“Protecting Lives and Livelihoods”

Background

Since 2005, Indonesia has become one of Asia’s epicentres for human H5N1 avian influenza (AI) infections, with more human fatalities and human cases than any other country up to 2014. The persistent H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) threat, the emergence of the H7N9 threat in the People’s Republic of China in 2013, and the emergence and spread of novel AI H5 strains in Asia (i.e. H5N6, H5N8) underscores the significant need to strengthen national capacities and support the government of Indonesia in preventing, detecting and responding to zoonotic disease threats to animal and human health.

Moreover, there is always the risk of emergence of novel influenza A viruses through re-assortment and mutation, especially in view of the co-circulation in Indonesia of various H5N1 clades and other AI viruses, such as H9N2 low pathogenic avian influenza. In addition to AI threats, the re-emergence of the Ebola virus and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Africa and the Middle East, respectively, as well as the detection of Nipah, West Nile and Zika viruses in Indonesia, emphasizes the continued importance of strengthening capacities to prevent, detect and respond to new, emerging, or re-emerging animal health threats and spill-over events.

For over a decade, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has provided technical and policy advice, including implementation support, to the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services (DGLAHS) in the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) of Indonesia. The FAO Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT-2) programme will build upon the progress of EPT-1 and previous AI programmes to intensely address surveillance for zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), prevention and control systems development, reduction in HPAI persistence and spread, and improving marketing processes to reduce potential pathogen spill-over events. The EPT-2 program is an ongoing collaborative effort between the FAO ECTAD Indonesia team and the MOA DGLAHS of Indonesia.

Information on the implementation of these activities, the challenges presented and all the positive impacts need to be disseminated and socialized as learning materials and information for the nation in the face of persisting pandemic threats. Project implementation and socialization to telecommunication and informatics service providers in Indonesia requires electronic media, print media, and social media as a means of disseminating information. Therefore, FAO ECTAD / MoA in collaboration with the Alliance of Independent Journalists of Indonesia (AJI) plan to organize a media knowledge exchange and capacity building for Zoonoses and Emerging Infectious Disease reporting in Indonesia, to further animate and incite journalists and the public to disseminate news and knowledge on issues related to the FAO EPT2 project.

To start this program, we would like to start with Editor Meeting. This activity is to obtain input from editors on how the media is covering issues related to emerging pandemic threats, AMR, EID and Zoonoses, including livestock production in support of food safety and food security in Indonesia.

 

Objectives

  1. To obtain input from editors on how the media is covering issues related to emerging pandemic threats, AMR, EID and Zoonoses, including livestock production in support of food safety and food security in Indonesia.
  2. To provide an update to news rooms on these issues.
  3. To receive input from editors regarding the media’s interest in covering these issues.
  4. To officially invite journalists to follow the media knowledge exchange and capacity building for Zoonoses and Emerging Infectious Disease reporting in Indonesia.

Participants

Participants are 10 - 15 editors from Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, West Kalimantan, Bali.

 

Activity

Date                      : Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Venue                   : Mercure Jakarta Sabang Hotel

Time                     : 09.00 am -13.00 pm