Measuring Progress towards Improved Animal Health in Georgia (March 1)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Georgian Animal Health Program focuses on reducing the incidences of priority animal diseases across the country. In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, the program supports a National Animal Health Program (NAHP) Steering Group (SG) and Strategy (2016-2020) focused on six strategic objectives, such as disease surveillance and a competent veterinarian workforce. Critical to understanding whether or not these objectives are being met is monitoring and evaluation.
On March 1st in Tbilisi the Georgia NAHP SG met to discuss next steps with the NAHP. The group, chaired by First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, agreed to set up a Task Force to work on activating the World Organisation for Animal Health’s Performance of Veterinary Services (OIE-PVS) framework tool, for tracking capacity building progress on key NAHP objectives.
Prior to the NAHP Steering Group meeting USDA partners from CSU and GRDD of GIPA in collaboration with the National Food Agency Veterinary Department staff conducted feasibility workshop on the use of the OIE-PVS framework for monitoring the progress of animal health activities in Georgia.
According to the USDA expert form CSU Dr. Debby Reynolds “It’s another step forward that mid-term monitoring (MTM) of progress and realistic targets for the next two years can now be developed. This will help to sustain the future of Georgia’s NAHP, increase international recognition of the program and links to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPS) as well”. National Food Agency of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia recognizes this framework as a major tool for tracking progress and addressing critical capacity and policy gaps for animal health in Georgia.”