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Intersectoral Coordination Between Health & Agriculture: Zoonoses, Food Safety and Foot-and-Mouth Disease

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Preventing and controlling foodborne diseases and protecting consumers has emerged as a serious public health challenge at the onset of the 21st century.

Intersectoral Coordination between Health and Agriculture: Zoonoses, Food Safety and Foot-and-Mouth Disease presents the final report and selected documents from the XII Inter-American Meeting at the Ministerial Level on Health and Agriculture (RIMSA XII), which has held in São Paulo, Brazil, from 2 to 4 May 2001. At that meeting, the first in which both agriculture and health ministers took part, participants analyzed and evaluated progress made in veterinary public health and animal health by the countries of the Americas working with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). This publication details the meeting’s discussion on the role of community participation in developing healthy markets and food safety, as well as that on zoonoses that affect the economy and public health, such as brucellosis, bovine tuberculosis, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and other emerging zoonoses.

PAHO convenes RIMSA meetings—which have been held for more than 30 years—as a mandate from its Governing Bodies. RIMSA is now a one-of-a-kind forum that provides the highest-level intersectoral coordination between the health and agriculture sectors for the prevention, control, and eradication of socially and economically important zoonoses and other animal diseases, and of foodborne diseases.

This report represents the institutional memory of progress made by national programs and is a testimony of the principles of equity and PanAmericanism that have guided PAHO’s technical cooperation in veterinary public health.

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