How can we help countries decide which tools will be most useful for them, acquire the tools, and have them implemented by human health or veterinary services staff? How do we identify and prioritise the gaps in vaccines, medicines, tools and technology, and how can these gaps be filled?
Moderator: Dr Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer, FAO
Dr Keith Sumption
Chief Veterinary Officer, FAO
Dr Keith Sumption was appointed Chief Veterinary Officer of Animal Production and Health Division (AGA) at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, effective 1 June 2020.
Dr Sumption holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Reading, gained following 3 years of field and molecular epidemiology research upon African Swine Fever in southern Africa, and veterinary medicine (Vet.MB) and Natural Sciences degrees from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Since September 2002, Dr Sumption has served as Executive Secretary of the FAO based European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD), where he has been responsible for developing strategy, negotiating funding and managing implementation of the Commission’s work programmes, which now involve over 80 countries, and reports to the member states of the Commission and FAO Regional Conference and Department (AGD). Under his leadership, the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD was developed. This has now become the template for many of major global initiatives that have the objective of assisting countries to put in place sustainable control and management programmes for transboundary and zoonotic diseases. In recent years, he has led the rapid expansion of the online training programme to become the largest of its kind in the world, with trainees from around 100 countries.
Prior to FAO, Dr Sumption was a research group leader and Master’s programme Coordinator at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM), University of Edinburgh for 12 years, managing projects on African high impact tick borne and contagious diseases including heartwater , theilerioses, mycoplasmoses (CBPP and CCPP), and viral TADS (rinderpest , PPR and sheep and goat pox) and as a seconded technical officer to the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), led work to define demand and impact of research at the primary animal health care level in Kenya, for almost 2 years.
Dr Umme Ruman Siddiqi
Director of Public Health, Bangladesh
Dr Terence Scott
Dr Terence Scott is a Technical lead for Rabies at the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). Terence’s responsibilities primarily focus on the coordination of World Rabies Day activities, the development of the Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin, and the continued implementation of the Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) tool towards the development of national strategic plans. He is a member of the MERACON regional rabies control network steering committee and through such network, provides technical in-country trainings and support to national governments and other stakeholders to assist efforts towards rabies elimination.
Dr Luke Gamble
Luke Gamble is the founder and CEO of the international animal charities Worldwide Veterinary Service and Mission Rabies. Since graduating as a vet in ’99, Luke has developed a strong interest in One Health, published widely in this subject area and has raised over 12m GBP for charitable endeavours in this sector. In the last five years Mission Rabies has directly vaccinated over 2m street dogs in rabies endemic areas and rabies educated over 3m children. In partnership with CDC, MSD Animal Health and Dogs Trust, Mission Rabies has also been responsible for development of leading technology to strategically and epidemiologically manage rabies elimination field programmes around the world. In 2018, Luke was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to the profession.
Dr Thumbi Mwangi
Rabies Free Kenya
Thumbi Mwangi is an infectious disease epidemiologist with interest in use of epidemiological analytical and modelling tools for the control and prevention of animal diseases and improvement of human health and welfare. His research is focused on improving human health through interventions that protect and improve animal health, including leading research on rabies elimination in Kenya. Thumbi trained as veterinarian at the University of Nairobi (2005) and received a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh (2012).
He holds the positions of Clinical Associate Professor at the Paul G Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University; Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases; and Chancellors Fellow in Global Health at the Institute of Immunology and Infection Research at the University of Edinburgh.
He is an Affiliate fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, serves as the Chair of the Kenya National Technical Committee on COVID-19 Modelling, member of the National Rabies Elimination Coordination Committee, Kenya’s Zoonotic Technical Working Group, and the Technical Review Committee of the African Union Africa Risk Capacity – epidemics and outbreaks program. He has served as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) rabies modelling consortium, and the WHO Rabies Expert Group.
Dr Ryan Wallace