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.