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International Animal Health Team

The International Animal Health Team represents a structure that allows the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) to better develop and support the implementation of conceptual and innovative transboundary animal disease (TAD) control measures in the international context with a special emphasis on non-EU countries. 

In light of the ever expanding dimensions of globalization and the side effects this brings for the animal health sector, the international collaboration in the area of TAD control continues to gain relevance. This does not only entail the networking and collaboration with international organizations such as FAO, OIE, IAEA, WHO, IAEA, EC, EFSA and the CGIAR, but also bilateral collaboration with national authorities and research entities of developing and in-transition countries. Next to the support in technical fields such as capacity building for diagnostic procedures and the planning of surveillance strategies, the conceptual holistic approach entails consultations regarding the legislative framework, the socio-economic context and the international networking options within the analysis of animal health related interventions. The overall goal of planned and supported interventions will always aim for the sustainable development of robust and well-functioning veterinary services adapted to the local prevailing conditions in the target countries.

The International Animal Health Team was established in 2007 at the FLI on the Island of Riems. Its role is interpreted as a catalyst that allows a transfer of the overall scientific expertise within the FLI into practical concepts of animal disease control with an international outreach. Members of the International Animal Health Team are well-established veterinary experts covering a wide expertise in the fields of TAD diagnosis and control. Their services can be utilized through diverse arrangements and will always be guided by a collaborative spirit between the FLI and the partner institution. 

  • Direct collaboration with international organizations such as  EFSA, OIE, FAO, IAEA, WHO  or the EC
  • Technical support to ministries and affiliated agencies (e.g. BMEL, BMZ, BEL, GIZ) in planning and implementation of animal health related activities in non-EU countries
  • Strategic expansion of the scientific network of the FLI with special emphasis on developing and in-transition countries
  • Development of innovative TAD control concepts suitable for developing or in-transition countries, the backyard sector and wildlife population combining field epidemiology and classical disease management concepts with modern and robust diagnostic protocols
  • Proof of concept for developed adapted methodologies through pilot studies and scientific supervision of field implementation
  • Support in TAD control measures within an international context upon request by organizations or national authorities (Diagnostic protocols, contingency planning, prevention strategies, phased TAD control)
  • TCP Project of the FAO “Strengthening the regional preparedness, prevention and response against African Swine Fever (ASF) in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia”
  • Outbreak investigations and habitat studies in ASF affected countries (2018-2021)
  • Non-invasive sampling in wildlife and domestic animal populations for pathogen detection in saliva (pathogen Sampling of Wild Animals with Baits, pSWAB)
  • Oral immunization  against classical swine fever in pig populations within backyard or free range pig production
  • Evaluation of robust laboratory diagnostic procedures of relevance for developing countries
  • Bovine tuberculosis control in southern and eastern Africa