News & Highlights

February
2018

Measuring One Health Platform Capacity and Performance in Guinea

On Feb 13-14, P&R facilitated the One Health Self-Assessment in Guinea, to measure organizational and performance capacity of the national One Health platform. The workshop was conducted with attendance from a good range of stakeholders of the platform in Guinea. Dr. Mane Seny, vice president of the platform, chaired the workshop and presented both the agenda and an update on the process to establish the Guinea platform.

February
2018

Tanzania Prime Minister Launches One Health Platform and Strategic Plan

On Tuesday, February 13, the Prime Minister of Tanzania, the Honorable Kassim Majaliwa, formally launched the One Health platform and strategic plan, both developed with support from P&R. The event included the keynote address from the Prime Minister, with remarks from Minister of Health, the Assistant Minister of Livestock and fisheries, and many more. The U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Tanzania, Jay Zimmerman, represented the U.S. and the embassy, with support from the USAID Director of Health and the director of the CDC in Tanzania, among others.

February
2018

Developing a One Health Platform Governance Manual in Liberia

The Liberia One Health Coordination Platform (OHCP), with support and collaboration of P&R, held a workshop to review and validate the governance manual and annual work plan of the platform. This decisive workshop took place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, from February 14-16, 2018. The manual will contribute to the operational sustainability and effectiveness in 2018 and beyond, and with the budgeted plan and One Health strategy, was one of the immediate priorities of the platform identified at launch.

 

 

January
2018

P&R Hosts Interactive Side Panel at Thailand’s Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2018

On January 29, 2018, USAID- funded projects P&R and PREDICT, held a joint interactive panel on Operationalizing One Health: From Assessment to Action as a side event at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok, Thailand. A diverse set of panelists promoted One Health implementation by discussing One Health frameworks, capacity assessment and planning tools, and lessons learned in the implementation of One Health to address diseases, using country-specific examples.

January
2018

In Cameroon, More Money for One Health in the 2018 Budget

The Minister of Higher Education of Cameroon has agreed to increase a budget line dedicated to One Health, originally created with P&R support in 2017, in his global budget for 2018. The first use of this budget will be dedicated to organizing a sensitization workshop for the heads of the academic institutions on the “One Health” approach.

August
2017

Uganda – Provide Technical Assistance for Outbreak Response

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.

August
2017

Uganda- Review, Update or Develop National One Health Strategic Plans

P&R continued to provide technical assistance to the Uganda One Health Platform (OHP) towards development of a Five Year 2018 – 2022 One Health Strategic plan (OHSP). On August 29, 2017 and in coordination with the OHP, P&R organized a consultative meeting with a wide range of stakeholders, to review the third draft of the Strategic Plan in preparation for final documentation for validation.

A final draft will be completed and shared with all stakeholders for their final input and validation in October 2017. Representatives attended the meeting from all the One Health sectors (Agriculture, Environment & Water, Health, Wildlife), professional associations, USAID, (Uganda Medical Association and Uganda Veterinary Association) OHCEA/OHW, Fleming Fund/AMR, and the private sector.

The meeting was officially opened by Mr. Expedito Ahimbisibwe, Principal Health Economist on behalf of the Director Planning & Development in the Ministry of Health; the sector currently chairing the National One Health Platform. In his remarks, he appreciated the need to harmonize the OHSP with strategic development plans of the different sectors and ministries so that there is smooth implementation of the plans without any conflict or interference.

August
2017

Vietnam – Mobilize Technical and Financial Resources

Since the beginning of the year, P&R has provided both technical and logistical support in the organization of the 3rd International GHSA ZDAP Conference, as both Indonesia and Vietnam are lead countries, with Senegal, for the Zoonotic Disease Action Package. The event was an opportunity to review activities, identify areas for improvement, and share experiences and models, as a basis to identify concrete priority activities for the coming year to meet the objectives of the five-year ZDAP Strategic Plan. Key conference outcomes include: next steps for moving forward the endorsement of the updated ZDAP Strategic Action Plan; implement the ZDAP Coordination Mechanism; and continue exploring ways to document and share information, experiences, and lessons learned across national, regional and global platforms and partners. In addition to facilitating coordination for the conference preparation between Indonesia and Vietnam organizing committees, P&R also organized a conference session on “One Health Models for Cross-Sectoral Coordination on Zoonotic Disease”, highlighting the work of coordinating platforms in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Kenya.

August
2017

Bangladesh-Strengthen Platform One Health Implementation

Over the past two quarters, P&R has provided technical support in reviewing and updating the National One Health Strategic Framework for Bangladesh, with the One Health Secretariat and supported by PREDICT and FAO. At a workshop held in May 2017, over 60 stakeholder representatives from government, UN, academia and NGO agencies reviewed and made key recommendations for the revision of the One Health Strategic Framework for the next five years. On August 25, 2017, the revised plan was presented and validated by the participating stakeholders. P&R will support the One Health Secretariat to see the One Health Strategic Framework through the official Government of Bangladesh approval process to renew strategic direction for One Health including: institutional governance, outbreak investigation, coordinated surveillance, trans-disciplinary research, strategic communication, networking and capacity building.

August
2017

Guinea – Define Platform Roles and Responsibilities

In August 2017, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Livestock and Production and the Minister of Environment, Water and Forestry have signed the Inter-ministerial Executive order establishing, defining the structure and the role and responsibility of the National One Health Platform. P&R advocacy efforts to engage the government to plan for the platform launch in Guinea are still ongoing, with the official launch of the platform projected for October 2017.

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