Guided by APSED, Mongolia is working to build a sustainable and collaborative approach toward managing zoontoic diseases, and developing the capacity to diagnose and respond to new emerging disease threat. Inter-sectoral collaboration demonstrated itself as a need and a very important tool for the prevention and control emerging zoonotic diseases.
Coordination mechanism established between veterinary and public health sectors has expanded its function incorporating more work on food safety, emergency management and effects of climate change on zoonotic diseases. Main outputs of coordination mechanism are strengthened surveillance and response activities. Coordination mechanism has strengthened surveillance and response capacity of neglected zoonotic diseases, such as Brucellosis, Anthrax and tick-borne diseases.
Through regular meeting and brainstorming sessions both sectors have developed joint operational plans, long-term risk reduction plan 2011-2015, initiated prioritization exercise and risk assessment of 29 zoonotic diseases, rreviewed and revised standards, procedures, communication strategies. Mongolia is planning to establish laboratory network among public health, veterinary and food laboratories in 2012-2013.