News & Highlights

April
2018

Mali Measures One Health Progress with First Performance Assessment

On March 14-15, 2018, P&R organized Mali’s first Planning for Performance, P4P workshop in collaboration with the Mali – GHSA coordination committee. Prior to this event, P&R trained three local facilitators on skills needed to successfully conduct the P4P exercise. The P&R One Health P4P is both a process and a tool that measures the organizational and performance capacity of a country’s National One Health Platform, NOHP. P4P establishes a baseline for both categories, allowing for evaluation of a NOHP’s progress over time, and helping P&R better align its interventions to the needs of national governments in advancement of a multi-sectoral One Health agenda.

March
2018

Indonesia Launches Guidelines to Control and Reduce Infectious Disease Outbreaks

On February 13, 2018, Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture (Kemenko PMK) launched One Health Coordination Guidelines to prevent and reduce the impact of emerging infectious diseases. The event was held at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta with support from P&R. Representatives from key ministries were present, including Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Disaster Management Agency.

March
2018

Guinea Holds First Planning for Performance P4P

Guinea held its first Planning for Performance (P4P) assessment exercise on February 13-14, 2018 with support from P&R.

February
2018

One Health Self-Assessment Tool Guide

To help better understand how the One Health Self-Assessment tool is implemented by country governments to strengthen One Health capacity and performance, P&R’s Robert Salerno, the tool’s co-designer, explains it in this short presentation.

February
2018

Uganda Launches One Health Strategic Plan

Uganda knows the devastating effects of a major disease outbreak. Just this past November, the East African country dealt with a deadly Marburg virus outbreak that left three people from the Kween and Kapchorwa districts dead. Although Uganda was able to contain the deadly outbreak, they recognized the need for a coordinated One Health effort in preparing for these disease threats.

October
2017

Uganda – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

In preparation for the 4th GHSA high-level ministerial meeting scheduled on October 25 – 27, 2017, and at the request of USAID and the government of Uganda, P&R was appointed to two GHSA organizing committees: a) high level (of directors, development partners and policy makers), and b) technical (composed of technical officers), to provide technical assistance and guidance to the government during ongoing preparations. Under the theme “Health Security for All” the focus of the meeting is to build country ownership, while engaging communities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia, development partners and other agencies in GHSA.

Uganda was selected to host the meeting because it’s among the countries highly prone to epidemics, with established systems and capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks. The meeting is expected to attract over 150 Ministers from about 60 countries, including ministers of Health, Finance and Agriculture, from each of the 62 GHSA countries.

During the preparatory meetings, participants agreed to make the One Health approach to feature prominently, making the following recommendations:
o Allocation of a session for a presentation on One Health platforms;
o Simulation exercise involving ministers must be engaging and also strategically show the inter-linkages with One Health;
o Dedicate a session to presenting on the Trust Fund for One Health and Public Health Emergencies, to be made by the Minister of Finance;
o All Ministers of One Health Platform (Ministry of Agriculture, Health, Environment and Tourism/Wildlife) should have an opportunity to Chair the different sessions;
o Agenda should include panel discussions each day with 5 selected ministers. Among the topics of discussion will be; financing, One Health, emergency response. To ensure full participation of the Ministers, the different countries should be given a chance to speak;
o Create a Trust Fund for One Health approach through multi-sectoral programs and National One Health platforms;
o Prepare a GHSA Global declaration to be issued at the end of the meeting.

P&R is currently providing technical assistance to the platform in completing a concept note and relevance of the One Health Trust Fund, and developing posters and displays on One Health approach, highlighting some of the One Health platform interventions and successes at local, regional and global level.

October
2017

Bangladesh – Facilitate Multistakeholder Meetings

In preparation for the 4th GHSA high-level ministerial meeting scheduled on October 25 – 27, 2017, and at the request of USAID and the government of Uganda, P&R was appointed to two GHSA organizing committees: a) high level (of directors, development partners and policy makers), and b) technical (composed of technical officers), to provide technical assistance and guidance to the government during ongoing preparations. Under the theme “Health Security for All” the focus of the meeting is to build country ownership, while engaging communities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia, development partners and other agencies in GHSA.

Uganda was selected to host the meeting because it’s among the countries highly prone to epidemics, with established systems and capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks. The meeting is expected to attract over 150 Ministers from about 60 countries, including ministers of Health, Finance and Agriculture, from each of the 62 GHSA countries.

During the preparatory meetings, participants agreed to make the One Health approach to feature prominently, making the following recommendations:
o Allocation of a session for a presentation on One Health platforms;
o Simulation exercise involving ministers must be engaging and also strategically show the inter-linkages with One Health;
o Dedicate a session to presenting on the Trust Fund for One Health and Public Health Emergencies, to be made by the Minister of Finance;
o All Ministers of One Health Platform (Ministry of Agriculture, Health, Environment and Tourism/Wildlife) should have an opportunity to Chair the different sessions;
o Agenda should include panel discussions each day with 5 selected ministers. Among the topics of discussion will be; financing, One Health, emergency response. To ensure full
participation of the Ministers, the different countries should be given a chance to speak;
o Create a Trust Fund for One Health approach through multi-sectoral programs and National One Health platforms;
o Prepare a GHSA Global declaration to be issued at the end of the meeting.

P&R is currently providing technical assistance to the platform in completing a concept note and relevance of the One Health Trust Fund, and developing posters and displays on One Health approach, highlighting some of the One Health platform interventions and successes at local, regional and global level.

September
2017

Bangladesh – Organize One Health Sensitization

P&R provided technical and logistic support for the Annual One Health Conference in Bangladesh, held from September 17 – 18, 2017. Nearly 600 participants attended the two day multisectoral, multidisciplinary conference, including high level participation from the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, State Minister for the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, and Deputy Minister of Environment and Forests.

A regularly-held forum for knowledge exchange and collaboration between the animal health, human health, and environmental health sectors, this year’s conference theme was “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the One Health Approach”. Forty-five papers and sixty posters were presented at the conference, covering diverse topics including One Health governance, advocacy and communications, zoonotic disease prioritization, antimicrobial resistance, food safety and security, and the Global Virome project, among others.

September
2017

Mali – Develop Organizational Structure

With P&R support, the Ministry of Health convened several meetings to discuss with other key sectors to strongly recommend finalizing the drafting of the legal order necessary for the launch of the platform. P&R provided technical support to the lawyer of the Ministry of Health for drafting the legal order for the establishment of the platform in Mali. On September 14-15, P&R facilitated a meeting with key ministries to finalize and validate the draft of legal order. Next steps include setting a final date for formal launch

September
2017

Uganda- Enhance Leadership Capacity

On September 5 – 7, 2017, P&R organized and facilitated a leadership training workshop aimed at strengthening One Health leadership skills of National One Health Platform members and build a collaborative culture where all stakeholders (government, partners and private sector) share collective responsibility for greater effectiveness in the prevention, detection and response to outbreaks and other One Health related events.

Major outcomes achieved during the training include the establishment of the One Health Technical Working Group (OHTWG) subcommittees (Policy, Strategy, Advocacy & Communication; Surveillance, Preparedness & Response; Research & Training and Antimicrobial resistance), and development of their annual work plans. The Zoonotic Disease Coordination Office (ZDCO), as the secretariat of the NOHP, also developed a work plan to guide its coordination role for the larger OHTWG.
More than 21 One Health platform members attended the training, representing Agriculture, Health and Wildlife, academic institutions, Medical and Veterinary professional associations and the private sector, represented by the Uganda Tourism Association.

The three-day training enabled participants to acquire interactive learning skills, establish a positive inclusive team culture, norms and cohesion and also provide them with a head start in identifying activities to implement in the One Health strategic plan. The training involved active participation in a series of presentations throughout the eight Steps to Leading Change, which helped the trainees understand how to effectively engage and influence their stakeholders in the process of implementing the One Health approach.

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