News & Highlights

March
2016

Building a Policy and Advocacy Strategy in Kenya

In 2006-2007, an outbreak of Rift Valley fever in East Africa killed approximately 500 people and infected more than 200,000. In Kenya alone, the outbreak cost $32 million in livestock losses and international export bans, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Now, another outbreak appears possible this year due to extreme rainfall from El Niño.

February
2016

Planning Epidemic Response in Cameroon

Finding ways to work together is crucial to Cameroon, a country at high risk for zoonotic disease emergence and re-emergence because of its range of human-animal-environmental interactions. Cameroon has endured a fatal outbreak of anthrax in great apes (gorillas and chimpanzees) in late 2004 and early 2005 in the Dja Biosphere Reserve; and three wild bird H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in the north. P&R is working with Cameroon’s One Health Platform—the National Zoonotic Program (NZP)–to operationalize multisectoral responses to these threats, helping Cameroon become a leader of One Health in Central Africa.

February
2016

Strengthening Regional Capability by Engaging the East African Community Secretariat

On January 21st and 22nd, USAID P&R Africa Regional Deputy Director Serge Nzietcheung and USAID EPT-2 East Africa Advisor Lisa Kramer had a first engagement meeting with representatives of Human Health and Agriculture sectors at the East African Community Secretariat (EAC) at Arusha, Tanzania.

December
2015

Discussing Challenges and Results at Central and East Africa’s One Health Conference

In 2006, Dr. Monica Musenero, now Assistant Commissioner of Epidemiology and Surveillance for the Ministry of Health in Uganda, was at the forefront of the global H5N1 pandemic crisis. She had recently been recruited as project manager of USAID’s H5N1 response program, and was tasked with pulling together a team of specialists to respond to it.

April
2015

Hosting Country Government Representatives for International One Health Workshop

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Preparedness and Response (P&R) project brought together 30 representatives from 10 countries to learn what the project and its partners are doing to build national and regional One Health capacity to emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases.

January
2017

Liberia – Mobilize Technical and Financial Resources

P&R has provided One Health expertise to the Government of Liberia in its negotiation of the World Bank-funded Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) project, including technical inputs into REDISSE work plan, procurement plan, budget, etc. To avoid duplication of activities with EPT-2 partners and to better leverage the REDISSE resources for One Health, a meeting was hosted at the EOC with MOH, MOA, World Bank, USAID, and P&R to review documents on REDISSE before submission for the formal signing of the agreement.

January
2017

Tanzania – Provide Technical Assistance for Outbreak Response

Following the request from the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and Elderly, P&R provided technical support, coordination, and facilitation of a multisectoral investigation of an Anthrax outbreak in Arusha. One Health sectors jointly planned, carried out field investigations and made recommendations to the national taskforce. P&R focused on providing technical advice in management approach, facilitating planning meetings, supporting travel to the field, and facilitating documentation on response. The outbreak investigation identified salient risk factors, impacts, and potential interventions for the development of a long-term preparedness and response plan for the country.

January
2017

Uganda – Provide Technical Assistance for Outbreak Response

In response to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the country, P&R: 1) provided technical guidance to the National Task Force (NTF) and proposed a way forward in response activities; 2) reviewed the draft Joint Emergency Response plan and budget; 3) drafted a joint Cabinet Memorandum and press releases in collaboration with members of the NTF; 4) reviewed and updated existing Avian Influenza Communication Strategy documents and IEC materials in English and local languages; and 5) provided information and data on the outbreak during a video conference call with the East African Community at the World Bank office in Kampala. Going forward, P&R will continue to provide essential technical support to the ZDCO, the Government of Uganda, and multi-lateral partners.

January
2017

Sierra Leone – Mobilize Technical and Financial Resources:

P&R has provided One Health expertise to the Government of Sierra Leone in its negotiation of the World Bank-funded Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) project, including technical inputs into the REDISSE work plan, procurement plan, budget, etc.

December
2016

Lao PDR – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

P&R is providing technical and financial support to the Government of Lao PDR for the development of a National Five-Year GHSA Roadmap and GHSA package planning. In December, P&R helped the Ministry of Health Department of Communicable Disease Control and Ministry and Agriculture Department of Livestock to design and organize a two-day workshop where more than 80 representatives from government agencies and international organizations worked collaboratively to form an initial National Five-Year GHSA/IHR Roadmap, setting key targets for 2021 across 19 different packages. In collaboration with WHO and FAO, P&R is coordinating the finalization of Lao

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