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Panorama PerspectivesPVS evolution and digitalisation: Improved services and use of data

Perspectives Posted on 2023-02-22 15:44:31

PVS evolution and digitalisation: Improved services and use of data


Barbara Alessandrini (1), Maud Carron (2), Valentyna Sharandak (1), Mario Ignacio Algüerno (1) & Jennifer Lasley (1)*

(1) Capacity-Building Department, World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).
(2) Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Montreal, Canada.

* Corresponding author: J. Lasley

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The PVS Programme is evolving, thanks to new services and programme digitalisation. This is all part of the effort by WOAH to better respond to its Members’ needs in line with the Seventh Strategic Plan. The lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic will help us to move from a new normality to a new future, where digitalisation and in-field innovations produce increased effectiveness and efficiency.
Recommendations from the 2020 World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) PVS Pathway External Evaluation and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic have given momentum to the evolution of the PVS Pathway. New methodologies and mission delivery formats were developed in 2021 to build on this unique opportunity to harness digital tools and optimise data management. The digitalisation of the PVS Pathway’s data and processes will help to build capacity for Veterinary Services (VS) and support the WOAH Seventh Strategic Plan 2021–2025.

Initiatives to better respond to WOAH Members’ needs now include remote and face-to-face Orientation Training Workshops. This interactive training provides Members with an introduction to the PVS Pathway, using tailored webinars and materials from WOAH’s Training Platform. A new support option to accompany Members’ self-evaluations using the PVS Tool was designed and has been piloted in India. More than ten PVS Gap Analysis, Sustainable Laboratories and Veterinary Legislation missions were successfully delivered in fully remote and/or hybrid formats in Africa and Central Asia, while new tools are under development to integrate public−private partnerships, workforce development and wildlife health into the PVS Pathway more effectively.

The progressive digitalisation of the PVS Pathway, begun in 2021, will lead to the creation of a PVS Evaluation Database, improving management of PVS data and access to reports for greater transparency and enhanced impact of the PVS Pathway.

A centralised PVS Pathway Information System is envisaged, allowing synergies between tools, documentation and data across the PVS Pathway. Tools to search and view documentation and reports will allow Members and WOAH partners to build on PVS Pathway findings, develop VS support that aligns with existing needs, advocate investment in animal health, and contribute to the improvement of animal health and welfare around the world.

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