** Focused on the evaluation of veterinary services and disease notification systems **
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized advanced and specialized training for 35 veterinarians from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in KRG (MoAWR) which serves their area of work, designed to build the capacity of veterinary services to detect, diagnose and record animal diseases and improve early warning systems and rapid response to control them by developing the skills of participants and by encouraging the exchange of experiences within the framework of the project activities, “Improving the delivery of animal health services and disease surveillance in Iraq”, implemented in coordination with the MoA and the MoAWR, funded by the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), where training began in Erbil on Sunday December 19, 2021 and ended on Thursday October 23. 2021. The representative of MoA, Magda Baddr Whaib, and the representative of KRG’S MoAWR, Councilor Rizgar Hama Khader, as well as a number of veterinarians working in the sector of the Kurdistan region and the Iraqi governorates, participated and completed the training sessions, organized under the direct supervision of the FAO Representative in Iraq, D. Salah El Hajj Hassan, who characterized the interactive and participatory approach, as creating an opportunity for participants to develop their tools and skills. expertise. D. Salah El Hajj Hassan opened the training session by thanking and greeting the participants and expressed his deep gratitude for the FAO-MoA-DTRA partnership. He added: “The importance of these workshops lies in the fact that they offer the possibility and create a real opportunity for the exchange of expertise and increase in the capacities of participants working in the field of disease surveillance through evaluation of veterinary services and electronic animal reporting systems. diseases, in addition to improving skills related to detection, diagnosis and notification, which also included their support with equipment, devices and field and laboratory materials, thus improving animal health services . He also said that the organization will make more efforts in the future to complete the “One Health” system to achieve the highest level of animal health by strengthening collaboration between veterinary and health services. public. The representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Magda Baddr Whaib, described the training as a success. She said in this regard: “The lectures presented were in the title of the training and the information was up to date and comprehensive, as it gave the trainees a good opportunity to understand the topics. The organization, timing and number of days of the sessions were suitable for everyone ”. FAO international expert and speaker for the training, D. Karim BenJebara, expressed his joy in welcoming the participants. He highlighted the effectiveness of these activities in strengthening technical and scientific cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and FAO by improving the capacities of workers in the sector as part of its role and mission of adopting the training as a means of achieving sustainable development goals. This training is an implementation of the recommendations of the surveillance assessment carried out in veterinary laboratories and surveillance and reporting centers at the end of last year. The assessment highlighted gaps in the capacity of surveillance systems at the central level and in targeted governorates. Certificates of completion presented at the end of the program.