Tanzania Prime Minister Launches One Health Platform and Strategic Plan
On Tuesday, February 13, the Prime Minister of Tanzania, the Honorable Kassim Majaliwa, formally launched the One Health platform and strategic plan, both developed with support from P&R. The event included the keynote address from the Prime Minister, with remarks from Minister of Health, the Assistant Minister of Livestock and fisheries, and many more. The U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Tanzania, Jay Zimmerman, represented the U.S. and the embassy, with support from the USAID Director of Health and the director of the CDC in Tanzania, among others.
“Tanzania is committed to achieving all of the health security capacities,” said Hon. Majaliwa in his opening remarks. “Not only for Tanzania, but to contribute towards global health security.”
The One Health approach – the collaborative efforts of human health, animal health, and environmental sectors – is the best tool countries have to achieve the multisectoral objectives in pandemic prevention and response. The approach has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, who were all key partners in Monday’s launch.
“The successful implementation of One Health is the next step in our powerful partnership,” said Jay Zimmerman, U.S. acting Deputy Chief of Mission, at the ceremony. “A partnership which will reinforce Tanzania’s ability to detect, prevent, and respond to emerging pandemics, support Tanzania’s commitment to implementing Global Health Security Agenda regulations, and create a solid foundation for effective preparedness and response activities.”
The One Health platform is the result of the continuous support of the USAID-funded P&R project – through technical guidance, institutional capacity building, and One Health advocacy.
“Embassy staff asked how to make other programs this successful in getting government ownership and leadership,” said Andrew Kitua, P&R’s regional director in Africa. “I agree with him! This is a great success story in pandemic preparedness, and we hope to build on the lessons P&R learned in all 16 of its countries to share with others.”
P&R will continue working closely with the Prime Minister’s office to ensure the platform’s continued coordination and successful implementation of the strategic plan in Tanzania.