FAO tests an innovative tool to support the operationalization of One Health in the United Republic of Tanzania – United Republic of Tanzania
FAO’s One Health monitoring tool helps local, national and regional entities assess progress and identify gaps.
The One Health Coordination Office in Tanzania, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), brought together One Health stakeholders in the United Republic of Tanzania review the One Health Tracking Tool (OHMT), an innovative tool that will be used to track the progress of One Health and to assess and evaluate results and operational level. The OHMT aims to improve transparency and support accountability relationships as countries prepare to respond to health threats. The information gathered during this two-day workshop will be used to improve the OHMT for its final review and validation.
One Health is an integrated and unifying approach that aims to balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems in the long term. It recognizes that the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants and the wider environment are intertwined and interdependent. Although increasing attention is being paid to One Health globally, the systematic application of the One Health principles remains a major challenge for public policy formulation, resource mobilization and sustainable implementation. It is therefore important to integrate the One Health approach into medicine, veterinary medicine, environment, wildlife, public health, agriculture and other relevant disciplines in order to mitigate the burden of threats. for health and to implement mechanisms to evaluate and improve the operationalization of the One Health approach across sectors.
Until now, countries did not have a specific tool to assess and monitor their progress on One Health or produce accurate data on the operationalization of One Health at national and regional levels. With the OHMT, all countries, even those without national One Health platforms, will be able to coordinate and cooperate between sectors involved in health management to monitor the progress of One Health and assess. the results and operational level of One Health.
The Tripartite (FAO, the World Organization for Animal Health [OIE] and the World Health Organization [WHO]) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) are supporting the implementation of the ** One Health ** approach at all levels to ensure that specialists from multiple sectors and disciplines work together to address threats to health and ecosystems, while meeting the collective need for clean water, energy and air and safe and nutritious food, taking action on climate change and contributing to development sustainable.
In opening remarks for the One Health Tracker Pilot Workshop, Prime Minister’s Office, United Republic of Tanzania Department of Disaster Management, Baltazary Leba, said: and environmental health and the importance of transdisciplinary efforts in the control and prevention of zoonotic diseases. FAO Representative Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), Niwael Mtui-Malamsha affirmed that “the systematic evaluation of the operationalization of One Health is important to reveal the progress made and identify the gaps in order to inform the future strategic planning of One Health”.
FAO will pilot a tool in three other African countries
The One Health Monitoring tool was developed by FAO to help local, national and regional entities assess progress and identify gaps in the operationalization of One Health. It builds on existing frameworks such as the World Bank’s operational framework for strengthening human, animal and environmental public health systems at their interface, the One Health SMART tool developed by the University of Minnesota and the Ministry of Agriculture, and One Health Performance Assessment Planning Framework (OH-APP) designed with funding from ** United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ** as part of the preparedness and response project. Experts from relevant stakeholders such as the WHO Regional Office for Africa, OIE Africa, the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the African Union – Inter-African Bureau of Animal Resources and the Economic Communities regions were also consulted during the development of the OHMT.
FAO, through ECTAD, in collaboration with the national One Health platforms of member countries, will also organize pilot workshops in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Liberia that will bring together One Health actors to test and review OHMT. These preliminary country assessments of the OHMT will improve its effectiveness, as they help to gather feedback from relevant sectors and disciplines at all levels of implementation.