News & Highlights

February
2016

Planning Epidemic Response in Cameroon

Finding ways to work together is crucial to Cameroon, a country at high risk for zoonotic disease emergence and re-emergence because of its range of human-animal-environmental interactions. Cameroon has endured a fatal outbreak of anthrax in great apes (gorillas and chimpanzees) in late 2004 and early 2005 in the Dja Biosphere Reserve; and three wild bird H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in the north. P&R is working with Cameroon’s One Health Platform—the National Zoonotic Program (NZP)–to operationalize multisectoral responses to these threats, helping Cameroon become a leader of One Health in Central Africa.

February
2016

Strengthening Regional Capability by Engaging the East African Community Secretariat

On January 21st and 22nd, USAID P&R Africa Regional Deputy Director Serge Nzietcheung and USAID EPT-2 East Africa Advisor Lisa Kramer had a first engagement meeting with representatives of Human Health and Agriculture sectors at the East African Community Secretariat (EAC) at Arusha, Tanzania.

December
2015

Discussing Challenges and Results at Central and East Africa’s One Health Conference

In 2006, Dr. Monica Musenero, now Assistant Commissioner of Epidemiology and Surveillance for the Ministry of Health in Uganda, was at the forefront of the global H5N1 pandemic crisis. She had recently been recruited as project manager of USAID’s H5N1 response program, and was tasked with pulling together a team of specialists to respond to it.

April
2015

Hosting Country Government Representatives for International One Health Workshop

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Preparedness and Response (P&R) project brought together 30 representatives from 10 countries to learn what the project and its partners are doing to build national and regional One Health capacity to emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases.

March
2014

Private Sector Planning and Audit Tools for Emerging Infectious Disease

The Preparedness & Response project, with Emerging Pandemic Threats suite partner project PREDICT-2, has published two tools to help the private sector proactively address emerging infectious disease.

March
2017

Indonesia – Support One Health Policy Advocacy

On March 16, 2017, five government ministries in Indonesia affirmed their commitment to a One Health approach to address health security threats and outlined areas for joint action at a One Health Seminar in Jakarta organized by FAO and P&R with USAID support. The event convened high-level officials and representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture with the objective of advancing a multisectoral One Health approach to the prevention, detection, and response to threats to human and animal health, such as highly pathogenic infectious diseases or anti-microbial resistance (AMR). Key stakeholders at the event affirmed their commitment to collaboration by issuing a Joint Communique to media outlets and the general public, “Implementation of the One Health Approach in Indonesia with special emphasis on Antimicrobial Resistance.”

March
2017

Indonesia – Develop or Review Guidelines, SOPs, and Protocols

In March 2017 P&R officially handed over the One Health Coordination Guidelines for Zoonoses Outbreaks and Emerging Infectious Diseases to our technical counterpart, the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (PMK-Komnas Zoonosis). Over one year, P&R has worked with PMK-Komnas Zoonosis; other government stakeholders from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Interior, and National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB); and EPT-2 partners to jointly develop this set of standard One Health Coordination Guidelines to strengthen provincial-level coordination mechanisms in both emergency and pre-outbreak situations. P&R and FAO jointly supported pilots of the guidelines in West Kalimantan and Riau provinces in both emergency and non-emergency (“peacetime”) scenarios, to refine and finalize the guidelines for practical implementation. PMK will officially launch the guidelines in mid-2017 as an institutional tool for multisectoral cooperation on zoonoses outbreaks and EIDs nationwide.

March
2017

Indonesia – Develop or Review Guidelines, SOPs, and Protocols

In March 2017, P&R officially handed over the One Health Coordination Guidelines for Zoonoses Outbreaks and Emerging Infectious Diseases to our technical counterpart, the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (PMK-Komnas Zoonosis). Over one year, P&R has worked with PMK-Komnas Zoonosis; other government stakeholders from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Interior, and National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB); and EPT-2 partners to jointly develop this set of standard One Health Coordination Guidelines to strengthen provincial-level coordination mechanisms in both emergency and pre-outbreak situations. P&R and FAO jointly supported pilots of the guidelines in West Kalimantan and Riau provinces in both emergency and non-emergency (“peacetime”) scenarios, which yielded useful information to refine and finalize the guidelines for practical implementation. PMK will officially launch the guidelines in mid-2017 as an institutional tool for multisectoral cooperation on zoonoses outbreaks and EIDs nationwide.

March
2017

Rwanda – Strengthen Platform One Health Implementation

In Kigali, the Rwanda One Health Steering Committee, with technical support from P&R, organized and conducted a workshop on institutional frameworks and collaboration mechanisms in disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and response. This activity laid a foundation for sustainable multisectoral collaboration Specific outcomes included 1) creating awareness among health sector professionals about WHO, FAO, and OIE regulatory tools, standards, and codes, 2) sharing institutional and technical frameworks of each of the ministries in dealing with disease surveillance, reporting, outbreak investigation, and response, 3) identifying areas, mechanisms, and tools for improving multisectoral collaboration for better preparedness and response, and 4) developing an action plan for the adoption of a multisectoral institutional framework.

March
2017

Bangladesh – Launch Platform

In March 2017, during the first meeting of the Interministerial Steering Committee on One Health, organized with support from P&R, the terms of reference for the Steering Committee as well as the One Health Secretariat and Technical Advisor Group were approved, officially beginning platform operations. The meeting also advanced the secondment of government staff to the One Health Secretariat and initiated the review and updating of the national One Health Strategic Framework and Action Plan. Over the past six months, P&R played a critical role in developing and coordinating the review of the terms of reference, as well as mobilizing resources for the short-term establishment and long-term sustainability of the One Health Secretariat with government stakeholders and development partners. The meeting also advanced the secondment of government staff to the One Health Secretariat and initiated the review and updating of the national One Health Strategic Framework and Action Plan. Successful advocacy by P&R and USAID with senior decision makers in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare led to the inclusion of a specific line item for the OHS in the Ministry’s new 5-year budget approved in March by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council chaired by the Prime Minister.

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