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.
An earlier pilot of the Coordination Guidelines in an emergency situation was conducted with 30 provincial and district officials from December 19 – 21, 2016 in Pekanbaru, Riau.
“[This roll-out of the One Health Coordination Guidelines] is intended to highlight how critical rapid, accurate and effective coordinated action is,” said Dr. Naalih Kelsum, MPH, Assistant Deputy for Diseases Prevention and Respond, Ministry of Human Development and Cultural Affairs, during his opening remarks. “It’s critical for the prevention and response in the emergency pandemic situation – both at national and sub-national levels.”
Drawing on the lessons learned from these two pilots, the OH Coordination Guidelines will be finalized and presented for governmental endorsement for nationwide implementation by mid-2017. Following governmental endorsement, P&R will work with key One Health stakeholders in country to expand implementation of these guidelines among animal health, human health and environmental officials, at the national level and across Indonesia’s 34 provinces. Standardized and sustained effective coordination and communications mechanisms are key for not only responding to, but also preventing, future outbreaks of recurring or emerging infectious diseases that negatively impact human health and livelihoods.