For Immediate Release – August 6, 2007
Contact: Lisa Hastings-Sheppard
College Relations Director
Delaware Tech Helps Romania Prepare for Avian Flu
with Project Management Training
Delaware Tech has recently concluded a successful project management training program
in Romania to assist Romania’s National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority
(ANSVA) with mitigating the threat of Avian Influenza (AI) in the agricultural sector.
The program resulted in the training of 75 veterinarians, supervisors and officials from 45
counties and local veterinary facilities as well as ANSVSA’s executive management.
ANSVSA is a government agency with a mission similar to those of the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the
veterinary pharmaceutical and food safety responsibilities of the Food and Drug
Delaware Tech’s training program, led by Dr. Charles Poplos, helped project managers
learn through their own real-world projects for planning and response to animal diseases.
Poplos also introduced participants to the Delaware Model, a unique collaboration of
Delaware’s poultry industry, institutions of higher education, and government working to
mitigate the threat of disease. All participants who completed the course received an
official Certificate of Attendance from Delaware Tech. Those participants who
completed additional requirements also earned a Certificate of Associate in Project
Management (CAPM) and an official Delaware Tech transcript. The graduation
ceremony, held in Romania on July 11, was attended by officials from Delaware Tech,
ANSVA, USAID, and the World Bank.
According to Carla Stone, who directs Delaware Tech’s international technical assistance
programs, “This program has fundamentally changed how Romania will plan for and
implement projects for disease prevention and response. The training has enabled
ANSVA veterinarians and administrators to establish a single set of standards of response
and has improved communication among veterinarians and other personnel across the
country. We are proud to be part of a project that will help Romania be better prepared to
prevent and respond to any type of animal disease, food safety, or environmental issue --
not just Avian Influenza.”
To commemorate this project and to honor the close ties formed between Delaware Tech
and Romania, the College will host a concert by two young Romanian pianists on
October 25, 2007 in Georgetown, DE. The pianists also will visit special arts magnet
schools in Delaware and have the opportunity to interact with their contemporaries.
This project is the fourth time Delaware Tech has helped countries in Eastern Europe
respond to avian influenza or severe environmental concerns. From 2003 to 2005, the
College aided Bulgaria in establishing a wastewater training center similar to the
College’s Environmental Training Center in Georgetown. In 2005-2006, Delaware Tech
led a World Learning/USAID project for Kosovo to increase poultry industry capacity
and improve AI policies. In Croatia, Delaware Tech developed and implemented
graduate level courses in environmental project management training at the University of
This year’s project management training in Romania is part of a larger USDA grant to the
Delmarva International Poultry Partnership, led by the University of Delaware and
Delaware Tech, to provide training and technical assistance to Romania for controlling
avian influenza. The grant which ends in August also funded several other Delaware
Tech projects including the development of a new training laboratory for the University
of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest. The new laboratory
will be unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony later in August.