News & Highlights

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.

September
2017

3rd International GHSA ZDAP Conference Held In Vietnam

The 3rd International Zoonotic Disease Action Package, ZDAP conference was held from the 29th-30th of August in Vietnam with a theme of strengthening cooperation and sharing effective One Health approaches.

September
2017

Guinea Implements REDISSE Using One Health Approach

On July 28, 2017, the World Bank organized an Inter-Ministerial meeting in collaboration with P&R to review the use of the One Health approach for the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement project, REDISSE. Representatives from various ministries were present alongside USAID and EPT2 partners in this meeting designed to engage the Guinean government for stronger commitment in institutionalizing their National One Health Platform.

August
2017

Bangladesh Prioritizes Diseases

On July 12 -13, 2017, the newly established One Health Secretariat in Bangladesh organized a One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Workshop with support from USAID-funded P&R and the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

August
2017

Indonesia Holds EPT-2 Strategic Partners Meeting

USAID Indonesia held a series of consultation meetings alongside EPT 2 partners, and diverse government stakeholders from July 17-19, 2017. The three day meeting was designed to highlight the EPT 2 program’s achievements, plans and challenges in Indonesia.

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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