2nd Meeting of the Veterinary Public Health Working Group

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Mar, 09/10/2013 - 16:45 - Jue, 09/12/2013 - 16:45
Fort Young Hotel, Roseau, Dominica

CaribVET in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is organising the 2nd Meeting of the Veterinary Public Health Working Group in Dominica.

The CaribVET Veterinary Public Health Working Group’s mandate includes coordinating regional activities on Rabies, Leptospirosis and Salmonellosis.

The Meeting will focus on Leptospirosis, as it represents an emerging health problem in several countries/territories of the Caribbean Region. The meeting is expected to be attended by approximately 12 to 15 members of the Veterinary Services, Public Health agencies, Ministries of Health, Research centers and Universities of the Caribbean. In addition, observer(s) to the meeting will be invited (international expert on Leptospirosis, expert from Pasteur Institute Guadeloupe) to bring their expertise and help the group formulate relevant projects for the Caribbean.

One of the main objectives of the meeting is to initiate the development of appropriate regional surveillance / control activities and relevant projects to meet the needs identified by the countries/territories of the Caribbean, and as recommended by the CaribVET Steering Committee and the CARICOM Chief Veterinary Officers.

The specific objectives of the meeting are:
1. To discuss and finalise the Terms of Reference and membership of the VPH working group
2. To review the Leptospirosis situation in the Caribbean in animals and humans and discuss
Leptospirosis diagnostic capabilities, surveillance, prevention in the Caribbean
3. To organise regional activities on Leptospirosis, Rabies and Salmonellosis and develop a
workplan for the VPH working group
4. To develop regional guidelines for a One Health approach to Leptospirosis surveillance,
prevention and control for Caribbean countries

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