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February
2017

Kenya – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

P&R participated in the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) for Kenya from February 27 to March 3, 2017. The ZDU coordinated the JEE, working closely with WHO, and brought together a broad range of stakeholders including the Ministry of Health; Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries; Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources; Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government; and other partners. The ZDU emphasized the need for strong multisectoral collaboration mechanisms to address IHR issues. The team noted that the ZDU, as the One Health platform for the country, was working well at technical level but observed that there was a need to strengthen it at a political and policy level.

February
2017

Guinea – Develop Organizational Structure

Under the leadership of the director of the New Guinean National Health Security Agency and chair of the GHSA-One Health committee, P&R has been working with the 15 permanent members of the Committee from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Livestock, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Defense, and Police and Security to draft the “Cadre Insitutionnel,” an institutional framework for the governance and operations of the multisectoral GHSA-One Health Committee. A workshop was organized February 24, 2017, to seek comments for members of the committees and other stakeholders on the draft institutional framework. The document is currently being revised and will soon be presented to senior policymakers of the key ministries for buy in to pave the way for the official launch of the GHSA-One Health Platform.

February
2017

Rwanda – Strengthen Platform One Health Implementation

On February 21 – 22, 2017 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 among sectors in charge of preparedness and response to public health threats. 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 for the prevention, detection, and response to zoonotic diseases and other public health threats.

February
2017

Sierra Leone – Develop Organizational Structure

P&R facilitated the first formal One Health Meeting held in Sierra Leone, co-chaired by the deputy chief medical officer for the Ministry of Health and the director of veterinary services for the Ministry of Agriculture, to discuss the development of a formal One Health platform. Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Forestry, and Food Security; the Environmental Protection Agency; USAID; CDC; Public Health England; WHO; Njala University; the Association of Public Health Laboratories; and the International Organization on Migration. Action items included a review of the proposed organogram and terms of reference for the platform, which were prepared by P&R. The proposed organogram was agreed on, and a One Health Technical Working Group was established to review and update the TOR. Following, the Government of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with P&R, held a workshop to validate the terms of reference and the MOU for the national One Health platform, to get the consolidated document signed-off and organize a launch ceremony, expected for May-June 2017.

February
2017

Thailand – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

P&R made technical contributions toward the development of regional GHSA workforce and laboratory packages at the Second GHSA Regional Laboratory Workshop organized by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives’ Department of Livestock Development in Bangkok in early February 2017. The workshop, attended by 120 participants from 20 GHSA countries, updated and accelerated implementation of the Regional Strategy on Laboratory System Strengthening in member countries; shared experiences of utilizing the One Health approach; and enhanced collaboration among relevant action packages.

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