Platform: The National One Health Coordination Platform of Liberia
Stakeholders: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry Development Authority, National Public Health Institute, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning , National Disaster Management Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency
Founded: The National One Health Coordination Platform of Liberia was established in June 2017.
The Liberian government adopted a multisectoral approach during the Ebola outbreak, which proved beneficial during the crisis. However, the IHR Joint External Evaluation (JEE), completed in September 2016, outlined major challenges such as information management and sharing, coordination, and an absence of coordination mechanism SOPs. There were numerous committees and task forces during that crisis.
Since its engagement in the country, P&R has been actively supporting the Liberian government efforts to establish a formal One Health platform. To achieve that objective, P&R supported three multisectoral coordination meetings (September 22, 2016; October 7, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017), which brought various government stakeholders and Partners together including USAID, CDC, FAO, PREDICT-2, WHO, IOM, and others. The meetings yielded a TOR draft as well as an organizational structure to establish a One Health platform for zoonotic disease prevention, public health events, and Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and Radiation control with a multi-hazard approach.
The One Health Coordination Platform was formally launched on June 28, 2017 in Monrovia, with the signing of a declaration of commitment to the institutionalization of One Health. The signing was endorsed by nine Liberian government ministers – Health, Agriculture, Internal Affairs (National Disaster Management Agency), Education, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Information, Defense, and Justice – as well as the heads of the Forestry Development Authority, Environmental Protection Agency and the National Public Health Institute. The platform includes a One Health Secretariat housed in the office of the Vice President, a One Health Technical Committee, and technical working groups.
P&R is continuing to work with the newly established platform to develop a One Health Strategic plan.