The cornerstone of the ITP methodology is a strong interest among participants to learn from each other and use
experiences from other countries and organisations. To accentuate the communal learning and the value chain approach, participants come from different scientific backgrounds and different types of organisations within the animal health sector.
The ITP is composed of several interrelated phases and an individual change project. The total duration of the programme is about 12 months. The number of participants is limited to 25 to ensure a close working relationship between the participants.
The change project
The change project is a very important tool for achieving the programmes overall objectives through institutional changes on organisational, national, or regional level. These changes may for example lead to a more coordinated approach between different authorities within the sector, or organisations being able to work more effectively towards improved animal health and adequate antibiotic use with the smallholder farmer in focus. The projects shall be needs driven, executed as an integrated part of the participants’ ordinary work, and fully endorsed by the home organisations. Co-operation with former participants, and with other participants from the same or other countries is encouraged.
The ITP phases
Phase I – The preparatory phase
The first preparatory phase takes place before the participants arrive in Sweden. The phase includes the invitation process and selection of institutions and participants. A strong commitment towards the programme and the change projects amongst the selected organisations is a precondition for participating in the programme.
Phase II – The Sweden phase
During approximately three weeks in Sweden the participants work together in a thigh schedule of theoretical lectures, seminars and group discussions and study visits covering subject of animal health, food safety and antimicrobial resistance divided in 11 modules:
- Introduction to the Swedish value chain context
- A common knowledge platform:
- Preventive animal health – Prevention is better than cure
- Organisations within the food value chain
- Agenda 2030 – How to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Control of foodborne zoonoses
- Antimicrobial substances
- Disease surveillance
- Crisis awareness of zoonotic animal diseases
- Decentralised management
- Capacity building – practical project work
Phase III – The Intermediate phase
During this phase the participant develop and execute their change projects under the guidance of individual mentors.
Phase IV – The regional phase
Phase IV is a one-week workshop, where all participants meet in one of the participating countries to present their projects and the progress of implementation and where experiences will be exchanged. Study visits and lectures is also included.
Phase V – The final phase
Phase V is the final phase of the programme. The participants finalize their projects with emphasis on the implementation of the projects