News & Highlights

August
2017

Liberia Launches Second One Health Platform in West Africa

To promote multisectoral collaboration and coordination in preventing, detecting, and responding to public health threats, P&R recently organized and facilitated a two-day One Health Ministerial Retreat in joint collaboration with national partners in Liberia.

July
2017

Liberia and Sierra Leone Launch One Health Platforms

In June, P&R organized and launched the first One Health platforms in West Africa. The platform launches are the result of the continuous P&R, USAID, and EPT-2 support in West Africa to the One Health approach – through technical guidance, multistakeholder facilitation, and collaborative institutional capacity building – since 2015.

July
2017

Uganda Rolls Out One Health Strategy Development Process

On May 30 – June 1, 2017, P&R facilitated a three-day One Health Strategy Development Workshop with the Uganda Zoonotic Disease Coordination Office (ZDCO). The workshop was conducted in response to the need for more well-defined collaborative activities between representatives from the human, animal and environmental health sectors under the Uganda National One Health Platform.
Representatives discussed key challenges like human resources and internal coordination within ministries. In the ongoing effort to advance One Health, partners and stakeholders emphasized the importance of continued commitment and support to strengthen coordination and collaboration across sectors, agencies, and geographic borders.

July
2017

Uganda Assesses Outbreak Preparedness Through JEE Exercise

Uganda recently held a Joint External Evaluation Exercise to assess its capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats. P&R was present to provide technical assistance throughout the 5-day event which was organized in close collaboration with One Health government sectors and partners including, WHO, CDC, and USAID.

July
2017

Rwanda Prioritizes Zoonotic Diseases

P&R worked closely with USAID and the CDC to support Rwanda’s National One Health Steering Committee in planning and organizing a One Health Zoonotic Disease prioritization workshop that took place on June 20-21, 2017. The two-day exercise engaged several stakeholders and representatives from the animal, human, and environment sectors in applying a multi-sectoral One Health approach to identifying Rwanda’s priority endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases.

April
2017

Tanzania – Conduct Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases

P&R, in collaboration with the One Health Coordination Unit (OHCU), CDC, and relevant ministries, established a multisectoral task force to review previous work on disease prioritization in Tanzania, including review of a list of zoonotic diseases agreed to during the previous Kibaha meeting. Based on the review, the task force recommended that a multisectoral One Health zoonotic disease prioritization exercise is needed. P&R worked with the OHCU, CDC, USAID, and other stakeholders to plan and organize a zoonotic disease prioritization in March 2017. The Government of Tanzania members chose to prioritize six diseases (or categories), including rabies, Rift Valley fever and other viral hemorrhagic fevers (Marburg, Ebola), zoonotic influenza virus, Anthrax, Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness–HAT), and Brucellosis.

March
2017

Côte d’Ivoire – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

P&R facilitated the capacity building of 30 professionals including members of the GHSA Secretariat and GHSA focal points in key ministries involved in the implementation of the GHSA in Côte d’Ivoire, the implementing partners, and representatives of USG agencies, USAID and CDC, to improve the monitoring of the implementation of the GHSA program and the institutionalization of the One Health approach in the country. GHSA focal points will use standard reporting templates to provide information to the GHSA Secretariat for consolidation into a report to share with various stakeholders presented by the secretariat instead of multiple presentations by implementing partners.

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. 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.

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.

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