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VICH adopts its priorities for the next 5 years

02/11/2015

At its 32nd meeting held in Tokyo on 25, 26 and 30 October 2015, the VICH Steering Committee adopted the new VICH priorities for the years 2016 through 2020, with particular focus on its global outreach strategy. The meeting was held in conjunction with VICH 5 public Conference, 28 - 29 October; the theme was Reaching Out to the World. It was attended by 189 participants from 23 countries. During the Conference the debate focused on the benefits of VICH Guidelines for non-VICH member countries, the needs and priorities of non-VICH countries...

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Celebrating 'Man's best friend' with interactive infographic for World Dog Day

18/08/2015

Press release: Brussels, 26 August 2015 - Around the world humankind benefits from its relationship with dogs; a truth which is at the core of World Dog Day, celebrated on 26 August. In recognition and celebration of the age-old union between Man and Dog, HealthforAnimals has created an online interactive infograophic, detailing the many valuable roles dogs perform in societies all around the world.

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Codex Alimentarius Advances Food Safety Standards for Animal Health

14/07/2015

Brussels, Belgium, 14 July 2015 - HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association, attended the 38th Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) meeting in Geneva (6-11 July). The Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted global food safety standards for three veterinary products, Derquantel (sheep tissues), Emamectin Benzoate (salmon and trout tissues) and Monepantel (sheep tissues). Furthermore, the Commission agreed to hold the consideration of global food safety standards for bovine somatotropin (rBST) at the final step. The Commission...

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HealthforAnimals say now is the time to take the bite out of deadly rabies

06/07/2015

4th annual World Zoonosis Day – 6th July 2015 • Leading voices unite in call to work together to stop the preventable disease that causes 60,000 deaths annually • New infographic highlights the increasing zoonosis threat and the need to take action now ________________________________________ Brussels, 6thJuly 2015 – Rabies is a zoonotic disease meaning that it can be transmitted from infected animals to humans, e.g. through a bite from a dog or bat. It is found on all continents except for Antarctica but thanks to rabies vaccines, it...

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Global Animal Health Conference Addresses Regulatory Barriers

24/06/2015

Dar Es Salaam, 24-25 June 2015 - The 4th Global Animal Health Conference, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted by HealthforAnimals (formerly known as IFAH), takes place on 24th - 25th June 2015. Being held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the aim of this year’s conference is to help break down the regulatory barriers that prevent some developing countries from accessing quality veterinary medicines. These medicines are important to protect not only animal health but human health too, particularly from zoonotic and...

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Global Animal Health Industry Urges G7 Nations to Promote Cross-Cooperation between Human and Veterinary Sectors to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

08/06/2015

Brussels, Belgium, 7-8 June 2015 – HealthforAnimals welcomes initiatives to table the issue of antibiotic resistance at the 41st G7 Summit in Upper Bavaria on 7 and 8 June 2015. The association believes it is important that antibiotics, which are vital tools in any veterinarian’s and medical doctors’ toolbox, are used responsibly whenever they are employed, whether by the human medical world, the veterinary sector, or elsewhere. Antibiotics are a vital part of the veterinarian’s toolkit. They are necessary to fight bacterial infections...

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IFAH announces new identity as 'HealthforAnimals'

29/05/2015

Brussels, 1st June 2015 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the global organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines, has today announced its new name and visual identity. The not-for-profit organisation will now be known as HealthforAnimals. The name change better reflects the organisation’s vision to communicate the important contribution the animal health sector brings to society, and broadens its influence and impact as the global voice of veterinary medicine. To lead this vision, George...

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IFAH Unveils One World, One Health Animation

11/05/2015

To celebrate the One Health initiative and highlight its key achievements to date, IFAH has launched a new animated video called One World, One Health. Launched today, the video can be viewed on the IFAH YouTube channel and on www.ifahsec.org. One Health is a global concept which forges collaboration between human and animal health, to achieve better health for people, animals and the environment. IFAH’s animation showcases some of the key medical developments and discoveries which could have only been achieved through this global...

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IFAH Commends World Veterinary Day for Raising Awareness of Vector-borne Diseases

23/04/2015

IFAH has commended World Veterinary Day (Saturday 25th April), which was created to highlight the lifesaving work performed by vets around the globe, for raising awareness of vector-borne diseases (VBDs) with zoonotic potential. Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, IFAH Executive Director, says: “We’re delighted that this year’s World Veterinary Day theme will highlight the issues caused by vector-borne diseases. VBDs is a topic that IFAH has had a strong focus on for the last 12 months, acknowledging the significant and growing potential for these...

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George Heidgerken Appointed President of IFAH

18/03/2015

Brussels, 18 March 2015 – George Heidgerken has been appointed for a two-year term as President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the worldwide organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines. Corporate Senior Vice President of Boehringer Ingelheim and Global Head of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, George Heidgerken has extensive and global experience of the animal health sector. Prior to his current position, he sat as President and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. USA, where he was...

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