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Mobilisation of the OIE after a deadly tsunami in Asia

January 2005 90 years of solidarity

January 2005 , the OIE appeals for support for the people of Southeast Asia hit by one of the world’s deadliest tsunamis.

On 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake struck beneath the Indian Ocean, off the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It was a quake of unprecedented magnitude that unleashed a tsunami affecting Indonesia, the coasts of Sri Lanka and southern India and western Thailand.

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Natural disasters such as the 2004 tsunami may facilitate the spread of infectious animal diseases and zoonoses with a potential impact on both public and animal health.
In such situations, one of the priorities is to restore animal disease surveillance and control capabilities as soon as possible.

The OIE responds to emergencies

The OIE monitored very closely the catastrophic situation caused by the tsunami in Southeast Asia through the Delegates of its Member Countries and the OIE Regional Representation for Asia.
The OIE provides support to any authorities requesting its expertise. It also takes preventive action upstream by helping developing countries to ensure they have effective and responsive Veterinary Services.

The OIE develops support

The OIE develops support programmes for its Member Countries to optimise the quality of their Veterinary Services using the OIE PVS Pathway
The OIE PVS (Performance of Veterinary Services) Pathway is a global programme for the sustainable improvement of a country's Veterinary Services' so that they can better comply with OIE standards.

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