technical meeting to be scheduled prior to the next Ministerial Conference to be held in New Delhi in December 2007. FAO-OIE-WHO in collaboration with UNICEF and UNSIC are co-organizing the Technical Meeting, which is to be held in Rome, from 27-29 June 2007.
Participants will be presented a summary of the current global epidemiologic situation of HPAI in poultry, and a risk assessment of human infection with the H5N1 virus. An assessment of the current risk of a pandemic of influenza and the state of preparedness of countries will also be presented. There will be an assessment of current strategies and practices as have been applied over the last three years for the control of HPAI in poultry and reduction of the associated risk of human infection.
A report will be prepared which will provide strategic guidance for the prevention and control of HPAI/H5NI in poultry and associated human infections, in the short, mid, and longer-term. The report, which will be circulated among the donor community and the participants of the New Delhi Conference, is expected to inform and drive high-level policy and decision-making.
The objectives of the proposed technical meeting to be held in Rome 27-29 June, have been designed to address key questions facing international and national decision makers addressing animal disease prevention and control, the prevention of human infection, and in pandemic preparedness.
Review the best available scientific, technical and operational evidence to date on the nature of HPAI, and H5N1 infection in humans and for its prevention and control, and provide an authoritative assessment of risk
Provide strategic guidance to partners on technical and policy options for cost-effective and cost-efficient measures for the effective prevention and control of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry and associated human infections
Identify the current state of pandemic influenza preparedness in the context of H5N1 human infections
Identify and build consensus on geographical and thematic priorities and key constraints that need to be overcome, in the immediate, medium, and longer term, to effectively address highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry and associated human infection