On August 31, 2017, P&R participated during the NTF meeting hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, attended by NTF and platform members from Agriculture, Health, the Central Public Health Laboratory, the Emergency Operations Center and international partners: WHO, CDC, USAID, P&R and MSF (France). The meeting venue was moved from the Ministry of Health in Kampala to strengthen meaningful co-chairing of the One Health sectors and to share responsibilities, recognize each other’s role and value to the partnership and ultimately foster long-term collaboration between the NTF and One Health platform members. P&R briefed participants on how the NTF was formed, its composition, mandate and major achievements for the benefit of the new Permanent Secretary (PS). The brief was helped to inform the PS and emphasize to the participants the need for a One Health approach to address zoonotic diseases and other One Health challenges.
One Health teams of investigators provided updates on outbreaks of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in central region (Nakaseke, Kyankwanzi Luwero districts), anthrax in Arua district, and the suspected outbreak of intestinal anthrax in Ntungamo district, due to consumption of a sick animal.
Uganda has been experiencing a number of emerging zoonotic disease outbreaks that necessitated collaboration among human, animal health and wildlife sectors in prevention and response. Since the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in 2005, a multisectoral National Task Force (NTF) has been constituted to address zoonotic disease outbreaks in the country under a One Health approach.