Cooperative Arrangement for the Prevention of Spread of Communicable disease through Air Travel (CAPSCA)

Background

The CAPSCA project is a joint Air Navigation/Technical Cooperation Bureau project that improves preparedness planning and response to public health emergencies that affect the aviation sector, such as an influenza pandemic. Since 2006, ICAO has worked closely with States, the World Health Organization, the International Air Transport Association, Airports Council International and other stakeholders to develop relevant provisions in Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft, Annex 9 – Facilitation, Annex 11 – Air Traffic Services, Annex 14 – Aerodromes, and the Procedures for Air Navigation Services-Air Traffic Management (PANS-ATM). Guidance material has been produced to support these developments. Assembly Working Paper A37-WP/58 (Technical Commission) provides additional background information. The CAPSCA website, managed by the ICAO regional office in Mexico, provides a one-stop resource for the project: http://www.mexico.icao.int/CAPSCA/index.html

Activities

In addition to providing seminars and workshops on preparedness planning in the aviation sector, the CAPSCA project arranges assistance visits to international airports. These visits provide training for aviation and health professionals who are involved in contingency planning in the aviation sector. During these visits, preparedness plans that have been developed are reviewed, and improvements suggested. At the end of the visit, which normally takes two days, a report is written that may be used by the State for future preparedness plan development. The CAPSCA project is currently operating in the following regions: Asia Pacific, Africa, Americas. It commences in the Middle East in February 2011. Europe is not yet involved.

Partners

United Nations; WHO; IOM/OIM; UNWTO; IATA; ACI; OCHA

 

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