News & Highlights

December
2017

Mali Prioritizes Diseases

In October 2014, WHO was notified of a laboratory-confirmed case of the Ebola virus in Mali. Though the country was able to curtail the spread and adequately respond to the threat, emerging or re-emerging zoonotic diseases continue to pose a threat to human and animal health. National representatives of Mali, in understanding the impact of these diseases, held a Zoonotic Diseases Prioritization workshop as one of the first key measures in addressing the threats.

December
2017

Sierra Leone Identifies Priority Diseases

On November 17-18, 2017 Sierra Leone held its first One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization (OH-ZDP) Exercise with support from P&R. Using a multisectoral One Health tool, priority endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases were identified in Sierra Leone. Representatives from the country’s human, animal, and environmental health ministries were present for this two-day exercise.

November
2017

Q&A with P&R’s Susan Scribner: Preparedness, Response, and Global Health Security

We cannot afford to just respond to pandemic threats anymore; we need to be proactive about preventing them. That means working to improve country government systems and planning for preparedness and response, which is where P&R sits. By focusing on systems and planning, the P&R program helps bridge the gap between traditional health-systems strengthening activities and specific global health security needs.

November
2017

Laos Holds First EPT2 Partners Meeting

On November 7, P&R coordinated the first EPT2 Partners Meeting with the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, GOL. The meeting took place in Vientiane and was attended by 23 participants including representatives from the Department of Communicable Disease Control, National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE), USAID, FAO, WHO, and P&R. Focal points of this meeting also included harmonizing activities across projects to further integrate the EPT2 program in Laos.

November
2017

P&R Celebrates One Health Day 2017 with Half-Day Symposium

On the second annual International One Health Day, P&R, in collaboration with the GWU Student One Health club hosted a half-day symposium titled, “Emerging Pandemic Threats – One Health in Practice.”

August
2017

Indonesia – Strengthen Health Security Interventions

From August 14 – 15, 2017, P&R provided technical and logistical support for the organization of a workshop to finalize the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the newly operational Emerging Infectious Disease Information System (SIZE). SIZE is an integrated early warning and risk mapping database system for shared usage among five ministries – the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture, National Disaster Agency and Ministry of Home Affairs, for data entry, analysis and reporting. The SIZE MOU, which is the basis for operationalizing the system, will be officially agreed and approved early next quarter.

July
2017

Uganda – Strengthen Platform Operations

On July 26-27, 2017, P&R provided technical and logistical assistance to the Uganda One Health Platform to organize and conduct a Planning for Performance (P4P) workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to assess the capacity and performance of the Uganda National One Health Platform in a participatory manner, to inform capacity development interventions and technical assistance.

Through a facilitated participatory process using the P&R P4P tool, participants assessed various categories of the NOHP organizational capacity and performance. Following the assessment, participants were asked to work in 5 groups to prioritize 10 sub categories they wanted to work on based on the capacity and performance assessment. The groups then shared the priority areas identified. Following the prioritization, participants sequenced the proposed actions and developed the platform’s 12-month action plan.

The workshop was attended by 39 participants comprised of members of the National One health Platform, representatives from USAID and EPT2 Partners. The participants from the One health platform were drawn from Government agencies such as; Ministries of Health, Water and Environment, and Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries. Other agencies represented were Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Veterinary Association, and Makerere University/COVAB. The representatives of USAID and EPT2 partners were invited to play an observer role that involved observing workshop proceedings to share real-time insights with facilitators to improve inclusivity of the process and ownership of the results.

Organizational capacity categories assessed included the structure; terms of reference and memorandum of understanding; leadership; composition of the platform; communication and information exchange; monitoring and evaluation and funding sources. The organizational performance areas included engaging stakeholders; coordinating and collaborating; advocating for One Health to decision /policy makers; joint planning; facilitating data collection, analysis and use in decision making and mobilizing & optimizing resources.

A total of 17 priority areas were identified. Each individual was asked to select 5 priority areas. The top 10 priorities were then selected and these would form the basis for the platform annual plan. These included; stakeholder mapping and analysis and establishing a mechanism for data sharing and analysis; developing One Health policy with clear structure; advocate line ministries to integrate One Health; developing a monitoring and evaluation plan and budget; developing a communication strategy; integrating multisectoral participation for all sectors; joint work planning; integrating surveillance systems; developing a external communication policy and plan; and developing a preparedness and response plan.

July
2017

Cameroon – Review, Update, or Develop National One Health Strategic Plans

Over the course of three meetings with the Minister of Public Health (MINSANTE) and officials of the Directorate of the Fight against Disease, Epidemics and the Pandemics, the MINSANTE gave its agreement for the first workshop of validation of the new One Health national strategy in Cameroon.

July
2017

Sierra Leone- Conduct Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases

In July, P&R Participated in preparatory meetings for the One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Exercise. Initially planned for late July 2017, the workshop has been postponed due to the mudslide disaster, on August 14, 2017.

P&R provided technical assistance to Dr. Sarian Kamara of the Ministry of Health, and Mr. Sorie Kamara of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forests, to develop a presentation on the progress of One Health in Sierra Leone for an international conference on zoonotic disease capacity in August 21-23, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Returning from the conference, Dr Kamara recommitted to moving forward with zoonotic disease prioritization before the end of October.

July
2017

Uganda – Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Coordination Meetings

On July 20, 2017, P&R organized and facilitated a stakeholder meeting, following the visits conducted among private sector business entities in June 2017. The meeting was attended by approximately 30 participants from the government NOHP, private sector associations and individual businesses and discussed their potential roles and responsibilities in disease and other public health events. Development of the One Health Strategic plan was also discussed and participants were requested to contribute towards its finalization and launch scheduled in October 2017.

The One Health Platform pledged commitment to support the private sector by inviting their representatives to participate in respective One Health activities, and to closely follow implementation of the proposed recommendations.
In order to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sector, the following recommendations were made; a) improved communication between government and private sector entities especially during and after outbreaks; b) preparation and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide working relationship with government before, during and after an outbreak; c) submission of a request government to address private sector compensation issues; d) addition of key private sector representatives on the subcommittee of OH Technical Working Group for the NOHP; and e) appointment of relevant representatives to the National Task Force during disease outbreaks.

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