The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in collaboration with Department of Livestock under Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan organized the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathway Training Workshop for South Asia and Mongolia from 12th – 15th February 2019 in Paro.Thirty four participants from the SAARC Member Countries, Mongolia, Canada, United States and Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) attended the training. The resource persons for the training workshop were international PVS Experts and OIE staff from Tokyo and Paris.
Dr. Tashi Samdup, the Director General, Department of Livestock and also currently the Vice President of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania represented the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests at the launch of the workshop.
The objective of the training was to assist the Veterinary Services of the OIE Member countries to better promote, prepare for, host and follow up on OIE PVS Pathway missions and reports. Further they should independently apply the PVS Tool methodologies within their country, such as at decentralized level (PVS Self-Evaluation). The successful trainees should be able to potentially participate as trainee experts on PVS Pathway missions to other countries within Asia after gaining full OIE certification as OIE PVS Pathway experts with the capacity to undertake missions globally.
The OIE PVS Pathway is a global programme for the sustainable improvement of a country’s Veterinary Services (VS) compliance with OIE standards on the quality of Veterinary Services. Considering that the activities of the Veterinary Services are a global public good and are consequently eligible for appropriate national, regional or international public funding support.
The OIE PVS Evaluation mission helps member countries to identify the country’s gaps and constraints in their veterinary services. Similarly, the OIE Gap Analysis mission helps member country with sets of recommendations to improve their veterinary services, followed by other missions such as legislation mission, laboratory mission and other supports to further enhance the veterinary services. OIE also fields follow-up mission to assess the level of compliance or improvement and provide further recommendations for strengthening the VS in the participating country.
The OIE fielded series of missions to carry out the evaluation of the performance of veterinary services in Bhutan. The first PVS mission was fielded in June 2008 followed by Gap Analysis Mission in November 2009 and a follow-up mission in March 2015. The OIE also fielded Laboratory Mission in January 2016 and legislation mission in 2018. The recommendations of the OIE missions were accordingly incorporated in the 12th FYP document of the Department of Livestock aligning with its developmental goals which are to ensure livestock product self-sufficiency and to safeguard human and animal health including their welfare.The series of missions fielded by OIE for the PVS Evaluation has benefitted Bhutan by enhancing the delivery of animal health services through capacity building which include infrastructure development, human resource and advanced services in laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology and veterinary clinical services.
-DOL and ICTD
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