News & Highlights

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.

August
2017

Indonesia Holds EPT-2 Strategic Partners Meeting

USAID Indonesia held a series of consultation meetings alongside EPT 2 partners, and diverse government stakeholders from July 17-19, 2017. The three day meeting was designed to highlight the EPT 2 program’s achievements, plans and challenges in Indonesia.

August
2017

Liberia Launches Second One Health Platform in West Africa

To promote multisectoral collaboration and coordination in preventing, detecting, and responding to public health threats, P&R recently organized and facilitated a two-day One Health Ministerial Retreat in joint collaboration with national partners in Liberia.

June
2017

Vietnam – Strengthening Platform Operations

From June 28-29, P&R collaborated with the One Health Partnership of Vietnam to provide technical and logistical assistance for an initial self-assessment of the capacity and performance of Viehttp://preparednessandresponse.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=950&action=edit#tnam’s national One Health platform. Through this process, participants established a first baseline measure of platform capacity and performance – a critical step in assessing and advancing platform strength to respond to infectious zoonoses and potential zoonoses. Priority actions for strengthening the platform were also identified.

Around 20 representatives from the One Health Partnership, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Ministry of Environment and Forestry participated in the participatory evaluation process.

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.

June
2017

Rwanda – Conduct Prioritization of Zoonotic Diseases

On June 20 – 21, 2017, P&R worked with USAID and CDC to support the government of Rwanda through National One Health Steering Committee to plan and organize a One Health zoonotic disease prioritization exercise, using the CDC prioritization tool. The workshop focused on applying a multisectoral One Health approach in identifying Rwanda’s top priority endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases of major public health concern, which require joint intervention by human, animal and environmental health sectors in order to prevent and mitigate disease outbreaks. A wide cross-section of participants were drawn from government ministries and academic institutions: Ministry of Health/Rwanda Biomedical Center; Ministry of Agriculture/Rwanda Agriculture Board; Rwanda Environment Authority; Rwanda Development Board; Rwanda National Police; Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration; University of Rwanda (College of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine); and the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugee Affairs. International partners such as CDC, USAID, World Health Organization (WHO), PREDICT-2, One Health Workforce (OHW) and the private sector also participated.

Out of 32 zoonotic diseases, the following six diseases/disease categories were identified as the top priorities for Rwanda: 1) Viral Hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Marburg, Yellow Fever and Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF); 2) High Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI); 3) Rift Valley Fever; 4) Brucellosis; 5) Human Sleeping sickness; 6) Rabies.

P&R also contributed by facilitating the participation of two Rwandan professionals, one from the Rwanda Agriculture board (RAB) Ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources and the other from University of Rwanda – School of Animal Resources and Veterinary Medicine, to attend a two-day training of facilitators workshop conducted by CDC.

June
2017

Sierra Leone- Launch Platform

On June 23, P&R supported the Government of Sierra Leone in the launch of their One Health Platform, presided over by the Honorable Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh, Vice President of Sierra Leone, at a half-day event in Freetown. The Vice President was joined the Ministry of Health and Sanitation; the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Office of National Security.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency officially launched the platform, to be chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo. The platform represents a milestone in the Sierra Leone Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) roadmap, creates momentum for multisectoral coordination and collaboration on the institutionalization of One Health, and underscores the commitment of the Government of Sierra Leone to better address public health threats.

June
2017

Sierra Leone – Launch Platform

On June 23, P&R supported the Government of Sierra Leone in the launch of their One Health Platform, presided over by the Honorable Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh, Vice President of Sierra Leone, at a half-day event in Freetown.

The Vice President was joined the Ministry of Health and Sanitation; the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Office of National Security.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency officially launched the platform, to be chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo. The platform represents a milestone in the Sierra Leone Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) roadmap, creates momentum for multisectoral coordination and collaboration on the institutionalization of One Health, and underscores the commitment of the Government of Sierra Leone to better address public health threats.

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