News & Highlights

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.

July
2017

Liberia and Sierra Leone Launch One Health Platforms

In June, P&R organized and launched the first One Health platforms in West Africa. The platform launches are the result of the continuous P&R, USAID, and EPT-2 support in West Africa to the One Health approach – through technical guidance, multistakeholder facilitation, and collaborative institutional capacity building – since 2015.

July
2017

Uganda Rolls Out One Health Strategy Development Process

On May 30 – June 1, 2017, P&R facilitated a three-day One Health Strategy Development Workshop with the Uganda Zoonotic Disease Coordination Office (ZDCO). The workshop was conducted in response to the need for more well-defined collaborative activities between representatives from the human, animal and environmental health sectors under the Uganda National One Health Platform.
Representatives discussed key challenges like human resources and internal coordination within ministries. In the ongoing effort to advance One Health, partners and stakeholders emphasized the importance of continued commitment and support to strengthen coordination and collaboration across sectors, agencies, and geographic borders.

July
2017

Uganda Assesses Outbreak Preparedness Through JEE Exercise

Uganda recently held a Joint External Evaluation Exercise to assess its capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats. P&R was present to provide technical assistance throughout the 5-day event which was organized in close collaboration with One Health government sectors and partners including, WHO, CDC, and USAID.

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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