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One Health Day 2017 Highlights

Bangladesh

International One Health Day Celebration Rally

In Bangladesh, P&R worked with Eco-Health Alliance and One Health Bangladesh in organizing a series of events for One Health Day on November 3, 2017 in Dhaka, the country’s capital. The day began with a rally at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University with students and One Health professionals. The rally was followed by a talk on One Health by Professor Nitish Debnath, National Coordinator, One Health Bangladesh. Dr. Debnath discussed the inter- linkages between One Health goals and UN Sustainable Development Goals, considering the changing dynamics of infectious diseases.

Ethiopia

National One Health Steering Committee members and other attendees pose for a picture at the end of event.

Ethiopia celebrated One Health day on November 3, 2017 with a ceremony at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute in collaboration with P&R. The event was organized by the newly formed National One Health Steering Committee (NOHSC) and promoted the institutionalization of One Health in Ethiopia. Ethiopian ministries, One Health technical working groups and several international partners were in attendance. Dr. Tsegereda, Deputy Director General of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, made opening remarks, in which she called the need for multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration a must, not a choice. P&R project Director, Susan Scribner, shared ongoing One Health-centered activities and affirmed P&R’s commitment to advancing One Health activities in Ethiopia.

Guinea

Minister of Environment, Water and Forestry (MEEF), Aissatou Baldé.

Guinea marked One Health Day on November 3, 2017 in a small forum by sharing the Executive Order establishing the country’s One Health platform. Ms. Aissatou Baldé, the Minister of Environment, Water and Forestry (MEEF), read a Declaration on One Health in the presence of national and international partners and to members of the press. Afterwards, she took a few questions and expressed her continued support to all partners and organizations in implementing One Health for the safety of Guinea and the world.

Liberia

L to R: Dr. Fallah Mokosa, Deputy Director General, National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL); Monica Dea, USAID Health Advisor; Minister of Health, Honorable Burnice Dahn, welcoming participants to the IOHD observance.

Liberia celebrated One Health day with a series of events including a roundtable discussion on One Health collaboration for the control of emerging and re-emerging diseases in Liberia, a talk-segment on the radio, and a program at the University of Liberia campus. The theme of the program was “Preventing the next epidemic through One Health Coordination and Collaboration in Liberia.” Over 150 people were in attendance including the Minister of Health and the Minister of Agriculture, two Directors as well as international partners USAID, FAO/ECTAD, WHO, and PREDICT. Representatives from the private sector and public institutions pledged their support to the One Health.

Sierra Leone

School pupils from 5 different schools in attendance.

Sierra Leone held its first One Health day celebration on November 3rd with a goal of encouraging strong leadership and engagement from the government in order to maintain the momentum over the One Health approach. The newly institutionalized One Health Platform organized a One Health Coordination Committee Meeting to mark this year’s One Health day. Several One Health technical stakeholders participated in this decision making meeting which would further the activities of the One Health Platform in the country. They agreed to share more information on the One Health approach and ongoing One Health activities in the country to a wider audience. This event was a step forward in sensitizing the people of Sierra Leone to the platform and its functionality.

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