News & Highlights

July
2017

Indonesia GHSA ZDAP Coordination Meeting

In preparation for the 3rd International Global Health Security Agenda Zoonotic Disease Action Package (GHSA ZDAP) International Conference in August 2017, P&R and the Vietnam One Health Partnership for Zoonoses supported key government representatives from Indonesia and Vietnam in convening a joint preparation meeting and exchange visit on May 29-31 in Jakarta. Indonesia and Vietnam, with the recent addition of Senegal, are global co-leading countries for GHSA ZDAP. The meeting was held to advance logistics planning as well as review the draft Terms of Reference for the ZDAP Coordination Mechanism that will be presented at the event.

June
2017

Capacity Building Support for Preparedness and Response to Epidemics: Training the National Rapid Response Team (NRRT) of Côte d’Ivoire

The West African Health Organization (WAHO) recently held a workshop in Abidjan to train individuals for a Côte d’Ivoire National Rapid Response Team. P&R joined other technical partners to support WAHO in reviewing the training curriculum and co-facilitating the training of National Rapid Response Team (NRRT) with a focus on One Health.

June
2017

Ministerial Representatives Train on Emergency Operating Center (EOC)Principles

In joint collaboration with the National Zoonosis Control Program, USAID-funded P&R held a training workshop in Yaounde on April 20th, 2017 aimed at supporting the government of Cameroon in their efforts to establish Emergency Operation Centers (EOC). The target ministries in attendance included the Animal Health ministry (MINEPIA) Human Health ministry (MINSANTE) and the Territorial Administration (MINATD).

May
2017

Raising Awareness on Outbreak Preparedness at the 6th East African Health and Scientific Conference

On March 29-31, the 6th East African Health and Scientific Conference and International Health Exhibition and Trade Fair was held in Bujumbura, Burundi. The three-day conference fostered cooperation in the development and provision of quality health care through research, field experiences and sharing of data.

May
2017

The Role of Environment in One Health and National Security

The environment plays a crucial role in public health, yet it remains an underutilized partner for health security in most countries. P&R, with our USAID-funded partner project PREDICT, works with country governments to advocate for a stronger role for the environment in health security efforts – particularly to prevent and prepare for endemic, epidemic, pandemic, and other public health threats.

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, which yielded useful information 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.

March
2017

Rwanda – Strengthen Platform One Health Implementation

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 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.

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. 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. 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. Successful advocacy by P&R and USAID with senior decision makers in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare led to the inclusion of a specific line item for the OHS in the Ministry’s new 5-year budget approved in March by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council chaired by the Prime Minister.

March
2017

Lao PDR – Conduct Preparedness and Response Simulations

In March, P&R worked with FAO to support the Government of Lao PDR in organizing and conducting a three-day multisectoral simulation exercise to enhance capacity for rapid response to the threat of H7N9 and H5N1 in northern Lao PDR along the border with China, where H7N9 has been reported. The exercise identified the functional response capacities, gaps in operation/communication, and coordinated response among field teams and EOC at provincial and central levels, in alignment with national policy and SOPs. More than 80 representatives participated, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Livestock, Military, Police, and Rapid Response Teams. P&R contributed financial and technical support for the participation of a multisectoral central government team and central EOC team. Key gaps were identified during the exercise that will need to be addressed to strengthen the capacity for multisectoral rapid response to the threat of H7N9 and H5N1 in these border areas.

March
2017

Vietnam – Support One Health Policy Advocacy

P&R, in collaboration with GDPM, NIHE, DAH, FAO and WHO, conducted two joint field assessments to evaluate Circular 16 implementation in Ha Giang and Quang Nam provinces in March 2017. The field assessments were designed and conducted to identify strengths and weaknesses of current status of collaboration between the animal and human health sectors at the provincial level, and inform recommendations for improving policy implementation nationwide. The findings will be finalized and presented to Government of Vietnam counterparts next quarter.

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