The closing ceremony of the bilateral cooperation of six years (2005-2011) between Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and the Dutch Ministries of Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Public Health, named Indonesian-Dutch Partnership Program on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Control (IDP-HPAI), was conducted on November 2nd, 2011 in Bogor.
Attended by around 100 participants, this closing ceremony was also attended by Hajo Provo-kloit from the Department of Economic Affairs of the Dutch Embassy in Indonesia, Alida Oppers from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, and Pudjiatmoko from the General Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Animal Health of Indonesia.
In her welcoming speech, Oppers said, “Looking back, we are happy that this partnership was successful. And looking to the future, Indonesian government as well as the poultry private sector and the society can take benefits from the results of this partnership.”
From the result of this 8.7 million Euros project, Oppers believed that Indonesian government could design, implement and run their own program to control avian influenza sustainably. “For the future in controlling avian influenza, the key is commitment,” she said.
Activities, Milestones and Challenges
The main activities of this IDP-HPAI project, as expressed by Arend Jan Nell of IDP-HPAI team, covered first, data collection in the field such as conducting poultry sector surveys, development of poultry sector database and surveillance poultry collector houses in Jakarta. Second, capacity building such as targeted on veterinary services, laboratory and vaccine producers. Third, field experiments and interventions such as field vaccination trials in layers and broilers, multi-intervention experiment and vaccine effectiveness study. Fourth, supported for compartmentalization and zoning.
Milestones of IDP-HPAI
||Field experiments, laboratories, vaccines
||Increased funding through Ministry of Foreign Affairs
||Project operations office and head in Indonesia
||Shift from central level to capacity building at regional level
||More focus on commercial sector
||Broader approach through multi-intervention pilot
||Emphasis on vaccination and vaccine quality
In line with Oppers, Nell stated that the commitment of the public private to cooperate and the commitment of the government to act and control were some of the challenges of the future to control the risks of avian influenza for animal and human health in Indonesia.