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Rwanda Prioritizes Zoonotic Diseases

July 2017

P&R worked closely with USAID and the CDC to support Rwanda’s National One Health Steering Committee in planning and organizing a One Health Zoonotic Disease prioritization workshop that took place on June 20-21, 2017. The two-day exercise engaged several stakeholders and representatives from the animal, human, and environment sectors in applying a multi-sectoral One Health approach to identifying Rwanda’s priority endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases.

Using the CDC prioritization tool, Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI), Rift Valley Fever, Brucellosis, Human Sleeping sickness, Rabies and Viral Hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Marburg, Yellow Fever and Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) were all identified as major public health threats in Rwanda.

Attendees discussed the need for joint interventions by the human, animal and environmental health ministries to prevent and mitigate disease outbreak in the country. P&R, alongside key participants and 12 voting members from the lead OH sectors, developed a 5-criteria key for the prioritizing the zoonotic diseases. The criteria included assessments of disease severity and epidemic, pandemic & bioterrorism potential.

At the conclusion of this two-day workshop in Rubavu, participants identified and agreed on key areas of improvement in strengthening multisector engagements, surveillance, detection, prevention and control strategies against Rwanda’s One Health priority zoonotic diseases

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One Health Technical Advisor, Rwanda
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