Regional Representation for Americas
Regional Representation for Americas
Arrival of Dr Vergara Zarate from Paraguay (at OIE Headquarters)
Dr Patricia Eliana Vergara Zarate started her new functions as Chargée de mission within the World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department on January 12, 2017.
Patricia Eliana will be responsible for carrying out the verification process (qualitative, quantitative and historical consistency) and archiving of the monthly, biannual and annual reports including on the diseases of the wild animals sent to the OIE through WAHIS. She will also join the tracking team to extend its searching capacity. Patricia Eliana will also provide technical support to users of WAHIS and will actively participate in future improvements to the OIE's animal health information system, as well as new platforms such as WAHIS Alerts smartphones application, World Animal Health, etc.
Veterinarian by training, Patricia Eliana graduated from the National University of Asunción (San Lorenzo, Paraguay).
Patricia Eliana previously was Veterinary on the Epidemiology Area of the Servicio Nacional de Calidad y Salud Animal (SENACSA).
We wish her a warm welcome!
Workshop for the OIE Focal Points for Wildlife
From 21 to 23 March, the 4th Cycle of the Regional Workshop for the OIE Focal Points for Wildlife will be held in Asuncion, Paraguay.
The first Cycle of the training workshop, which was carried out in Panama in 2009, aimed to provide information about the OIE, the activities developed by the OIE Working Group on Wildlife diseases and the importance of the pathogens in wild animals.
In 2011, in Argentina, the second cycle took place with the main objective of improving the notification of the wildlife diseases.
The third cycle was developed in Canada in 2014. During it, subjects such as risk analysis, trade and diagnostic methods were deepened.
The OIE Focal Points for Wildlife, designated by the Delegates from the Americas Member Countries, will meet again this year with the objective of updating their knowledge of their roles and responsibilities in supporting and strengthening the implementation of the OIE Standards. And in this way, to continue working to improve the wildlife health and welfare in the Americas Region.
Dr Emerio Serrano Ramírez: New OIE Sub-Regional Representative for Central America
The Americas Region welcomes the new OIE Sub Regional Representative for Central America: Dr Emerio Serrano Ramírez.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Specialist in Epizootiology, Dr Serrano has developed clinical field activities in cows, sheep, goats and horses during his career. He also has more than 30 years of experience in management work within the Veterinary Services, at national, regional and provincial level of the Cuban Veterinary Medicine Institute, country where he was born.
As a specialist in epizootiology, he took part in the elaboration, implementation, conduction and assessment of endemic diseases prevention, control and eradication programs, and of Cuba’s exotic diseases national programs of emergency. Furthermore, he assisted in the design, implementation and updating of the Cuba’s epizootiological information and surveillance system.
Dr Serrano also developed and directed programs of prevention, confrontation and mitigation of health disasters, and took part actively in the development of the Veterinary Medicine Law of his country.
He has directed several international projects in the Animal Health field, sponsored by FAO, OPS/OMS and OIEA. He took part in several missions for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services as an OIE expert and for the support to Foot and Mouth Disease Control Programmes in Latin America. He also took part in missions for Cuba’s technical cooperation in area countries and in Angola.
Cuba’s OIE Delegate from 1987 to 2011, he held the position of President or Vice-president of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas in many opportunities. In 2010, he was distinguished with the OIE Gold Medal.
The Americas Region wishes Dr Emerio Serrano a warm welcome and the best in this new stage.
Dr Daza Gutiérrez: New chargée de mission from Bolivia at OIE Headquarters
Dr Hernán Oliver Daza Gutiérrez started his new functions as Chargée de mission within the Status Department on 6 February, 2017.
Hernán Oliver will be in charge of the collection and analysis of scientific and normative documents submitted by Member Countries in support of their application for recognition of official disease status or endorsed national control programme recognition and the annual maintenance of status in accordance with the standard operating procedure. He will Participate in the evaluation of dossiers submitted by OIE Member Countries in support of their self-declaration of freedom against the relevant articles of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code and in accordance with established standard operating procedures. He will contribute to the implementation of the FAO/OIE Global Strategy for FMD.
Veterinarian by training, Hernán Oliver graduated from the Universidad Autónoma "Gabriel Rene Moreno" (Santa Cruz, Bolivia). He has a Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine and a Doctorate in Animal Science both delivered by the Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais-UFMG (Belo Horizonte, Brazil).
Hernán Oliver previously was Manager of the National Department of Epidemiology in the National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety SENASAG (Trinidad, Bolivia). The Americas Region wishes him a warm welcome.
Meeting with the Panamanian Ministry of Agricultural Development
The OIE Regional Representative for the Americas, Dr Luis Barcos, met in the city of Panama with the engineer Eduardo Enrique Carles, Minister of Agricultural Development of the Centro American country. During the meeting, the officials mainly talked about the cooperation between the OIE and the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA in Spanish). As a way of strengthening the links between the two bodies, Panama’s Government is going to send an expert to work at the OIE Sub-Regional office, located in such country. Furthermore, and taking into account the proximity of the Regional Workshop for the OIE Focal Points for Wildlife, it was discussed the possibility of developing wildlife surveillance activities in the watershed of the Panama Canal.
VICH (International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products) is a trilateral programme between the United States, the European Union and Japan, aimed at harmonising technical requirements for veterinary products registration. Countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa take part as observers, who are committed to implement the adopted VICH Guides.
The VICH’ Steering Committee is composed by official representatives from USA, EU and Japan, and the industry from these three regions.
The Outreach Forum, whose meetings are held together with the Steering Committee ones, was established in 2011. This Forum was created since a meeting between VICH and other countries (China, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Korea, Asian Regional Organization and African Regional Organization), with the OIE support and participation, and CAMEVET was invited to take part in this meeting with others regional countries (Argentina, Brazil and Mexico). The meeting objective was to approach the mentioned countries to discuss the possibility of the use of the VICH guides in order to harmonize and facilitate the registration process, and to reduce the use of animals in the development and assessment of products.
The Steering Committee meets approximately every 6 months at one of the member regions countries. After the Forum meeting in Brussels, CAMEVET was invited to organize in Buenos Aires the 34th VICH Steering Committee and the 8th VICH Outreach Forum to be held from February 27 to March 2, 2017.
In the framework of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopted by WHO Member States in May 2015, the OIE, supported by FAO and WHO within the tripartite collaboration, has taken the lead to build a global database on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals. The OIE’s partners acknowledge this accomplishment as a major milestone in the global effort to contain antimicrobial resistance.
Following the first round of data collection, we are pleased to inform that the first Annual report on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals: Better understanding of the Global Situation for 2016 is now available for download. The Spanish version will be available soon. The project is currently in the second phase of data collection.
In this way, it is demonstrate that National Veterinary Services are key contributors for the global challenge of managing antimicrobial resistance.
Would you like to know more about Antimicrobial Resistance? In the following interview given to the Argentina media “Agrositio” (http://www.agrositio.com), the OIE Regional Representative for the Americas explains why this threat is a challenge for all sectors and the measures that must be taken to prevent it. Everybody can do something in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance. Watch the video to find out how.
Electronic meeting for discussing OIE standards under revision
A total of 20 countries and 70 participants from Americas Region took part in the electronic meeting that was held with the Specialist Commissions experts to discuss the OIE standards under revision. These meetings, which are held regularly in our region, try to clarify doubts regarding the commission reports interpretation and the way of making comments to the standards.
Following the OIE procedures to set standards, Member Countries’ Delegates must submit the comments on OIE standards under revision by a deadline. Then the Specialist Commissions examine these comments and the resulting documents of these examinations are submitted for approval of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates at the General Session in May each year. This way, the transparency of the standard development process is ensured.
Click to access to the reports of the Specialist Commissions that are available online and incorporate as appendices the accepted reports from OIE working and ad hoc groups: Code, Scientific, Laboratories, Aquatic.
In the following chart you could see how the complete standardization process is.
Meeting of the Argentinian National Commission for the Control of the Antimicrobial Resistance
“Animal welfare for a better world”
"The OIE strives to make the world a better place for those who inhabit it. The great challenge is to achieving a production of enough quality animal products, for which the development of animal welfare policies is indispensable, because the relationship between humans and animals is extremely close", Dr Botlhe Michael Modisane, President of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates.
The 4th OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare was held in Guadalajara City with the main objective of encouraging and supporting the implementation of OIE animal welfare standards by Member Countries, with a special emphasis on strategies and implementation tools.
The event was attended by 450 participants, including OIE Delegates, OIE Focal Points for Animal Welfare, members of Collaborating Centres, and recognised scientists and university professors, among others.
During the meeting, plenary presentations and working groups were developed on the "One Animal Welfare" approach, the application of new technologies in the evaluation of animal welfare, and national and regional strategies for animal welfare, among others topics.
The OIE Focal Points and the Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare from the Americas Region had the opportunity to hold a meeting in which they committed to work together and to build up a contact network to stay in touch and share information of interest.
The presentations made at the conference are available here for download.
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Institutional Visit to Peru’s Veterinary Services
Dr Luis Barcos, OIE Regional Representative for the Americas, took part in a visit to Peruvian Veterinary Services during which he had the opportunity to meet with the General Director, Agricultural Engineer Jorge Barrenechea, OIE Delegate, Dr Janios Miguel Quevedo Valle, as well as the Heads from the Veterinary Medicines Registration, Food Safety, Animal Health and Laboratories areas.
Peruvian authorities requested the OIE support for the development of a National Plan for the Control and Eradication of Classical Swine Fever, for which Dr Luis Carbajo will visit Peru as an expert recommended by OIE.
In addition, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Plan, currently under development, was discussed. In this way, Peru joins the countries from the Americas Region that are working on action plans against Antimicrobial Resistance.
The OIE takes part in the X International Scientific Conference of Peruvian National Health Institute
This year, the main Conference’s topic was the “One Health” Global Initiative, which tries to spread the interdisciplinary collaboration through the acknowledgement and emphasis on the strong links between human and animal health as well as ecosystems.
Colloquies and panel discussions about Antimicrobial Resistance, Arbovirosis surveillance in Perú (dengue, chikungunya and zika), and Public Health innovation in the XXI century were carried out during the meeting.
The OIE Regional Representative for the Americas participated in the panel discussion: “One Health” in health prevention, as well as other specialists in the subject. In addition, he was interviewed by Peru’s N channel on Antimicrobial Resistance, its importance and preventive measures.
“We are facing diseases and there are not antibiotics for treating them, therefore we are dealing a health problem”, Dr. Luis Barcos commented.
In the region of the Americas, we collaborate with the global efforts against Antimicrobial Resistance and we promote good practices to limit the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria throughout the world.
Presentation of the “Ecuador is quality” scientific magazine and Quality Management System certification
The Ecuadorian Agency of Agro Quality Assurance (Agrocalidad) carried out the presentation of the volumes 3 and 4 of the “Ecuador is quality” scientific magazine. This magazine has been developed with the aim of spreading the outcomes of original relevant researches in the livestock area, in compliance with international quality standards that guarantee the impartiality and the high level of the published articles.
Dr Luis Barcos, the OIE Regional Representative for the Americas, participated in the meeting and was acknowledged for the support and collaboration given to the institutional management.
On the other hand, and once preparation, training and audits procedures were fulfilled, the Bureau Veritas Company granted Agrocalidad the certification on Quality Management System based on the ISO – 9001:2008 international standard, which sets criteria and quality indexes in procedures.
On their part, the Ecuadorian Certification Service (SAE) granted the certifications based on the ISO/IEC 17025:2006 standard for the implementation of a Quality Management System for calibration and testing laboratories. The objective is to show that they are competent and capable of producing technically valid results.
This certification procedure has a 3 years validity, while the certifying entity shall develop audits to the system every 6 months.
Diego Vizcaíno, Agrocalidad Executive Director expressed “The goal is to modernize the customer service, to speed the certification and registration procedure, and to improve the quality of the service provided to farmers and the general public”.
I Regional Jabalí Conference
Between December 9 and 10 will be held the "I Regional Jabalí Conference" in Artigas, Uruguay, whose objective is to generate a space for inter-institutional and interdisciplinary exchange at national and international levels to discuss proposals for the control and productive use of wild boar (download the Programme).
These are organized by the MGAP and the Pork Group UDELAR.
The Conference is free of charge and those who are interested in participating can register via the web in completing the form of this link or forwarding this form duly completed to the email Jornadas.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Americas Region celebrates its 23rd Regional Conference
“The Americas, with its diversity from North to South, is not the largest OIE Region but is a very active one, with a lot of energy, joy and willingness to work. Therefore, I am convinced that this Conference will be a success and which its recommendations and conclusions will contribute to our global mission of protecting animals, preserving our future” – Dr. Monique Eloit opening speech.
From November 14 to 18, the 23rd Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas was held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
It was attended by more than 90 participants, including OIE Delegates and/or their representatives from 20 Member Countries, observers, regional and international organizations, and private sector representatives from many regional countries.
Among other authorities on behalf of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Mr. César Cocarico Yana, Minister of Rural Development and Lands, and Mr. Muricio Ordoñez Castillo, SENASAG Executive Director, participated in the opening ceremony.
Furthermore, the OIE General Director and the President of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates among others OIE Headquarters and Regional Representation for the Americas representatives were present.
During the Conference, the participants were able to discuss about different regional issues and key points.
WCO: Trade facilitation
Mr Leonardo Maceo, from World Customs Organization (WCO), share with the Member countries of the Americas different lisks related to trade facilitation:
New technical assistant at the OIE of the Americas
Dr Lucía Escati has joined the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas in October 2016 as technical assistant. Her responsibilities shall primarily involve her role as regional communications correspondent, being in charge of improving the contact with media and press agencies in the Americas, as well as the diffusion of the activities carried out by our Organization at the global and regional level. Furthermore, she will support the OIE Regional Representation and Headquarters activities in the Americas region.
Dr Lucía Escati graduated as a Veterinarian at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and specialized in Veterinary Public Health. She worked as a researcher in the field of epidemiology and did a three months student internship in the Argentinian National Service for Food Health and Quality (SENASA), which allowed her to learn about the management of different areas of Veterinary Services.
Before being part of our staff, she accomplished a six month internship at the Regional Representation for the Americas, where could learn about the OIE structure and activities and gained experience in regional topics. She also took part in the organization of workshops and meetings.
We wish Lucia a warm welcome and expect her to gain more experience and continue pursuing her interests in public health and, risk management and communications.
Rabies is one of the most deadly zoonoses. Each year, it kills as many as 70,000 people worldwide, mostly children in developing countries. More
Over 95% of human cases of rabies are due to dog bites and unlike many other diseases, we already have all the tools needed to eradicate it.
The OIE provides science-based standards, guidelines and recommendations for the control of the disease in animals and to prevent its spread as well as standards for the diagnosis of rabies and the production of high quality veterinary vaccines.
The OIE has developed an exclusive web portal about rabies and you are invited to visit it: http://www.oie.int
New intern at the OIE of the Americas: Dr María Eugenia Chimenti
Dr María Eugenia Chimenti has begun an internship at the Regional Representation since today.
Maria Eugenia shall develop diverse tasks of interest to the OIE and especially for the region of the Americas, focused on One Health and Animal Welfare.
Trained as a veterinarian, María Eugenia graduated at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We wish her a warm welcome.
Following the kind offer of the government of Bolivia during the 83rd General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE, held in Paris in May 2015, the 23rd Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas will be held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra from 14 to 18 November 2016.
The purpose of the Conferences of the OIE Regional Commissions is to examine animal health, animal welfare and animal production food safety issues within the Region and to elaborate recommendations in accordance with the OIE General Rules. The recommendations to be adopted during the Conference will be presented to the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE in May 2017 for endorsement. Thus, participation of Member Countries in the Conferences of the OIE Regional Commissions is very important in order to allow the Country to be part of the discussions on the recommendations proposed for adoption. Once endorsed by the OIE World Assembly of Delegates, recommendations provide an important guideline for the thirty Member Countries of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas as well as for the overall Organisation.
Visit of Dr Jean-Philip Dop, OIE Deputy Director General
Dr Jean-Philip Dop, OIE Deputy Director General (Institutional Affairs and Regional Actions) shall visit Argentina and Paraguay on July 18th to 22nd.
In this visit to the region, Dr Dop shall visit the Regional Representation for the Americas, as well as holding different meetings with authorities from both countries, as well as the 17th Inter American Meeting of Ministers of health and Agriculture (RIMSA) which shall be celebrated in Asunción, Paraguay.
Ministers of Agriculture and Health of the Americas will participate in the most important forum of the Americas to define veterinary public health policies, betwen 21 and 22 of July at Asuncion, Paraguay. For more information please visit the meeting web site by clicking here.
The awards ceremony of the 1st OIE knowledge Olympics in the Americas took place in the opening session of the 84º General Session.
There were present Olympics winners, Dr Julio Urzua Sotomayor from Chile and Mr. Jonathan Madara from the United States of America, the OIE Director General Dr Monique Eloit, the President of the OIE World Assembly of Delegates Dr Botlhe Michael Modisane, the President of the OIE Regional Commission for the Americas Dr. Guilherme H. Figueiredo Marques, OIE Delegate from Chile Dr José Ignacio Gómez Meza, , Dr Jhon Clifford, Delegate of EEUU and Dr Luis Barcos, OIE Regional Representative for the Americas.
The MAPA Brazil developed the Information booklet for the participation of horses in the XXXI Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Paralympic Games Rio 2016.
This booklet aims clarification of main steps followed by persons in charge, importers and official veterinary services of exporting countries for sending horses to Brazil for participation in these events, the importers and the official veterinary services of the exporting countries. This document comprises information only regarding health issues involved in horse movement, not addressing operational, logistics, taxes, safety matters or regarding any other issues observed for proper internalization of animals, equipment, food and veterinarian supplies.
This English version was elaborated by the organization of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 considering the Protuguese version elaborated by Ministry of Agricultue, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil. In the case of any doubt or discrepancy in the English version of this information booklet, the Portuguese version shall be considered as definitive.
The Organizer Commitee of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games published another two documents:
1) The Rio 2016 Veterinary and Farrier Services Guide is a concise source of information about the provision of veterinary services at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It summarises the staff, services and facilities that will be available in order to ensure that the best possible support is provided to all horses competing in the Games, as follows: Dates and times of key events, detailed information on the veterinary and farrier personnel, facilities and services.
2) The EFM has been developed to assist all with logistical planning in their preparations for the Rio 2016. The manual contains details of health requirements, customs procedures, arrival & departure details, security provisions, ground transportation and key contact information.
Know and apply the OIE recommendations protects the livestock of countries in addition promotes the image of producers, gives credibility to Official Veterinary service and directly benefits animals. To know not only to implement them in the productive system where applicable, but also to acts proactively with suggestions and comments, whenever there is possibility of re-discussion of the chapters.
The Technical Committee on Animal Welfare (CTBEA) of Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Supply (MAPA) of Brazil offer the translation to Portuguese of the Animal Welfare chapters in the OIE Codes.
To access chapters translated into Portuguese click each one:
New Administrative Assistant of the Panama Sub Regional Representation
Karla Guerrero is the Administrative Assistant of the Panama Sub Regional Representation. She took office on Feb 02, 2016, assisting in the day to day operations of the office.
In her previous role at the Real Madrid Foundation, Karla organized the events and tournaments of the Real Madrid Soccer Schools in Panamá, Chitré and Tolé. She also helped the Foundation grow and strengthen the relations with the community. In 2014 Karla completed an internship in the Consulate of Panamá in Belgium, where she became interested in International relations.
Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Lindenwood University in Missouri, United States of America.
New intern at the OIE of the Americas
Dr Lucia Escati has begun an internship at the Regional Representation on February.
Lucía shall develop diverse tasks of interest to the OIE and especially for the region of the Americas.
Trained as a veterinarian, Lucia graduated at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We wish her a warm welcome.
Participation of the the National Focal Point for Veterinary Products from El Salvador at the OIE Headquarters
Dr Delfy Marianella Góchez Alvarenga, National Focal Point for Veterinary Products from El Salvador, will be holding office as Chargée de mission within the OIE Scientific and Technical Department at the OIE Headquarters in Paris.
In her position, she will mainly work on the global database on the monitoring of the use of antimicrobial agents in animals. She will in particular review and compile data received from Member Countries, interact with Member Countries´ National Focal Points to seek for clarifications and support them through the provision of expertise and guidance.
The Regional Representation wishes the best for her in her new activity.
Dr. Montserrat Arroyo Kuribreña has ceased performing the tasks that had been carrying out as Sub Regional Representative of the OIE from Central America as of November 1, 2015.
We wish to express that this departure from Dr. Montserrat cause us a sense of joy on one hand because she is going to work to a high position in the Government of Mexico, on the other hand a great sadness because Dr Montserrat with its excellent personal and professional qualities has developed a task worthy of being highlighted during service in the OIE for our institution and for the countries of the Americas.
Watch the video with the greetings from Dr Bernard Vallat, Dr Monique Eloit and Dr Luis Barcos
The National Agrifood Quality and Health Service from Argentina, SENASA, announced the launch of its National Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance in animals for human consumption, and published the information in his Web Site (Spanish only).
The goal of this week is to raise awareness of the health risks posed by antibiotic resistance and to promote good practice in this area of concern, to limit the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria throughout the world.
In this frame, SENASA Argentina posted a video where the Argentina Focal Point of Veterinary Products, Dr Federico Luna, explain this joint initiative OIE WHO (Spanish only).
The Regional Representation of the OIE for the Americas announce the launching of the 1st OIE knowledge Olympics in the Americas.
The OIE Olympics have as goal to strengthen ties between the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Services and the OIE.
Click here to acces the Olympics website.
Download the poster and banners of the OIE Olympics.
The first health salmon compartment was approved under the framework of the health management model implemented in salmon production in Chile by the official Veterinarian Service (National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, SERNAPESCA).
Read the article.
The sanitary authority that oversees Chilean Aquaculture, SERNAPESCA, performs sanitary control programs aimed at ensuring food safety of fisheries and aquaculture products for export.
Read the article.
Enactment of the Argentinian Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance
Argentina has signed the Joint Resolution that gives effect to the Argentinian Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance on June 22th. This act was signed jointly by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Agronomist Carlos Casamiquela, and the Minister of Health, Dr Gustavo Daniel Gollan.
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