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Position paper: Improving governance for effective Veterinary Services in developing countries – a priority for donor funding
|Author(s) :||S. Forman, C. Planté, G. Murray, B. Rey, D. Belton, B. Evans & P. Steinmetz|
Livestock contributes significantly to the world economy. However, animal diseases and food safety are still major constraints on livestock-sector productivity, economic growth, the reduction of poverty and food security. Efficient and effective governance of Veterinary Services throughout the world is a fundamental requirement for addressing the global animal health and related public health threats. Recent work by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) through the application of the Tool for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS Tool) and related Gap Analysis (both of which form part of the PVS Pathway) has indicated that a significant proportion of the national Veterinary Services worldwide do not meet the essential requirements for good governance. This shortcoming poses a significant risk for many developing countries and their trading partners when considered in the context of the growing trade in animal-source foods, and the burgeoning global livestock population.
Animal disease – Animal health system – Donor – Economic impact – Governance – Investments programme – Poverty – Veterinary Services.