News & Highlights

October
2017

Liberia Holds First One Health Coordination Platform Meeting

Following the successful launch of Liberia’s One Health Platform in June, P&R supported Liberia’s first One Health Coordination Platform meeting on October 9, 2017. The meeting held to update partners on the progresses and challenges of implementing a One Health approach in Liberia.

October
2017

Rwanda Validates Institutional Framework and Terms of Reference

In an effort to authenticate and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Rwanda One Health platform, P&R recently supported a validation workshop in joint collaboration with the country’s One Health Steering Committee, OHSC.

September
2017

3rd International GHSA ZDAP Conference Held In Vietnam

The 3rd International Zoonotic Disease Action Package, ZDAP conference was held from the 29th-30th of August in Vietnam with a theme of strengthening cooperation and sharing effective One Health approaches.

September
2017

Guinea Implements REDISSE Using One Health Approach

On July 28, 2017, the World Bank organized an Inter-Ministerial meeting in collaboration with P&R to review the use of the One Health approach for the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement project, REDISSE. Representatives from various ministries were present alongside USAID and EPT2 partners in this meeting designed to engage the Guinean government for stronger commitment in institutionalizing their National One Health Platform.

August
2017

Bangladesh Prioritizes Diseases

On July 12 -13, 2017, the newly established One Health Secretariat in Bangladesh organized a One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Workshop with support from USAID-funded P&R and the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

July
2017

Indonesia – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

From July 17-19, 2017, P&R helped organize a series of consultations with EPT 2 partners and diverse government stakeholder representatives from the Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Cultural Affairs (Kemenko PMK), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF), national disaster management agency (BNPB) and others, to highlight the achievements, plans, challenges, and future for the EPT 2 program in Indonesia. Held annually, the EPT 2 Strategic Planning Meeting is a critical opportunity to raise awareness of the program’s progress and impact and ensure the program’s alignment among partners and with the Government of Indonesia’s priorities.

Useful feedback was collected to inform the future of the program both in terms of technical aspects as well as approaches to communication and advocacy within Indonesia.

July
2017

Bangladesh – Conduct Zoonotic Disease Prioritization

P&R provided technical support with the US CDC and One Health Secretariat of Bangladesh to organize a One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Workshop in Dhaka from July 12 – 13, 2017. About 35 participants from diverse stakeholders, including voting members from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, and Ministry of Environment and Forests, participated in the US CDC-designed process for prioritization.

The resulting six priority zoonotic diseases include rabies, zoonotic influenza, anthrax, zoonotic tuberculosis, nipah, and brucellosis. In addition to an updated list of priority diseases, representatives from three line ministries also received training to build capacity in implementing the disease prioritization process going forward.

July
2017

Vietnam-Strengthen Platform One Health Implementation

P&R supported the One Health Partnership of Vietnam to convene 80 One Health stakeholder representatives in Hanoi for the official “Meeting on Strengthening One Health Cooperation in Vietnam, In Line with the National One Health Strategic Plan 2016-2020” on July 12, 2017. Jointly chaired by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and USAID Vietnam, the meeting presented the goal and objectives of the new five-year plan and sought to affirm support from development partners in its operationalization. The plan is closely aligned with national commitments under international and regional initiatives, including IHR, APSED, and GHSA, to strengthen national capacity to reduce health and other impacts of zoonotic disease.

July
2017

Vietnam- Strengthen Platform One Health Implementation

P&R supported the One Health Partnership of Vietnam to convene 80 One Health stakeholder representatives in Hanoi for the official “Meeting on Strengthening One Health Cooperation in Vietnam, In Line with the National One Health Strategic Plan 2016-2020” on July 12, 2017. Jointly chaired by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and USAID Vietnam, the meeting presented the goal and objectives of the new five-year plan and sought to affirm support from development partners in its operationalization. The plan is closely aligned with national commitments under international and regional initiatives, including IHR, APSED, and GHSA, to strengthen national capacity to reduce health and other impacts of zoonotic disease.

June
2017

Tanzania – Strengthening Platform Operations

From June 27-28, 2017, P&R supported the One Health platform’s completion of an initial self-assessment of platform capacity and performance. This exercise, which P&R calls the Planning for Performance or “P4P” process, establishes the first baseline measure of capacity and performance of the One Health Coordination Unit – a critical step in assessing and advancing platform strength to respond to emerging disease threats. Following the self-assessment, participants agreed on the following top ten priority areas for interventions and capacity building: resource mobilization; endorsement of the structure and terms of reference; monitoring and evaluation; data sharing, review and analysis; outbreak after action reviews; work planning; internal communication; multi-sectoral preparedness and response planning; sub-national coordination and interaction; and official review of foundational documents such as the MOU.

The workshop was opened and closed by Deputy Director of Planning and Standards in the Department of Disaster Management, Prime Minister’s Office; 29 people from government ministries, regulatory bodies, academia and non-governmental organizations attended. Organizations represented included: the Prime Minister’s Office; the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism; the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute; the National Environment Management Council; the Sokoine University of Agriculture; the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology; the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences; and the Muhimbili University of Science and Allied Sciences.

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