How is REMESA STOR organized?
The REMESA network (Réseau Méditeranéen de Santé Animal, or “the Mediterranean Animal Health Network”) was established as a vital response to the critical need for a unified framework fostering collaboration and coordination. It is the nexus for the development and implementation of various projects and programs aimed at the enhancement of animal health across the Mediterranean basin.
Organization and Strategy of STOR
The organization chart of STOR succinctly delineates its operational strategies and policies. Within the framework of the REMESA Network, there has been a strategic formation of four technical sub-networks, designed to optimize and invigorate the network’s functions and activities:
- Animal Health Laboratories Network (RELABSA)
- Veterinary Epidemiological Surveillance Network (REPIVET)
- Animal Health Communication Network (RECOMSA)
- Animal Health Socio-Economics and Production Systems Network (RESEPSA)
These sub-networks are critical in streamlining and empowering REMESA’s operations.
Coordination and Expert Collaboration
The STOR office collaborates closely with the WOAH/FAO secretariat of REMESA in Tunisia, ensuring that STOR’s initiatives are well-aligned with the real-time needs of the REMESA member countries. To achieve this, a Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) has been inaugurated, composed of experts appointed by the Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) of the member states. The STC plays a pivotal role in steering STOR, engaging in:
- Project preparation and execution
- Planning of activities
- Identifying priorities
- Providing updates from member countries
Furthermore, STOR leverages the insights and consultancy of esteemed scientists from the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia, based in Palermo.
Synergistic Efforts and Continuous Dialogue
STOR operates in a concerted effort with the aforementioned subnetworks and working groups, ensuring a comprehensive coverage of topics and interests. There is a consistent and collaborative dialogue maintained among these groups, as well as with the CVOs of REMESA member countries. This harmony is vital for the seamless functioning of the network and the effective progression towards improved animal health in the Mediterranean region.