Platform: The National Program for the Prevention and Fight against Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonoses (NPPFERZD)

Stakeholders: Prime Minister’s Office; Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries; Ministry of Public Health; Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife; Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development; Ministry of Scientific Research; Ministry of Higher Education

Founded: The prime minister of Cameroon, through Executive Order Number 028, created the NPPFERZD on April 4, 2014.

The National Program for the Prevention and Fight against Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases (NPPFERZD), Cameroon’s One Health platform, was established in 2014 by executive order of the prime minister and has been working with stakeholders to take a One Health approach in preparedness and response to zoonotic diseases. The NPPFERZD is comprised of a Steering Committee, Technical Committee, and a Permanent Secretariat. With P&R support, NPPFERZD is strengthening collaboration with the private sector on preparedness and response planning. Leveraging a large regional sports event—the Africa Women Cup of Nations held in Douala and Limbe in November 2016—NPPFERZD coordinated with the Exxon Mobil-Cameroon Oil Transport Company and Cameroon Inter- Professional Business Group to conduct an assessment of the existing preparedness and response plan and then test the plan through a tabletop simulation exercise based on a Ebola virus disease outbreak. P&R has supported the NPPFERZD in developing multisectoral SOPs for zoonotic disease and other public health event surveillance, outbreak investigation, and response, as well as in developing a multisectoral collaboration framework for Public Health Emergency Operation Center, the Animal Health Crisis Management Center, and the Center for Disaster Management.

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National One Health Technical Advisor, Cameroon

Loul Severin serves as the National One Health Technical Advisor for P&R in Cameroon, having played a central role in the development of the “One Health” National Strategy of Cameroon and the National Program of Prevention and Control of zoonosis. He joins P&R from his role as Deputy Director of Veterinary Service of Cameroon, in charge of sanitary protection and epidemiological surveillance at the Veterinary Services Directorate, Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries. He holds his doctoral degree of veterinary medicine Interstate School of Science and Veterinary Medicine (EISMV) in Dakar, Senegal, and his master’s in Tropical Animal Health from the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.

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