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Visit to the CMC-AH of FAO

cmcLast Tuesday, the bluebar group had an interesting visit to the CMC-AH of FAO. The Crisis Management Centre – Animal Health (CMC-AH) is FAO’s rapid response mechanism for transboundary animal disease emergencies. The Centre works in strict collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and World Health Organization (WHO).

The Crisis Management Centre opened in 2006 to face Animal Health diseases: firstly the Avian Influenza emergency and later on other problems like African swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease, Rift Valley fever and other transboundary animal diseases.

I found very interesting the possibility for the CMC-AH to set up a rapid deployment team within 72 hours of an official request of intervention. In the attempt to “help governments develop and implement immediate solutions to prevent or stop disease spread”, the team can be asked to provide technical assistance, among other tasks, also on the outbreak communication.

The Team is deployed to support local officers to study and implement a strategy and not to do it in their place. The difference is substantial in terms of knowledge sharing.  Training someone about doing a job and passing the knowledge and the experience seems to me much better (and even more difficult) than to do it for him/her and then leave. The close collaboration of the Centre with the other leading organizations, OIE and WHO, and internally with other departments involved in these emergencies, it is also very interesting.africa

After missions, the Teams adopt different methods like After Action Reviews (AAR) to manage the knowledge acquired during the experience, not to loose it but to collect it some ways.

This visit is part of a series of visit (the previous was to the radio and video studio facility) that the communicators of the bluebar group are doing inside FAO to learn more about the different Services and teams that are working everyday for the Organization.