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SAARC Regional Diagnostic Laboratories

Three SAARC diagnostic laboratories, agreed to be based in Bangladesh (peste des petits ruminants) , India (foot and mouth disease)  and Pakistan (highly pathogenic avian influenza) have been established. These laboratories have the facilities to perform diagnosis of Priority TADs and undertake characterization of virus isolates. In addition to providing confirmatory diagnostic facility, these laboratories will form and coordinate a network of national diagnostic laboratories. The network will form the basis for sharing virus isolates and disease information, maintain uniform diagnostic standards, support training of laboratory personnel from each of the member states and backstop regional surveillance epidemiological studies. The networking activities including the proficiency testing programmes will be supported by the international OIE and FAO reference laboratories. OFFLU will also be an important player supporting HPAI diagnostic laboratories.


The main activities of RDLs are:
  • Facilitate resource mobilization, if necessary and appropriate, for strengthening regional diagnostic laboratories.
  • Identify training needs and conduct training in appropriate diagnostic tests.
  • Isolate and characterize viral strains in each country to define disease prevalence and provide appropriate information for vaccine strains to be used in the control programme.
  • Supply laboratories with necessary reagents and other expendable and non-expendable materials to be appropriately equipped.
  • In close cooperation with WHO and the human health sector develop harmonized diagnostic procedures, standards and training related to cross-cutting Priority TADs issues.
Location of the SAARC RDLs
The leading diagnostic laboratories along with the contact information are listed below.
  • Foot and mouth disease laboratory in India
    The Government of India has identified Project Directorate on Foot and Mouth Disease, Mukteswar, Uttakhand state as the SAARC Regional Leading Diagnostic Laboratory for FMD. The laboratory focal person identified is Dr B Pattnaik, Project Director.
    Contact details:
    Project Directorate on Foot and Mouth Disease,
    IVRI Campus, Mukteswar - 263138, Nainital,
    Uttarakhand, India.
    Tel +91-5942-286004
    Fax: +91-5942-286307
    Email: pdfmd111@gmail.com, pattnaikb@gmail.com

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza laboratory in Pakistan
    The Government of Pakistan has identified the National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases (NRLPD) at National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad as the SAARC Regional Leading Diagnostic Laboratory for avian influenza. The laboratory focal person identified is Dr Khalid Naeem, Chief Scientific Officer and Head of NRLPD.
    Contact details:
    National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases (NRLPD), NARC,
    Park road, Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Tel +92-51-9255536
    Fax: +92-51-9255420
    Email: nrlpd@comsats.net.pk

  • Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) laboratory in Bangladesh.
    The government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh has identified the Virology Laboratory of Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka as the SAARC Regional Leading Diagnostic Laboratory for PPR. The focal person has been identified as Dr. Md. Ershaduzzaman, Principal Scientific Officer, designated director of the laboratory.
    Contact details:
    SAARC PPR Leading Diagnostic Laboratory
    Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute
    Savar, Dhaka-1341, Bangladesh
    Tel: +88-02-7791674
    Fax: +88-02-7791675
    Email: pprblrifp@yahoo.com, ershad1988@hotmail.com

OIE Reference Laboratory in South Asia
  • Avian influenza
    The High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal is working as OIE Reference Laboratory for avian influenza. The contact details for the laboratory are Joint Director, High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Anandnagar, Bhopal-462 021, Madhya Pradesh (INDIA).
    Contact details:
    Tel: +91-755-2759204
    Fax: +91-755-2758842
    Website: http://hsadl.nic.in

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