Platform: The One Health Steering Committee (ROHSC) serves as the national One Health platform.

Stakeholders: Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resource, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Natural Resources. Government institutions include: Rwanda Agriculture Board,
University of Rwanda (College of Agriculture, Animal and Veterinary Medicine and College of Medicine and Health Science), Rwanda Biomedical Center, Rwanda Development Board (Conservation and Tourism Department), Rwanda National Police, Immigration and Rwanda Environment Management
Authority (REMA).

Founded: The One Health Steering Committee (ROHSC) was established in 2011. The platform has also initiated the establishment of a secretariat with the appointment of a One Health Coordinator, supported by P&R. The OHSC intends to ask the government to support the establishment of a fully functional permanent secretariat.

The government of Rwanda has embraced the One Health approach, and continues to demonstrate strong political will to institutionalize the approach across relevant sectors, designating the ROHSC as responsible for overall governance of One Health activities. The ROHSC reports to the social cluster, an interministerial coordination mechanism bringing together government sectors responsible for social services (Health, Education, Water and Sanitation), chaired by the Ministry of Health. The ROHSC is currently chaired by the Director of Veterinary Services from the Ministry of Agriculture, with the Ministry of Health serving as deputy/co-chair.

Based on the results of P&R’s recent Planning for Performance (P4P) assessment, the ROHSC lacks an institutional and policy framework, clear platform terms of reference and structure, communication strategies, and a work plan, among other identified gaps. In spite of these gaps, the OHSC has asserted itself in coordinating One Health initiatives in the country and is well known among key players. Following the P4P assessment the ROHSC developed a roadmap, with the assistance of P&R and other stakeholders, to strengthen its institutional and operational systems.

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One Health Technical Advisor, Rwanda

Dr. Kinani serves as National One Health Technical Advisor for P&R in Rwanda, based in Kigali. Prior to joining the project, he served as a lecturer on Wildlife Disease at the Kitabi College of Conservation and Environment Management; as a research and training consultant for One Health and Conservation with Gorilla Health; and as the head veterinarian for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda, among other positions. Dr. Kinani brings more than 20 years of experience in wildlife veterinary health and epidemiology to the project in Rwanda.

Dr. Kinani holds his Master’s in veterinary science from the National University of Lubumbashi in Democratic Republic of Congo, his doctorate in science and veterinary Medicine from the Cheik Anta Diop University of Dakar/ Senegal, and also received his Master’s in Field Epidemiology from the Field Epidemiology Leadership Training Program at the University of Rwanda-School of Public Health, sponsored by USAID.

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