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.)