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MINISTERIAL REPRESENTATIVES TRAIN ON EMERGENCY OPERATING CENTER (EOC) PRINCIPLES DURING WORKSHOP

June 2017

In joint collaboration with the National Zoonosis Control Program, the USAID-funded P&R project held a training workshop in Yaounde on April 20th, 2017 aimed at supporting the government of Cameroon in their efforts to establish Emergency Operation Centers (EOC). With a focus on One Health, the target ministries in attendance included the Animal Health ministry (MINEPIA) Human Health ministry (MINSANTE) and the Territorial Administration (MINATD).

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Capacity Building Support for Preparedness and Response to Epidemics: Training the National Rapid Response Team (NRRT) of Côte d’Ivoire

June 2017

The West African Health Organization (WAHO) recently held a workshop in Abidjan to train individuals for a Côte d’Ivoire National Rapid Response Team. P&R joined other technical partners to support WAHO in reviewing the training curriculum and co-facilitating the training of National Rapid Response Team (NRRT) with a focus on One Health.

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Uganda Rolls Out One Health Strategy Development Process

June 2017

On May 30, 2017, P&R facilitated a three-day One Health Strategy Development Workshop with the Uganda Zoonotic Disease Coordination Office (ZDCO). The workshop was conducted in response to the need for more well-defined collaborative activities between representatives from the human, animal and environmental health sectors under the Uganda National One Health Platform.

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The Role of Environment in One Health and National Security

May 2017

The environment plays a crucial role in public health, yet it remains an underutilized partner for health security in most countries. P&R, with our USAID-funded partner project PREDICT, works with country governments to advocate for a stronger role for the environment in health security efforts - particularly to prevent and prepare for endemic, epidemic, pandemic, and other public health threats.

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One Health Policy Modeling in Ethiopia

April 2017

Following a request from the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, P&R developed an Interactive One Health policy modeling tool to generate information on the human, animal and environmental health effects of the massive livestock intensification planned under the country’s Livestock Master and Growth and Transformation plans. The One Health interactive tool was presented to Government of Ethiopia partners, preceded by a hands-on training on the use of the tool.

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Key Government Partners Commit to Collaboration for Health Security in Indonesia

March 2017

On March 16, 2017, five government ministries in Indonesia affirmed their commitment to a One Health approach to address health security threats and outlined areas for joint action at a One Health Seminar held in Jakarta. The event, organized by FAO and supported by USAID, convened high-level officials and representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture with the objective of advancing a multilateral, multisectoral One Health approach to the prevention, detection, and response to threats to human and animal health, such as highly pathogenic infectious diseases or anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

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Building Multisectoral Collaboration for Disease Surveillance, Investigation, and Response in Rwanda

March 2017

In 2014, the government of Rwanda adopted a 2014 - 2018 One Health Strategic Plan that reflects a shared commitment to enhance collaboration between environmental, animal, and human health sectors to address complex health challenges. Better collaboration leads to strengthened surveillance, early detection, rapid response, prevention, and control of zoonotic disease and other infectious disease threats.

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Responding to threat of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in East Africa

February 2017

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.

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Planning Before the Next Outbreak in Indonesia

February 2017

From Jan. 25 – 27, over 80 district and provincial animal and human health, disaster agency, development and  planning agency, as well as police officials conducted a simulation exercise in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, to pilot One Health Coordination Guidelines in a non-emergency, or pre-outbreak, situation. Over the past six months, P&R has been supporting the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (PMK-Komnas Zoonosis), in collaboration with FAO, to develop OH Coordination Guidelines to strengthen the provincial multi-sectoral coordination mechanism in both emergency and pre-outbreak situations.

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Responding to Avian Influenza in Bangladesh

February 2017

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).

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Investigating an Anthrax Outbreak in Tanzania

January 2017

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.

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Updating Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness and Response Plans in Liberia

January 2017

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.

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Setting the Agenda for Global Health Security in Lao PDR

January 2017

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.

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Building a One Health Framework in West Africa

December 2016

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.

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From Grassroots Movement to Government Priority - One Health in Bangladesh

December 2016

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.

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Working with the Private Sector in Cameroon

December 2016

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.

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Uganda One Health Day Launch

November 2016

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.

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Thailand One Health Day Conference

November 2016

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. The purpose is both learning- and advocacy-oriented. Additionally, participants will plan for the expansion of One Health at the provincial level in Thailand.

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Strengthening West Africa Collaboration for Epidemic Emergency Rapid Response

September 2016

As part of the efforts to strengthen national and regional mechanisms for surveillance, early warning, preparedness and response to epidemics in West Africa, the West African Health Organization (WAHO), the health arm of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), decided to establish an ECOWAS Regional Rapid Response Team (ERRRT) as one of the main components of the new ECOWAS Regional Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control (ECOWAS/RCDC).

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Planning for Advocacy and Communications in Cameroon

August 2016

While the government of Cameroon adopted a national One Health strategy and a national program for prevention and fight emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases in 2012, competing priorities and staff turnover have raised the need for continued One Health advocacy and communication efforts, especially leveraging Cameroon’s private sector.

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Working Together to Develop One Health in Africa

July 2016

A One Health approach necessitates working across disciplines and across sectors of government. It involves bringing people together—physically or virtually—to share information, collaborate on planning, and coordinate decision-making. The challenge is how to do this as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. To meet this challenge, P&R launched the Facilitation Capacity Building Initiative.

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Moving One Health Forward in Bangladesh

May 2016

This April, P&R, in collaboration with One Health Bangladesh and Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), held a consultative workshop on the operational aspects of One Health institutionalization in Bangladesh. The workshop included 33 participants from government agencies in health, livestock, and environment, as well as other development partners such as USAID, CDC, WHO, FAO and PREDICT-2. Together, they clarified the objectives and process of institutionalizing OH and brainstormed on the nature, composition, staffing, financing, and legal framework of the One Health secretariat.

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Integrating Animal and Human Health Surveillance in Liberia

April 2016

The World Bank will be providing the Government of Liberia with a $30 million line of credit through REDISSE to support animal and human health surveillance, preparedness and response, and laboratory capacity. At the REDISSE Workshop, P&R, in conjunction with PREDICT2, ensured that wildlife and animal health were considered in the planning for new national surveillance systems and that animal health and wildlife professionals would be included as part of Rapid Response Teams.

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Building a Policy and Advocacy Strategy in Kenya

March 2016

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.

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Assessing One Health Surveillance Training in Indonesia

March 2016

In 2014, the USAID-funded RESPOND project conducted training in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, on “Integrated Surveillance Training on Control of Zoonotic Diseases based on One Health Approach.” In February 2016, the P&R team returned to review the results of this training with the provincial government and to learn about an unanticipated positive outcome—participants from North Toraja had established a local One Health platform (KOMDA) on their own.

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Planning Epidemic Response in Cameroon

February 2016

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.

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