News & Highlights

April
2017

One Health Policy Modeling in Ethiopia

Following a request from the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, P&R developed an Interactive One Health policy modeling tool to generate information on the human, animal and environmental health effects of the massive livestock intensification planned under the country’s Livestock Master and Growth and Transformation plans. The One Health interactive tool was presented to Government of Ethiopia partners, preceded by a hands-on training on the use of the tool.

March
2017

Building Multisectoral Collaboration for Disease Surveillance, Investigation, and Response in Rwanda

In 2014, the government of Rwanda adopted a 2014 – 2018 One Health Strategic Plan that reflects a shared commitment to enhance collaboration between environmental, animal, and human health sectors to address complex health challenges. Better collaboration leads to strengthened surveillance, early detection, rapid response, prevention, and control of zoonotic disease and other infectious disease threats.

March
2017

Key Government Partners Commit to Collaboration for Health Security in Indonesia

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 held in Jakarta. The event, organized by FAO and supported by USAID, 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 multilateral, 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).

February
2017

Planning Before the Next Outbreak in Indonesia

From Jan. 25 – 27, over 80 district and provincial animal and human health, disaster agency, development and planning agency, as well as police officials conducted a simulation exercise in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, to pilot One Health Coordination Guidelines in a non-emergency, or pre-outbreak, situation. Over the past six months, P&R has been supporting the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (PMK-Komnas Zoonosis), in collaboration with FAO, to develop OH Coordination Guidelines to strengthen the provincial multi-sectoral coordination mechanism in both emergency and pre-outbreak situations.

February
2017

Responding to Threat of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in East Africa

On January 2, 2017, numerous dead wild birds were discovered on Uganda’s Lutembe Bay on Lake Victoria. These birds, and others including ducks and chickens identified in the Masaka District on January 13, 2017, tested positive for H5N8, one of the many subtypes of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) found worldwide but detected for the first time in the East Africa subregion.

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 aimed to identify 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 from animal and human health stakeholders participated, including 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. During the exercise participants identified key gaps 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

Sierra Leone – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

P&R provided technical support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in convening a One Health GHSA/IHR Technical Working Group meeting, to discuss the JEE final report for Sierra Leone. The objectives of the meeting were to discuss the report and develop a National Health Security Plan for the country. After series of deliberations the group agreed to develop a concept note for a five-year National Health Security Plan that will encompass all frameworks intended to respond to the gaps highlighted by the JEE report.

February
2017

Uganda – Conduct Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases

P&R worked with CDC, USAID, WHO, and other stakeholders to support the Government of Uganda through the National One Health Platform to successfully organized a workshop to prioritize zoonotic diseases, using the CDC prioritization tool. The prioritization exercise was preceded by a two-day facilitator training on February 28 and March 1, during which 11 local facilitators, including two from Rwanda, went through the five-step prioritization process. The prioritization workshop was attended by 41 participants, including nine voting members and five facilitators; the rest were observers and organizers. After carefully going through the prioritization exercise using the CDC prioritization tool, participants settled on the following zoonoses as the top priorities for Uganda: Anthrax, zoonotic influenza viruses, viral hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola viruses, Marburg, Crimean Congo HF, Rift Valley fever), brucellosis, plague, trypanosomiasis, and rabies.

February
2017

Kenya – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

P&R participated in the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) for Kenya from February 27 to March 3, 2017. The ZDU coordinated the JEE, working closely with WHO, and brought together a broad range of stakeholders including the Ministry of Health; Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries; Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources; Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government; and other partners. The ZDU emphasized the need for strong multisectoral collaboration mechanisms to address IHR issues. The team noted that the ZDU, as the One Health platform for the country, was working well at technical level but observed that there was a need to strengthen it at a political and policy level.

February
2017

Guinea – Develop Organizational Structure

Under the leadership of the director of the New Guinean National Health Security Agency and chair of the GHSA-One Health committee, P&R has been working with the 15 permanent members of the Committee from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Livestock, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Defense, and Police and Security to draft the “Cadre Insitutionnel,” an institutional framework for the governance and operations of the multisectoral GHSA-One Health Committee. A workshop was organized February 24, 2017, to seek comments for members of the committees and other stakeholders on the draft institutional framework. The document is currently being revised and will soon be presented to senior policymakers of the key ministries for buy in to pave the way for the official launch of the GHSA-One Health Platform.

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