Meet Dr Imas Yuyun
Directorate of Animal Health
Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services
Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia
What is your area of animal health?
I am passionate about providing animal health services to help produce healthy animals and safe food. Epidemiology is a very important component of supporting government programs to achieve this. Epidemiological skills can help us in developing disease prevention and control programs to maximise food security as well as improve farmer welfare. I am also interested in calculating the economic impact of an animal disease. As we know in Indonesia, small and medium farmers do not have a large amount of capital available, so when their cattle get sick and die, many farmers lose their livestock businesses. Disease prevention is therefore very important and can be accomplished through creation of good animal health services and training of field based staff.
What is your role in the APCOVE project?
As part of the APCOVE team, my role involves supporting APCOVE work in Indonesia, which includes facilitating an online survey, coordinating stakeholder consultations, and providing a local perspective as part of module teams for development of the online modules.
Why are you passionate about improving the skills of the Asia-Pacific animal health workforce?
Indonesia is a country with a very large human population. One of the duties of the Government is to ensure the availability of safe, healthy and wholesome food. As a veterinarian in the government, I aim to assist in meeting these food needs by helping produce healthy animals, free from disease. Epidemiology is an important area that can assist us in tracking and preventing disease outbreaks from spreading. Training of field animal health workers is very important, to support government programs and improve the skills of field officers in carrying out disease control and ensuring the availability of safe and healthy foods of animal origin for the community.