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Beginning in early 2016, we have been working with DAI to strengthen Preparedness and Response (P&R) capacity in Mali and Côte d’Ivoire through One Health-based projects. The goal of the USAID-funded P&R project is to enable national governments to establish and strengthen systems, policies and practices for the prevention, detection, response and control of emerging infectious diseases, especially zoonotic diseases.

The 2014-15 outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa highlighted the need to expand P&R activities into the West Africa Region, and new funding in support of the Global Health Security Agenda enabled USAID to add Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to the P&R portfolio of countries. While One Health is not a completely new concept in West Africa, USAID has not implemented One Health-based projects in the region since the initial H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in the mid- to late-2000s.

Our project has two objectives:

  1. Establish and strengthen national One Health platforms in EPT-2 African priority countries and
  2. Initiate and support development, testing and implementation of National Preparedness Plans for public health emergencies of unknown etiology.

Over the course of this three-year project we will be:

  • Fielding and supporting National One Health Technical Advisors in each of the three countries.
  • Convening forums to encourage and enable national governments to establish and strengthen systems, policies, and practices for prevention, detection, response, and control of emerging disease threats.
  • Providing access to French language resource materials that may be adapted for use in P&R francophone countries.

This project leverages the Mérieux Foundation’s international laboratory networks, collaborative research programs, access to novel diagnostics and validation platforms, French language training materials, and the convening of catalytic forums.

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