Platform: A One Health Steering Committee (OHSC) established to coordinate One Health activities in the country and gradually acquiring requisite capabilities to function as national One Health platform.

Stakeholders: Ministry of Health; Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries; Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change; Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Ethiopia Wildlife Authority); universities (Addis Ababa and Mekelle), EPT-2 partners, CDC, MOH and USAID.

Founded: The OHSC was created in August 2016, following a workshop involving stakeholders who determined that an interim OHSC was needed to spearhead the establishment of a national One Health platform. The members of the OHSC are drawn from the key One Health sectors: the Ministries of Health; Livestock and Fisheries; Environment, Forest, and Climate Change; and the Ethiopian Wildlife Authority, under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Each sector has four appointed OHSC representatives. The platform recently embraced a rotational leadership structure, with the current Chair and secretary positions held by the Ministry of Health’s Ethiopia Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development, respectively.

Ethiopia has a history of ad hoc multisectoral initiatives established in response to health threats, including Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Rift Valley Fever and Ebola in particular. To establish a formal and sustainable multisectoral coordination mechanism, P&R supported the sensitization of stakeholders on the value of having formal, sustainable One Health mechanisms to coordinate efforts across ministries and sectors. These efforts led to the establishment of the OHSC among the four ministries responsible for human health, animal health, and the environment. P&R worked with the OHSC to develop Terms of Reference (TORs) and clarify organizational structure. The platform is currently in the process of developing an MOU; the project continues to work closely with the OHSC to build its capacity for day-to-day coordination of One Health stakeholders and policy advocacy. The official launch of the national One Health platform in Ethiopia is expected in 2017.

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National One Health Technical Advisor, Ethiopia

Dr. Abebe Wossene Wolde serves as the National One Health Technical Advisorfor P&R in Ethiopia. Dr. Wolde joins the project from his position as a consultant for the UN’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), part of their Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), developing their multisectoral surveillance planning for MERS/ CoV. Prior to his work at the UN, he has served on the faculty of veterinary medicine at Addis Ababa University for almost 30 years. He holds his doctoral degree of veterinary medicine from Addis Ababa University, and his master’s in veterinary science from National Veterinary School in Toulouse, France.

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