News & Highlights

December
2016

From Grassroots Movement to Government Priority – One Health in Bangladesh

In population-dense Bangladesh, infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, such as avian influenza, pose a serious public health threat. Environmental stress and a rapidly expanding livestock industry compound the threat, putting people’s health and livelihoods at risk.As in many countries, officials and technical experts involved in addressing disease outbreaks are dispersed across human, veterinary, agriculture, environment and wildlife health sectors.

December
2016

Working with the Private Sector in Cameroon

Cameroon’s National Program for the Prevention and Fight against Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases (NPPFERZD) is using the Africa Women Cup of Nations, with its final on Saturday, as a catalytic event to strengthen public-private collaboration on preparedness and response to public health threats.

December
2016

Building a One Health Framework in West Africa

In November 2016, USAID co-sponsored One Health Technical and Ministerial Meetings in Dakar, with the West African Health Organization (WAHO) arm of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE). The goal of the workshop was to foster the institutionalization and the ownership of the One Health approach in all participating West African countries to improve regional prevention, detection and response to emerging infectious diseases.

November
2016

Thailand One Health Day Conference

P&R has organized the Thailand One Health Day Conference 2016, an opportunity to share information and exchange best practices among Thailand One Health leaders and practitioners. The conference is being co-convened with the eight organizations party to the One Health MOU in Thailand.

November
2016

Uganda One Health Day Launch

On November 3, 2016, during the first ever Global One Health day, the government of Uganda in collaboration with the U.S. Government officially launched a National One Health Platform to formalize collaboration among four key government sectors (the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Water and Environment and Uganda Wildlife Authority) in the implementation of the One Health Approach – a proactive, innovative strategy to prevent, detect and respond to existing and emerging pandemic threats.

May
2017

Côte d’Ivoire – Strengthen Health Security Interventions

On May 4-12, 2017, P&R provided technical support to a workshop organized by West African Health Organization (WAHO) to mobilize and train a Côte d’Ivoire Rapid Response Team (RRT). P&R reviewed the RRT Training Curriculum and co-facilitated the training of National Rapid Response Team (NRRT) in Cote d’Ivoire.

This collaborative work with WAHO follows on successful support in September 2016 in Accra, Ghana to prepare and conduct the Team Building Workshop for the ECOWAS Regional Rapid Response Team (ERRT).

During the training session on the One Health approach, P&R stressed the importance of the approach and discussed efforts for the institutionalization of One Health with the establishment of platforms in Africa and Asia.

P&R also presented several examples of benefits for multisectoral teams in the prevention and response to public health threats.

The training of the NRRT of Côte d’Ivoire was used as a test, and the lessons learned will help adjust materials for training other country NRRTs.

April
2017

Guinea – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

From April 24-28, 2017, the Government of Guinea conducted its first Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess its capacity and progress towards the fulfillment of the International Health Regulations (IHR).

The country identified strengths and weaknesses, and discussions allowed to layout areas for improvement and priority actions. Particular attention was paid to the identification of priority interventions that are the basis for planning in the country.

During this quarter, P&R conducted a series of consultative meeting with the key One Health stakeholders to conduct the JEE. Since November 2016, P&R has engaged with WHO, USAID, CDC to support the government of Guinea in its IHR evaluation process.

April
2017

Guinea – Facilitate Multi Stakeholder Meetings

From April 24-28, 2017, the Government of Guinea conducted its first Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess its capacity and progress towards the fulfillment of the International Health Regulations (IHR). The country identified strengths and weaknesses, and discussions allowed to layout areas for improvement and priority actions. Particular attention was paid to the identification of priority interventions that are the basis for planning in the country.

During this quarter, P&R conducted a series of consultative meeting with the key One Health stakeholders to conduct the JEE. Since November 2016, P&R has engaged with WHO, USAID, CDC to support the government of Guinea in its IHR evaluation process.

April
2017

Tanzania-Support One Health Policy Advocacy

On April 24 – 26, 2017, P&R provided technical and logistical assistance to the Tanzania One Health Coordination Unit (OHCU) to organize and conduct a One Health policy and advocacy workshop in Dar Es Salaam. At the workshop, participants agreed on the following actions as next steps: a) form working groups that will spearhead the development of policy advocacy action plan; b) conduct an analysis of the existing policies and regulations to identify the gaps to be addressed in order to embrace One Health; and c) develop the One Health advocacy and communication strategy. More than 25 participants including officials of the OHCU, members of the multi-sectoral One Health technical working groups, and other government representatives attended the workshop.

Participants also identified top priority areas for policy advocacy, through small group discussions. Some of the options included cross-sectoral surveillance, joint research, human resource development, funding, and diagnostics. In review, participants identified the establishment of multi-sectoral working groups and surveillance as top priority areas of focus.

April
2017

Cameroon – Strengthen Health Security Interventions

On April 20 – 21, 2017, the National Program for Prevention and Fight of Zoonoses (Cameroon’s One Health platform), with P&R support, organized a training workshop on basic operating principles of Emergency Operation Centers (EOC), to identify key elements to develop and operationalize an EOC multi-sectoral technical and institutional framework.

At the end of the workshop, representatives of the key ministries set up a working group to follow up on finalizing the development of an institutional and technical framework for multisectoral EOCs. P&R was requested by the participants to support this working group, in order to complete the framework formulation by July 2017.

The workshop reached a total of 40 participants, representing ministries in charge of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, Public Health, Forestry and Wildlife, Scientific Research and Innovation, Administration and Decentralization/In charge of Disaster Management, Posts and Telecommunication, as well as the EOC experts from CDC, WHO, FAO-ECTAD, One Health Workforce (OHW) and PREDICT-2, projects, and USAID.

Specific details included an overview of the operation of Health Emergencies, its management of Public Health and Animal Health (an example of the FAO Animal Crisis Management Center), the relationship between the EOC and the International Health Regulations (IHR), the activation and deactivation of an EOC and the importance of collaboration between EOCs for better prevention, detection and response to public health events of known and unknown etiology. A case study on the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza epidemic that broke out in Cameroon in May 2016 was used as reference for better understanding the purpose, functions and roles of the EOC before, during and after an outbreak.

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