Train-the trainer Workshop on Ranema Flu

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RANEMA FLU is an interactive self-teaching/learning tool developed by CIRAD and FAO on the prevention and control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).  RANEMA-FLU uses recreational and interactive scenarios while covering the following topics: Introduction to avian influenza; surveillance of the HPAI; Avian Influenza and wild birds; Introduction to Risk Analysis and available resources.

Ranema Flu Training, group picture

From August 25-29, 2014 the Train the Trainer Workshop on RANEMA-FLU was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with technical and financial support of USDA-APHIS and CIRAD and the coordination of the CaribVET Avian Diseases and Epidemiology Working Groups.

Eleven officials from ten Caribbean countries (Barbados, Belize, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) participated in the train the trainer workshop.

The facilitators of the workshop were Dr. Cécile Squarzoni from CIRAD, Montpellier and Dr. Victor Góngora, Consultant at the Belize Poultry Association and Chair of the CaribVET Epidemiology Working Group.

The participants uploaded the RANEMA Flu training module in their laptops and completed each of the five chapters during morning and afternoon sessions. Sessions were alternated with presentations delivered by each country representative on their Avian and Newcastle surveillance plans. Presentations on the Caribbean Avian Influenza Context and the Belize Example on AI simulation exercise were delivered by Dr. Victor Gongora. 

At the end of the training, each of the participants drafted a plan for the implementation of Ranema flu training in their countries using a roadmap and specifications templates provided by Dr. Cécile Squarzoni from CIRAD

Opening remarks were provided by Dr. Lissette Gomez, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Dominican Republic; and Dr. Bolivar Toribio, Director of Livestock addressed the participants during the last session of the training.

By Paula Morales, Agricultural Scientist, USDA-APHIS-IS, Coordination Unit, Dominican Republic.

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