News & Highlights

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.

March
2014

Private Sector Planning and Audit Tools for Emerging Infectious Disease

The Preparedness & Response project, with Emerging Pandemic Threats suite partner project PREDICT-2, has published two tools to help the private sector proactively address emerging infectious disease.

December
2016

Bangladesh – Mobilize Technical And Financial Resources

On December 19, P&R supported the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR) in convening a Resource Planning Meeting to identify the resources needed for the initial establishment of the Bangladesh One Health Secretariat (OHS). The meeting brought together 30 representatives of the key government agencies (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Livestock, and Ministry of Environment and Forests) and development partners (FAO, CDC, WHO, UNICEF) supporting One Health. Following the meeting, P&R organized a series of one-on-one advocacy meetings with senior decision makers in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that led to the inclusion of a specific line item for the OHS in the Ministry’s new 5-year budget approved in March by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council chaired by the Prime Minister.

December
2016

Liberia – Review, Update, or Develop National Preparedness and Response Plans

P&R provided technical One Health expertise in the design and organization of a Ministry of Internal Affairs workshop, funded by the United Nation Mission in Liberia, that brought together more than 80 representatives from 15 counties to upgrade existing county Ebola virus disease preparedness and response plans.

November
2016

Mali – Organize One Health Sensitization

P&R worked with a core team of designated participants to familiarize them with the One Health approach and to assist them in preparing a country One Health action plan and talking points for the One Health Technical and Ministerial Meetings held November 7-11, 2016, in Dakar, Senegal. In preparation for the Dakar meetings, P&R also assisted the Government of Mali to update its zoonotic disease prevention and control policy taking into consideration the One Health approach and GHSA.

November
2016

Cameroon – Support One Health Policy Advocacy

Following the development of a One Health advocacy and communication action plan in August 2016, P&R continued to provide technical assistance to the NPPFERZD finalize, endorse, and implement the plan in order to enhance and consolidate support of the One Health approach by the government and all stakeholders. In November 2016, the project facilitated the final review and editing of the plan with members of the technical committee and the permanent secretariat of the NPPFERZD.

November
2016

Guinea – Facilitate Multistakeholder Coordination Meetings

The Ministries of Health, Livestock, Environment, and Higher Education and Research have officially nominated their representatives to form the GHSA Technical Committee. P&R provided technical support to the GHSA technical committee for the development of a consolidated GHSA five-year operational plan, which will be shared with all GHSA stakeholders in the country. The plan will be used to monitor the implementation of GHSA activities in Guinea.

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