News & Highlights

November
2017

Q&A with P&R’s Susan Scribner: Preparedness, Response, and Global Health Security

We cannot afford to just respond to pandemic threats anymore; we need to be proactive about preventing them. That means working to improve country government systems and planning for preparedness and response, which is where P&R sits. By focusing on systems and planning, the P&R program helps bridge the gap between traditional health-systems strengthening activities and specific global health security needs.

November
2017

Laos Holds First EPT2 Partners Meeting

On November 7, P&R coordinated the first EPT2 Partners Meeting with the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, GOL. The meeting was took place in Vientiane and attended by 23 participants including representatives from the Department of Communicable Disease Control, National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE), USAID, FAO, WHO, and P&R. Focal points of this meeting also included harmonizing activities across projects to further integrate the EPT2 program in Laos.

November
2017

P&R Celebrates One Health Day 2017 with Half-Day Symposium

On the second annual International One Health Day, P&R, in collaboration with the GWU Student One Health club hosted a half-day symposium titled, “Emerging Pandemic Threats – One Health in Practice.”

October
2017

Liberia Holds First One Health Coordinating Platform Meeting

Following the successful launch of Liberia’s One Health Platform in June, P&R supported Liberia’s first One Health Coordination Platform meeting on October 9, 2017. The meeting held to update partners on the progresses and challenges of implementing a One Health approach in Liberia.

October
2017

Rwanda Validates Institutional Framework and Terms of Reference

In an effort to authenticate and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Rwanda One Health platform, P&R recently supported a validation workshop in joint collaboration with the country’s One Health Steering Committee, OHSC.

June
2017

Rwanda – Conduct Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases

On June 20 – 21, 2017, P&R worked with USAID and CDC to support the government of Rwanda through National One Health Steering Committee to plan and organize a One Health zoonotic disease prioritization exercise, using the CDC prioritization tool. The workshop focused on applying a multisectoral One Health approach in identifying Rwanda’s top priority endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases of major public health concern, which require joint intervention by human, animal and environmental health sectors in order to prevent and mitigate disease outbreaks. A wide cross-section of participants were drawn from government ministries and academic institutions: Ministry of Health/Rwanda Biomedical Center; Ministry of Agriculture/Rwanda Agriculture Board; Rwanda Environment Authority; Rwanda Development Board; Rwanda National Police; Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration; University of Rwanda (College of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine); and the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugee Affairs. International partners such as CDC, USAID, World Health Organization (WHO), PREDICT-2, One Health Workforce (OHW) and the private sector also participated.

Out of 32 zoonotic diseases, the following six diseases/disease categories were identified as the top priorities for Rwanda: 1) Viral Hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Marburg, Yellow Fever and Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF); 2) High Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI); 3) Rift Valley Fever; 4) Brucellosis; 5) Human Sleeping sickness; 6) Rabies.

P&R also contributed by facilitating the participation of two Rwandan professionals, one from the Rwanda Agriculture board (RAB) Ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources and the other from University of Rwanda – School of Animal Resources and Veterinary Medicine, to attend a two-day training of facilitators workshop conducted by CDC.

June
2017

Côte d’Ivoire – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

With the technical and financial support of P&R, the GHSA national coordination mechanism held its first full meeting with all key ministries to plan for a multisectoral joint external evaluation (JEE) of IHR and GHSA core capacities scheduled toward the beginning of the second semester of 2017.

April
2017

Ethiopia – Define Platform Roles and Responsibilities

P&R supported the Ministry of Health; Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries; Ethiopia Wildlife Conservation Authority; and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to establish a One Health Steering Committee (OHSC). P&R developed terms of reference (TOR) for the OHSC members, identified capacity building gaps for the committee, and drafted an action plan for further strengthening of the OHSC. P&R initiated the implementation of the action plan by facilitating a capacity building training for the committee to better understand their terms of reference and identify long-term capacity building needs.

April
2017

Ethiopia – Organize One Health Sensitization

P&R brought together about 60 human health, animal health, and environmental professionals in a two-day workshop to share and cross-sensitize on their operational technical and institutional frameworks. The workshop objectives were to create awareness among the professionals on WHO, FAO and OIE regulatory tools, standards and codes; share the institutional and technical frameworks of each ministry in dealing with disease investigation, reporting, and response; agree on sharing information to all ministries on a regular basis and integrate data collection mechanisms related to zoonotic diseases; and develop a action plan for the adoption of an integrated multisectoral One Health approach to the surveillance of public health threats.

April
2017

Ethiopia- Define Platform Roles and Responsibilities

P&R supported the Ministry of Health; Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries; Ethiopia Wildlife Conservation Authority; and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to establish a One Health Steering Committee (OHSC). P&R developed terms of reference (TOR) for the OHSC members, identified capacity building gaps for the committee, and drafted an action plan for further strengthening of the OHSC. P&R initiated the implementation of the action plan by facilitating a capacity building training for the committee to better understand their terms of reference and identify long-term capacity building needs.

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