Kenya County One Health Training in Nakuru – 21st to 23rd September, 2016
This training was held from the 21st to 23rd of September 2016 and had the following four objectives:
– To sensitize county representatives on One Health in Kenya.
– To start engagement on the county level on how to implement One Health.
– To share ideas on how best to implement One Health.
– To introduce draft guidelines for joint outbreak investigation
The training invited participants from Bomet, Tana River, Kitui, West Pokot, Marsabit, Makueni, Mandera, Muranga, Nairobi and Busia.
Kenya Public Health Events of Initially Unknown Etiology (PHEUE) Framework Development workshop – 14th & 15th March, 2016
This workshop held on 14th & 15th March had two objectives which were to understand and undertake gaps analysis in the current practices of responding to PHEUE, and review and provide input to the PHEUE preparedness and response plan working document. At the end of the very intensive 2 days, the team had come up with a draft PHEUE preparedness and response plan which was revised by a smaller group.
OH advocacy, policy & communication workshop – 2nd & 3rd March, 2016
This very important workshop that was held on 2nd & 3rd March at Kenya School of Government, Nairobi brought together OH stakeholders from MoH, MoALF, KWS, KEMRI, CDC, USAID, Washington State University, USAID, KALRO, World Animal Protection to begin this very important process. This was just the beginning of great steps in the field of OH advocacy, policy and communication. Good and fruitful discussions!
ZTWG 2016 Quarter 1 meeting – 25th February, 2016
The Quarter 1 meeting for 2016 was held on 25th February, 2016. Very informative discussion on Zika, ongoing RVF passive surveillance, and Rabies work in Makueni. Looking forward to a very active 2016 in the area of One Health!
Brucellosis Incidence study
After one year of field work, the Brucellosis Incidence study came to a close on 31st January, 2016. This has been a busy year for the teams that were on the ground and in the health facilities. Special thanks go out to the Kajiado county government who have give us tremendous support during the one year that the study was in progress, as well as attending our close-out meeting on 2nd February. We look forward to more collaborations in the future!
Africa On Health Leadership meeting – 23 & 24 September, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi
We were so grateful to have participants from 10 countries, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and USA join us for this meeting. This was indeed the beginning of new collaborations in One Health!!
Review of the Zoonotic Diseases Priority List – 2 – 4 September, Merica Hotel, Nakuru
The current zoonotic diseases priority list was prepared in 2012 and was due for review after 2 years. This workshop to review the current list had participation from MoH, MALF, KEMRI, CDC, Universities, KALRO, ILRI,Washington State University, and FELTP. We were very grateful to have such great minds working with us on this important exercise.
County One Health Units Review meeting – 29th and 30th July, Merica Hotel, Nakuru
This review meeting included the OH county representatives and County Directors of Health and Livestock from Garissa, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Baringo, Nakuru, Laikipia, Kajiado, Kiambu, and Machakos counties. This meeting helped to address priority disease surveillance and outbreak reporting from the counties to ZDU as well as recommend ways of improving the reporting systems currently in place.
Brucellosis Incidence Study – Kajiado County
The AHAs involved in the 1-year long Brucellosis Incidence study got a boost when they received motorcycles that will enable them respond to the clinical cases in the study households more effectively. The motorcycles were presented to ZDU from FELTP/AFENET and ZDU thereafter presented them to the field teams on 25th June, 2015 at Sultan Hamud, Kajiado county .
ZTWG Quarter II meeting – 20 May, 2015
The ZTWG Quarter II meeting was held on Wednesday 20th May, 2015. This meeting was also the handing over of the chairmanship from Ministry of Health to Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. The chairmanship of the ZTWG alternates between the line ministries, and MALF will hold the chairmanship for the next one year.
The presentations given at this meeting were on Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, and Brucellosis.
The Regional Conference on Zoonotic Diseases in Eastern Africa_Naivasha Kenya 9 – 12 March, 2015
This very successful conference had participants from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, and USA.
There was full participation and great engagement throughout both during the oral and poster presentations.
The Conference officially opened on 9th March, 2015 with participation from several countries.
Brucellosis Incidence Study_Kajiado
And the fieldwork continues………..
Week 1 of field work…….
Brucellosis Incidence Study training – 12 – 22nd January 2015, Sultan Hamud
ZTWG 2014 Quarter IV meeting – 20 November, 2014
The last ZTWG meeting for 2014 was held on 20th November, 2014. This well attended meeting was very important to the ZTWG as the members were able to review the year based on the successes that had been achieved in the year; in particular the launch of the National Rabies Elimination Strategy.
Brucellosis Incidence Study trainers’ meeting – 17 – 18 November, 2014
This meeting was in preparation of the team training scheduled to take place between 12th – 22nd January, 2015 in Kajiado county.
Launch of the National Rabies Elimination strategy – 28 September, 2014
Makueni county was selected as the venue for the World Rabies Day celebrations for this year. This important internationally recognized day was viewed as the perfect time to launch The National Rabies Elimination strategy. The strategy is based on activities planned in accordance with the Stepwise Approach to Rabies Elimination (SARE) for Kenya to move from an endemic state to a disease free status by 2030.
The launch of the strategy was officiated by top government officials from both Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, together with the Governor of Makueni county who graced the occasion.
World Rabies Day – 28 September, 2014
This internationally recognized day was celebrated all over the world on Sunday 28th September, 2014. This day is characterized by mass dog vaccinations. In Makueni county there were several dog vaccination centres which were busy as dog owners took their dogs for rabies vaccinations.
Rift Valley Fever table top simulation exercise – 13 – 15 August, 2014
This table top simulation exercise involved the review of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries Draft Contingency Plans for Rift Valley Fever with the aim of having a One Health approach in the 2 separate documents. This was a very intensive 3-day workshop which helped in addressing the challenges, gaps, and recommendations needed in the 2 documents.
Review meeting on Strategic Plan for the Elimination of Human Rabies in Kenya – 30 – 31 July, 2014
Meeting with stakeholders from both Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, pilot counties, universities, international organisations to review the Strategic Plan. Wonderful input and contributions from all the attendees. It is planned that the Strategic Plan will be launched during the World Rabies Day.
Brucellosis sero-prevalence study Marsabit – feedback meeting 17 July, 2014
The brucellosis linked sero-prevalence study was carried out in Marsabit county between August and September 2013. This feedback meeting held in Marsabit comprised members of the county government from both ministries of health and agriculture, livestock & fisheries, area leaders, community representatives, as well as some area residents who were part of the teams that participated in the study exercise. This meeting was organised as a way of sharing the results with the community representatives, as well as getting their feedbck on the way forward in tackling brucellosis in the county.
Brucellosis Incidence study pilot testing in Kajiado county – 9 – 11 July, 2014
A 1-year incidence study is to be carried out in Kajiado county following the sero-prevalence study that was carried out in 2012. Testing of the study tools was carried out in Mashuru which will be one of the study areas.
Consultative meeting on MERS CoV management in Kenya – 8 July, 2014
This very important meeting brought together representatives from GoK line ministries, CDC, FAO, ILRI, KWS, WHO, Kenya Camel Association, OIE, and KEMRI. Important decisions and recommendations were made at this meeting.
Training of the county One Health focal persons – 2 – 4 July, 2014
This was a very informative and engaging follow-up 3-day workshop that brought together representatives from 11 counties from both Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries. These will be the OH focal persons in the counties and will take the lead in the establishment of OH functional structures at the counties.
Consultative meeting on the Implementation of One Health at the counties – 15 May, 2014
This very successful 1-day meeting brought together the CECs from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries and their counterparts from the Ministry of Health. This was a forum in which views were shared on how to implement One Health to the counties in a bid to ensure that outbreaks, surveillance, vaccination exercises, etc are all carried out using the One Health approach. Several important decisions were made during this meeting.
ZTWG 2014 Quarter II meeting – 9 May, 2014
The Quarter II ZTWG meeting was held on 9th May, 2014. At this meeting, there was the official handing over of the chairmanship of the ZTWG from Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries to the Ministry of Health. The chairmanship alternates annually between the two line ministries.
42nd Kenya Medical Association Scientific Conference – 23 – 26 February; Watamu
ZDU participated at the 42nd KMA Annual Scientific Conference. This was an opportunity for ZDU to share with the KMA members and conference participants on the activities that ZDU has been involved in since its launch in October, 2012. The presentations given were on One Health, research projects, outbreak response carried out, and The Rabies Control and Elimination Strategy that is currently in progress.
GIS Disease risk-mapping training – 17 – 21 February; Nairobi
ZDU staff together with officers from Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Ministry of Health received training on Disease risk-mapping. This 1-week training was facilitated by staff from ILRI.
One Health Strategic Plan review workshop – 24 – 26 February; Nakuru
The Strategic Plan for the implementation of One Health was launched on 3rd October, 2012 and has been in operation since then. ZDU and other stakeholders have identified gaps in the strategic plan and it is for this reason that the 3-day workshop was held. This workshop brought together stakeholders from KWS, FAO, Universities, CDC, KEMRI, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. At the end of the workshop, the gaps that had been previously identified had been addressed and the Strategic Plan was more inclusive.
Brucellosis study stakeholders forum – 17 February 2014; Sultan Hamud, Kajiado County
The Brucellosis Incidence Study is scheduled to run for one year starting in the last quarter of 2014. It is for this reason that the stakeholders forum was held. This meeting involved local government leaders, members of the county government, local religious leaders, MoH and MoALF staff, CDC and ZDU staff. Findings from the Brucellosis sero-prevalence study which was carried out in Kajiado county in 2012 were shared with the participants. Pamphlets with the results were also given to the participants to share with the local community. This was a good forum to share with the participants on factors associated with brucellosis and this was done during a lengthy question and answer session.
Zoonoses Technical Working Group Quarter I meeting – 5 February 2014; Nairobi
The first ZTWG meeting was held on 5th February, 2014 and was well attended by officials from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, Kenya Wildlife Services, Universities, FAO, CDC, and ILRI. Presentations from members showed how OH continues being embraced in handling outbreak responses in the country. The Quarter II ZTWG meeting will be held in May 2014.
Brucellosis Incidence Study Sensitisation visit to Kajiado County – 14 January, 2014
ZDU will be carrying out a year long Brucellosis Incidence Study in Masuru sub-county, Kajiado county. It is for this reason that ZDU conducted a 1-day visit to Kajiado county. This meeting was graced by His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Kajiado county, members of the County Executive Committee (CEC), county directors for health and verterinary services, Members of the County Assembly (MCA), together with officials from MOH and MoALF. During this meeting, the results of the Brucellosis sero-prevalence study that had previously been carried out in Kajiado county in 2012 were disseminated as well as sensitisation of the Incidence study that is planned to commence in the course of 2014.
Brucellosis Incidence Study workshop – 18 – 19 December, 2013
Following the Brucellosis seroprevalence study carried out in Kajiado, Kiambu, and Marsabit counties, ZDU will be involved in a year-long Brucellosis Incidence study. This study that is scheduled to commence in February 2014 will be carried out in Kajiado county.
A 2-day workshop to discuss the study and map out the way forward as pertains this study was held in Naivasha between 18th and 19th December, 2013.
OH Strategic Plan Review workshop – 4 – 6 December, 2013
The ZDU with support from Global Implementation Solutions (GIS) held a 3 day workshop with the aim of revising the OH Strategic Plan which was launched on 3rd October, 2012.
The revision of the SP was necessary so as to incorporate elements of the new devolved system of government in Kenya, as well as other aspects which are important in line with OH. The revised SP will be more OH inclined as well as being more inclusive of collaborators and stakeholders.
Participants at the workshop represented line ministries, research institutions, as well as local and international partners.
Zoonoses Technical Working Group Quarter IV meeting – 6 November, 2013; Nairobi
The ZTWG held the final meeting for 2013 on 6 November, 2013. The meeting was well attended by representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya Wildlife Services, KARI, ILRI, CDC, and University of Nairobi. The meeting was graced by the newly appointed Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Kisa Juma Ngeiywa.
ZDU M & E Workshop – 29 October – 1 November, 2013; Mombasa
ZDU, together with partners from MoH, MALF, KWS, FELTP, KEMRI, and CDC participated in a 4-day workshop on the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for ZDU together with a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the One Health Strategic Plan. The workshop was a success due to the input from all sectors involved in One Health.
Group Work Session
ZDU Communication Plan Development workshop – 2 – 4 October, 2013; Nakuru
ZDU together with partners from MoH, MALF, FAO, KWS, and OHCEA participated in a 2-day workshop to work on the development of a Communication Plan for ZDU. The workshop was successfully facilitated by Global Implementation Solutions (GIS).
Brucellosis sero-prevalence study teams training – 12 – 16 August 2013; Isiolo
The brucellosis sero-prevalence study will be carried out in Marsabit county, Kenya between 20th August – 16th September, 2013. The one week training of the field teams was carried out in Isiolo town which is situated on the outskirts of Marsabit county.
ZTWG Quarter III meeting – 7 August 2013; Nairobi
The Zoononos Technical Working Group (ZTWG) Quarter III meeting was held on 7th August, 2013 in Nairobi. The meeting was well attended by representatives from Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, Ministry of Health, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), KEMRI, FAO, and other stakeholders. The meeting focused on Rabies, RVF, Brucellosis, and Anthrax which are some of the priority diseases for the ZTWG.
The 2013 Quarter IV meeting will be held on 6th November, 2013.
Brucellosis sero-prevalence study sensitisation meeting – 10 July 2013; Marsabit
ZDU carried out a sensitisation meeting in Marsabit county in preparation for the brucellosis sero-prevalence study that will be carried out in Marsabit county in the months of August and September, 2013. This meeting brought together religious leaders from the area, local leaders and health professionals.
Brucellosis and Anthrax Guidelines Workshop – 26 – 28 June, 2013; Nakuru
ZDU facilitated a guideline development workshop focussing on Brucellosis and Anthrax; which are two of the four priority zoonotic diseases that ZDU is working on this year as per the Strategic Plan. When finalised, ZDU hopes that the guidelines will be adopted by the line ministries and be used for reference by both the Kenya government and non-governmental stakeholders in addressing zoonotic diseases in the country.
The workshop was well attended and involved experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Health, Kenya Wildlife Services, Universities, CDC, WHO, and ILRI.
Brucellosis and Anthrax workshop participants
Brucellosis sero-prevalence study dissemination meeting – 14 June, 2013; Nairobi
ZDU, in collaboration with CDC and staff from Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries and Health, conducted a study on sero-prevalence of Brucellosis in humans and animals in Kiambu and Kajiado counties in the months of November and December, 2012. The testing of the samples was done at CVL Kabete for the animal samples and KEMRICDC laboratories in Kisumu for the human samples. The dissemination meeting was held to give the results to representatives from the counties who will in turn disseminate the results to the counties.
Rift Valley Fever and Rabies Guidelines Workshop – 22 – 24 May, 2013; Nakuru
Currently, there are no guidelines for the prevention and control of the majority of priority zoonotic diseases. In instances where the guidelines exist, they are not holistic and only target the animal or human aspects, depending on the sector that developed them. To address priority zoonotic diseases in a systematic manner, it is important to develop and realign existing documents form a one health perspective.
The ZDU facilitated the first of several guideline development workshops between 22-24 May at the Merica Hotel in Nakuru, Kenya. The workshop focused on Rabies and Rift Valley Fever and was very well attended.
When the guidelines are finalized, ZDU hopes that they will be adopted by the ministries and will be used as reference documents for both government and non-state actors addressing zoonotic diseases in the country.
- OH Strategic Plan Review workshop in Nairobi ,Kenya on 4th – 6th December, 2013
- ZTWG Quarter IV meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 6th November, 2013
- Monitoring and Evaluation workshop in Mombasa, Kenya on 29th October – 1st November, 2013
- ZDU communication Plan workshop in Nakuru, Kenya on 2nd – 4th October, 2012