Kenya

Kenya

Platform: The Zoonotic Technical Working Group (ZTWG) serves as the Platform with the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU) as its secretariat.

Stakeholders: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Kenya Wildlife Services, universities, Kenya Medical Research Institute, UN agencies (FAO, WHO), USG agencies (CDC, DTRA, USAID), NGOs, International Livestock Research Institute, GHSA/EPT2 projects

Founded:
After a Rift Valley fever outbreak in 2006/7, the Zoonotic Technical Working Group was created as a standing multisectoral committee on zoonoses in the country, building on the previously existing avian influenza national taskforce. In 2011, the ZDU was officially created to strengthen and maintain active collaboration between the sectors and act as the secretariat of the ZTWG.

In Kenya, the One Health approach is coordinated by the Zoonotic Technical Working Group (ZTWG), a committee of multiple stakeholders representing the core One Health sectors. To strengthen and maintain active collaboration between the sectors, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries established the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU) in 2011. The ZDU acts as the secretariat of the ZTWG. P&R is providing policy advocacy support to the ZDU on efforts to incorporate One Health into various sector policies and advocate for funding from the government based on a policy advocacy strategy developed with the project support. P&R is also assisting with the development of terms of reference to transform ZTWG into a One Health Technical Committee, with a wider mandate incorporating zoonotic diseases, anti-microbial resistance, food safety, and environmental health as thematic areas. The project is also supporting the development of a multisectoral framework for preparedness and response to acute public health events of initially unknown etiology and a new One Health strategic plan for the period 2018 – 2022.

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National One Health Technical Advisor, Kenya

Thomas Nyariki serves as the National One Health Technical Advisor for P&R for Kenya, based in Nairobi. Previously, Thomas worked as a Wildlife Expert for the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), providing technical advice in disease preparedness and response programs aimed at strengthening capacity of the African Union Members States to respond to avian influenza and other emerging pandemic threats. Thomas brings with him almost twenty years of professional experience, as well as his BVM, MSc, and PhD in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Nairobi.

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