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IFAH Press Release: Launch of white paper on vector-borne disease with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

27/11/2014

Brussels, 27 November 2015 - Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) currently account for 17% of the global burden of all infectious diseases. The most deadly of which, malaria, causes an estimated 627,000 deaths annually. Conditions that affect livestock can also have a significant economic impact, for example trypanosomiasis accounts for losses in cattle production of up to 1.2 billion dollars a year. Download the press release: IFAH whitepaper launch Download IFAH's 2014 white paper, the growing threat of vector-borne disease in humans and animals

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IFAH reinforces call for transparency, monitoring and education on responsible use of antibiotics

29/09/2014

Amsterdam, 29 September 2014 – As global experts come together at the 3rd International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Amsterdam, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) reinforces its message of responsible use of antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicines.



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IFAH calls for combined innovation strategies on World Rabies Day

25/09/2014

Brussels 27 September 2014 – On World Rabies Day 2014 (28 September 2014), the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is calling for better coordination between governments, regulators, healthcare providers and the public to tackle the multidimensional impacts of rabies by ensuring that everyone has access to innovations available for its prevention and control. Though well-controlled in Europe, rabies is still very much an immediate threat to human and animal populations in Africa and Asia, where 95% of all rabies deaths occuri....

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VICH Launches New Website and Logo

08/05/2014

Brussels, 8 May 2014 – VICH, the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products, is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website www.vichsec.org. Hand-in-hand with the website update we are also pleased to present our new logo which adds a more contemporary look to the organisation as it approaches its twentieth anniversary. The website home page welcomes visitors with a modern design featuring engaging photography and includes links to the latest...

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IFAH Highlights Vital Role of Animal Health Industry in Maintaining Welfare on World Veterinary Day

24/04/2014

Brussels, 25th April 2014 - The International Federation for Animal Health is using the welfare focus of this year’s World Veterinary Day on the 26th April to highlight the vital role that vets and the wider animal health industry play in ensuring animal health and welfare, as well as protecting public health. Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, IFAH Executive Director, says “At the heart of animal welfare is their health and this is the core competence of veterinarians around the world. When we think of the words ‘animal welfare’, we conjure up...

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IFAH Supports World Health Organisation in Safeguarding Public Health by Fighting Vector-Borne Disease

06/04/2014

Brussels, 7th April 2014 – On World Health Day, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has highlighted vector-borne disease as a topic of critical importance for global public health. Nearly half of the world’s human population is infected with at least one type of vector-borne disease(i) and according to The World Health Organisation (WHO), more than one million die from vector-borne diseases each year. With this international public threat continuing to grow, this year’s World Health Day, on 7th April 2014, will place...

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Carel du Marchie Sarvaas is new Executive Director of IFAH

18/12/2013

Brussels, 18 December 2013 – Carel du Marchie Sarvaas has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the worldwide organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines. Du Marchie Sarvaas, a Dutch national, is currently director of agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries. He brings with him many years of experience as a senior public affairs and communications advisor in Brussels, The Hague, and Washington DC. Upon accepting...

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Animal Health Industry supports the FDA’s proposals on responsible use of antibiotics in food-producing animals

12/12/2013

Brussels, Belgium, 12 December 2013 –The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is supportive of the US’s Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement this week of its plan to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics in food-producing animals. Antibiotics are a vital tool in any veterinarian’s toolbox, and are to be used responsibly whenever they are employed. The FDA’s plan establishes a three year timeframe to phase out growth promotion use of medically important antibiotics, and phases in veterinary oversight of...

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IFAH calls for joint efforts to overcome barriers to control emerging and re-emerging diseases

05/11/2013

IFAH report emphasises need for wider collaborative discussions with international stakeholders London, 5 November 2013 – Today the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is launching a white paper on Emerging and Re-emerging Animal Diseases – Barriers to Disease Control at a stakeholder event being held at the Royal Society in London. The report concludes that increased investment in education, research, and institutional effectiveness is required at the local, national and global level in order to minimise risks to animal and...

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IFAH to call for innovative solutions for a sustainable food supply at Global Animal Health conference

16/10/2013

Arlington, Virginia, 16 October 2013 – In the context of World Food Day, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) will stress the importance of a harmonised science-based regulatory environment for maximising the development and use of animal health products to support food security and sustainability around the globe at the third Global Animal Health Conference taking place tomorrow in Arlington. Hosted by IFAH in partnership with the Drug Information Association (DIA), the conference brings together experts from academia,...

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