In August 2017, P&R provided support to a multisectoral team comprising of the Tanzania One Health Coordination Unit, Prime Minister’s Office, the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and the Arusha regional health management team, to collect data on anthrax outbreak after action review.
The investigation team is working on a report to be presented to stakeholders for discussion during a preparedness and response technical working group meeting scheduled for October 9-10, 2017. The outcome of the discussions will include areas for improvement to strengthen anthrax and other priority zoonotic diseases preparedness and response. Tools and protocols developed with technical assistance from P&R were used during the data collection.
The team visited the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, the Arusha Regional Medical Office, the Regional Veterinary Office, the District Medical Office, the District Veterinary Office and the Selela village including the dispensary, the village councilor and the ward wildlife and veterinary extension officers.
During the visits, interviews were conducted on different aspects of response, challenges experienced, and gaps during the response to anthrax and opinions of the interviewees on the best way forward in preparing and responding to future outbreaks.