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Welcome to Regional Support Unit for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (RSU-SAARC)

The Regional Support Unit for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (RSU-SAARC) is a sub-regional unit under the framework of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP). The unit was established in June 2010 under the European Union (EU) funded "Regional Coordination Programme on Highly Pathogenic and Emerging Diseases for South Asia (EU-HPED)" project, which was successfully completed in December 2014.


To sustain the operations of RSU-SAARC, the unit has been further funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) via a two-year project entitled "Regional Capacity Development for Regional Cooperation on Food Security through Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) in South Asia" which was launched in August 2015. The RSU-SAARC is the only sub-regional institution and coordination mechanism in South Asia dealing with animal health.

Mandate   Upcoming/Recent Events & Activities

RSU-SAARC's mandate is to build national and regional epidemiology and laboratory capacities. This is achieved by harmonizing and coordinating approaches/protocols to prevent, control, and eradicate TADs and Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) in eight SAARC Member States: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


This work is supported by the Regional Epidemiology Centre (REC) and three Regional Diagnostic Laboratories (RDLs) on Foot and Mouth


Enhancing Capacity for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures for Safe Trade in Animal and Animal Products in South Asia
Date: 19-22 June 2017

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Disease (FMD), peste des petits ruminants (PPR), and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) located in the region.This work is undertaken by working closely with FAO ECTAD RAP, the SAARC Secretariat, and animal health and public health sectors in the region, as well as other regional and international organizations.
Vision and Mission

Contribute to the elimination of food insecurity in SAARC Member States.

Our mission is to provide technical and operational support to FAO ECTAD RAP, the SAARC Secretariat, national and regional counterparts in prevention, control and eradication of TADs and EIDs, including zoonoses, in order to improve food security and livelihood in South Asia.


This work is aligned with FAO's Strategic Objectives (SO), Regional Initiatives (RI), and Country Programme Framework (CPF) of member countries in the region, as well as the United Nations Development Action Framework (UNDAF).

Update: The RSU-SAARC Weekly E-Information (Vol. 6 No. 30) had carried the following news:

25 Jul 2017: Dangerous viral infection reported in chicken, Tamil Nadu
According to a media report, in Tamil Nadu, a fatal infection in chickens is spreading which caused panic among poultry farmers. In this situation, farmers in Tamil Nadu are selling off their stocked poultry in their best interest. According to sources, the virus infection is an epidemic, which easily spread with minimum contact. Infection of human in contact with or consumption of infected chicken has been claimed in the report.

However, on further follow up and correspondence with CVO India, it has been informed that "no such incidence occurred in the area and the news appears to be false". Prompt response from the Government of India on our inquiry is truly appreciated. Click here for the updated bulletin.

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