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Levels of advancement

II­11 Emerging issues

1.

The VS do not have procedures to identify in advance

The authority and capability of the VS to identify in advance, and take appropriate action in response to likely emerging issues under their mandate relating to the sanitary status of the country, public health, the environment, or trade in animals and animal products.

likely emerging issues.

2.

The VS monitor and review developments at national

and international levels relating to emerging issues.

3. the

The VS assess the risks, costs and/or opportunities of identified emerging issues, including preparation of

appropriate national preparedness plans. The VS have some collaboration with stakeholders and other agencies (e.g. human health, wildlife, animal welfare and environment) on emerging issues. 4. The VS implement, in coordination with stakeholders, prevention or control actions due to an adverse emerging issue, or beneficial actions from a positive emerging issue. The VS have welldeveloped formal collaboration with stakeholders and other agencies (e.g. human health, wildlife, animal welfare and environment) on emerging issues. 5. The VS coordinate actions with neighbouring countries and trading partners to respond to emerging issues, including audits of each other’s ability to detect and address emerging

issues in their early stages.

Results Strengths : The VS developed and updates several contingency plans for diseases like HPAI, BSE and FMD. The network for addressing emerging issues is there through internet access at central and state veterinary offices, well trained personnel, good links among SADC countries and good English Weaknesses : We did not see any evidence of preventive strategies being implemented. The high number of vacant positions and budget limitations prevent at times the consideration to indentify emergencies in advance Supporting documentation (documents or photos):

Detailed findings during visit:

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term : Consider assigning the responsibility of monitoring emerging issues in the region Medium / Long Term :

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