News & Highlights

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.

February
2017

Responding to Avian Influenza in Bangladesh

On Jan 15, a poultry die-off was observed on a poultry farm in Dhamrai subdistrict near Dhaka, Bangladesh, and reported by local farmers to the Department of Livestock Services. An investigation confirmed 732 deaths among a flock of 3000 chickens and lab testing confirmed contamination with H5N1 virus, a subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

January
2017

Updating Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness and Response Plans in Liberia

Frequently, emerging pandemic threats begin as local public health events (PHE). A PHE is an occurence that results in serious illness, has the capacity to spread, and requires a coordinated response. Without a coordinated response, critical delays occur in detection, reporting, investigation, and testing.

January
2017

Investigating an Anthrax Outbreak in Tanzania

Following a 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 multi-sectoral investigation of an Anthrax outbreak in Arusha, Tanzania. Anthrax is one of the key zoonotic diseases for which cross-sectoral collaboration among animal, human and environmental health sectors is both feasible and essential for effective prevention and control. P&R’s technical support was designed to facilitate the nascent One Health Coordination Unit (OHCU) to lead multi-sectoral coordination exercises.

January
2017

Setting the Agenda for Global Health Security in Lao PDR

As part of USAID’s support for the US Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), P&R is providing ongoing technical assistance in the development and implementation of the National GHSA Roadmap – which sets key targets for 2021 across different action packages, including countering antimicrobial resistance, strengthening surveillance, establishing emergency operations centers, expanding a skilled global health security workforce, and building a whole-of-government approach to biosafety and biosecurity.

May
2017

Tanzania – Facilitate Multistakeholder Meetings

On May 8-9, 2017, P&R, in collaboration with the One Health Coordination Unit (OHCU), the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) and Southern African Center for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (SACIDS) organized a joint meeting of the platform and One Health Networks in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The top three recommendations among others were: a) government to work together with stakeholders to fully operationalize the OHCU primarily within the structure of the Office of the Prime Minister or the proposed Disaster Management Agency. Members also called for an official launch of the Unit as part of the efforts to solicit more robust buy-in and facilitate full operationalization of the unit; b) develop an operational framework for the platform organs including OHCU, TWGs, the steering committee and disease-specific communities of practice, including their terms of reference and, c) establish communication mechanisms between the networks and the coordination unit, including Research and Development systems and academia with line ministries in order to support sharing of information and promote use of research evidences in national health programs/initiatives.

The meeting focused on: a) sharing experiences on One Health concepts and practices; b) promoting and sharing of knowledge and information between NOHP and the networks and avoiding duplications; c) aligning One Health networks with national efforts in implementing the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and; d) brainstorming on matters related to resource mobilization to support One Health activities in Tanzania. During the workshop, the OHCU highlighted progress made in the implementation of the One Health strategic plan since the Unit was established, while One Health Networks provided updates on the activities and their contributions to national One Health priorities. In addition, participants discussed capacity gaps and solutions to prevent, detect and respond to emerging pandemic threats in the country using one health approaches, i.e. how networks can contribute to achievement of government’s One Health priorities.

The meeting was attended by participants from the OHCU, OHCEA, SACIDS, Afrique One, PREDICT, GARP-TZ, AFENET and members of the National multi-sectoral Research and Development Technical Working Group (with members from Ministries, CDC, research and academic institutions and regulatory authorities such as Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology.)

May
2017

Bangladesh – Strenghtening Platform Operations

From May 8-9, 2017, P&R supported the One Health platform completion of an initial self-assessment of the platform capacity and performance. This exercise, which P&R calls the Planning for Performance or “P4P” process, was hosted by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka. Approximately 15 representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, and Ministry of Environment and Forests actively participated in the rigorous and participatory evaluation process. Representatives from USAID, CDC, WHO, FAO also attended. 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.

May
2017

Tanzania- Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Coordination Meetings

On May 8-9, 2017, P&R, in collaboration with the One Health Coordination Unit (OHCU), the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) and Southern African Center for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (SACIDS) organized a joint meeting of the platform and One Health Networks in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The top three recommendations among others were: a) government to work together with stakeholders to fully operationalize the OHCU primarily within the structure of the Office of the Prime Minister or the proposed Disaster Management Agency. Members also called for an official launch of the Unit as part of the efforts to solicit more robust buy-in and facilitate full operationalization of the unit; b) develop an operational framework for the platform organs including OHCU, TWGs, the steering committee and disease-specific communities of practice, including their terms of reference and, c) establish communication mechanisms between the networks and the coordination unit, including Research and Development systems and academia with line ministries in order to support sharing of information and promote use of research evidences in national health programs/initiatives.

The meeting focused on: a) sharing experiences on One Health concepts and practices; b) promoting and sharing of knowledge and information between NOHP and the networks and avoiding duplications; c) aligning One Health networks with national efforts in implementing the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and; d) brainstorming on matters related to resource mobilization to support One Health activities in Tanzania. During the workshop, the OHCU highlighted progress made in the implementation of the One Health strategic plan since the Unit was established, while One Health Networks provided updates on the activities and their contributions to national One Health priorities. In addition, participants discussed capacity gaps and solutions to prevent, detect and respond to emerging pandemic threats in the country using one health approaches, i.e. how networks can contribute to achievement of government’s One Health priorities.

The meeting was attended by participants from the OHCU, OHCEA, SACIDS, Afrique One, PREDICT, GARP-TZ, AFENET and members of the National multi-sectoral Research and Development Technical Working Group (with members from Ministries, CDC, research and academic institutions and regulatory authorities such as Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology.)

May
2017

Bangladesh- Strenghten Platform Operations

From May 8-9, 2017, P&R supported the One Health platform completion of an initial self-assessment of the platform capacity and performance. The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka hosted this exercise, which P&R calls the Planning for Performance process. Approximately 15 representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, and Ministry of Environment and Forests actively participated in the rigorous and participatory evaluation process. Representatives from USAID, CDC, WHO, FAO also attended. 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.

May
2017

Uganda – Engage Private Sector Stakeholders

Following the meeting held with the One Health platform on May 16, 2017, P&R identified and visited with key private sector entities in Uganda. The project compiled a list of private sector organizations categorized by the nature of business, location, and relevance to disease prevention and control: 19 ecological/ environmental bodies; nine poultry companies; eight beef production companies; seven tourism organizations; and four associations representing targeted sectors. In the One Health platform held on May 16, the government of Uganda has identified collaboration with the private sector as essential in prevention and control of disease outbreaks. When outbreaks occur, businesses are interrupted by drastic measures like quarantines, bans on exports and loss of workers.

P&R conducting briefings with management of the respective ecotourism, poultry, and beef production firms, identifying areas of collaboration, roles and responsibilities, and expected contributions to the One Health Platform of the targeted sectors.

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