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Levels of advancement

II­12 Technical innovation4

1.

The VS have only informal access to technical

innovations, through personal contacts and external sources.

2.

The VS maintain a database of technical innovations

The capability of the VS to keep uptodate with the latest scientific advances and to comply with the standards of the OIE (and Codex Alimentarius Commission where applicable).

to

3.

The VS have a specific programme to actively identify

and international standards, through scientific journals and electronic media.

subscriptions

relevant technical innovations and international standards.

4. The international

VS

incorporate technical innovations standards into selected policies

and and

procedures, in collaboration with stakeholders.

5.

The VS systematically implement relevant technical

innovations and international standards.

Results Strengths: The DVS staff appears interested and committed to technical innovations. The VS are actively submitting data into WAHIS and are providing recommendations to improve the system (entering data offline and then submitting) Application of electronic pens and mobile phones to enter data on the animal disease forms from the field directly into the data base Subscription to scientific journals in DVS and CVL Weaknesses: The high number of vacant positions and budget limitations prevent at times the consideration of new and more innovative approaches. Supporting documentation (documents or photos): Disease Report Form TC.3937.FAO.TAD.002 V 2.00 DVS Disease Report Forms capital press 002442 OIE WAHIS results for Namibia at www.oie.int The Namibian Epidemiology and Animal Health Information System Vet News Namibia Vol.5 Issue 2: AprilJune 2008 Detailed findings during visit: Digital pens: In their efforts to incorporate new technology in data collection, the epidemiology section started to use digital pens to enter data directly at the farm in electronic form into the central TADInfo data base. Currently they are using 20 digital pens and they plan to expand the number significantly by renting the equipment. They intend to soon enter all animal health data from the Northern territory along the Angola border via this electronic system.

Priorities/Recommendations

4 Technical innovation includes new disease control methods, new types of vaccines and diagnostic tests, food safety technologies, and connections to electronic networks on disease information and food emergencies.

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