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Pak one Health Alliance Participation in South Asian Disease Surveillance Network meeting December 11-13,2017, Bangkok
Dr. Syed Mursalin, Chief Executive Officer represented Pak One Health Alliance in the workshop on “Development of Governance Structure and Roadmap for Establishing a South Asia One Health Disease Surveillance Network” held from 11-13 December 2017 in Bangkok. The Skoll Global Threats Fund in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok organized the workshop. The background of the workshop was that either infectious diseases are emerging or resurgence is occurring due to drug resistance problem. As the diseases do not obey national boundaries, so other country are at threat as well. So to combat the problem concerted efforts are required at international, regional and national level. No multi-sectoral collaboration network in South Asia (SA) exists while region is considered one of the ‘Global Hotspots’ for emerging and re-emerging diseases. So the objective of the workshop was to bring together high level experts to establish South Asia One Health Disease Surveillance Network. The establishment of this network aims at bringing significant improvement in capacity for disease prevention, disease surveillance, early detection, rapid response, disease emergency preparedness planning and response, and containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) both at the country and regional level. It will also enable timely information sharing on disease outbreaks between human and animal health sectors, building network and trust amongst members and stakeholders.
Consultative Meeting Development of Integrated VBD Mobile Application November, 30, Islamabad
Focusing on Vector Borne Disease (VBD) Prevention and Control, Pak One Health Alliance (POHA), in collaboration with University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, organized a Consultative Meeting by focusing on the development of integrated VBD Mobile Application for prevention and control of Vector Borne Disease on 30th November, 2017 in Grand Regency Hotel, Islamabad. Professionals form diverse departments including Health, Food, PITB, Public Health, Environment, Provincial and District Health Managers of Punjab and AJK Districts participated in this meeting.
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POHA to Participate and Present in 4th International Congress On Pathogens (Human –Animal Interface) - DOHA, QATAR November 7-9, 2017.
POHA has been invited to presents its work on Biorisk Management Assessment and capacity Building at ICOPHAI – 2017 – being held in DOHA QATAR November, 2017.
District One Health Meeting Focusing Vector Borne Disease Prevention & Control September 22-23, 2017 Chakwal
Pak One Health Alliance in coordination with University of Health Sciences , Lahore and District Heath Office, Chakwal organized a two day District One Health Training Workshop on prevention and control of Vector Borne Disease on 22 - 23rd September , 2017 in District Chakwal. Professional form diverse departments including Health, Food, PITB, Public Health and Environment participated in this workshop. CEO Chakwal welcomed the participants and workshop was concluded with mutual vote of thanks.
Training Curricula on Use of Information for District Health Managers.
Agreement (MoU) between Pak OneHealth Alliance and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) for Development and Launch of Mobile Application for Integrated Vector Borne Disease Project in Pilot Districts (September 11, 2017).
Appropriate initiatives to promote the notion of “Time To early Detect and Time to Response” (TDTR) for Vector Borne Diseases is an important area of intervention for Pak OneHealth Alliance, for its SGTF Funded OneHealth VBD Prevention and Control Project. Though POHA in collaboration with Department of Health – Punjab and its partners (UHS, PITB and SKOLL Foundation) has already started working towards this objective but yet some practical step are to be initiated. In this scenario this development of mobile application would be a unique intervention of its own kind. PITB which is Punjab provincial government autonomous organization has already initiated a number of Public Health Projects in the Province of Punjab, mainly Disease Surveillance System (DSS), Dengue Activity Tracking System Project. To take advantage of technical expertise of PITB POHA has now entered into a formal agreement with this esteemed organization (PITB) for the Development and Launch of Mobile Application for Integrated Vector Borne Disease Project in its Pilot Districts. This would be a six month’s plan, which once successful could also be replicated in other adjoining districts / provinces eager to manage VBDs. This would certainly be a mile stone towards notion of “Early Detection and Early Response” to any unforeseen VBD outbreak and epidemics. In addition POHA and PITB would also work for the development of ‘GIS Enabled Health Facility Registry’ and RSS Feed for Vector Borne Diseases.
District One Health Meeting Focusing Vector Borne Disease Prevention & Control August 25-26, 2017 Jhelum
District Jehlum is one of POHA’s Pilot districts where Vector Borne Diseases GAP Analysis and Training Needs Assessment Study is conducted this month, August, 2017. This is organized by Pak One Health Alliance (POHA), in collaboration with District Health Authority, Jehlum. The orientation and the kick start on Vector Borne Disease Project was held in Islamabad on March 27-28, 2017, where the details of the project were shared with the health managers and other stakeholders .As a follow up a series of meetings focusing on orientation and capacity building were planned in the four pilot districts. After holding the first in Muzaffarabad in May, second in Multan in July and this meeting is the third district meeting held on 25-26 August, 2017 in Tulip Hotel, Jehlum.
One Health Meeting on Vector Borne Disease Prevention and Control in Multan.
Pak One Health alliance (POHA) in coordination with University of Health Sciences, Lahore and Punjab Health Department organized a capacity building workshop on ‘ vector borne disease’ in one of its pilot district Multan on July 5-6, 2017. The purpose of this meeting was to build the awareness and capacity of local health and related managers in ‘ Use of One Health Approach for Prevention and Control of VBDs. Participation for this meeting was drawn from diverse departments. This meeting was chaired by Dr. Ashiq Hussain Malik, CEO District Health Authority Multan. In total 46 professionals attended this meeting. Besides POHA, participants from various organizations/departments based Multan, including wildlife, animal health/veterinary, population department, Information technology, academic institutes joined the workshop. A comprehensive analysis of existing readiness and gaps were also discussed at length.
District One Health Meeting; Focusing Vector Borne Disease Prevention & Control, May 8-9, 2017, DHO Office, Muzaffarabad .
District Muzaffarabad is a pilot district for Pak One Health Alliance for its Vector Borne Disease Prevention & Control Project. POHA in collaboration with the AJK Health Department organized, a GAP Analysis and Training Needs Assessment Study during March, 2017. This was in continuation to the National Meeting on Use of One Health Approach for Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases and related capacity building held in Islamabad on 27-28 March 2017. As a follow up a series of meetings are planned in four pilot districts.
This was the first district meetings in this context. As One Health approach encourage inter disciplinary coordination for curtailment of diseases. This meeting was attended by a large group of local officials, experts comprising health managers, program managers from various departments, technical professionals , health providers as well as the representatives of other agencies (eg. Veterinary, Food and Agriculture Departments). POHA got un-precedent response for the strategy it is adopting to address the problem of vector Borne diseases.
One Health Orientation And planning Meeting 27-28,2017,
Pak One Health Alliance (POHA), collaboration with University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, organized its first 1st orientation and planning meeting on 27th-28th March, 2017 in Margalla Hotel , Islamabad for the Provincial and District Health Managers of Punjab and AJK Districts.
Vector borne diseases are emerging on the globe as a major public health problem. Pak One Health Organization is a newly developed forum/organization for promoting research and development in emerging infectious diseases in the country. Initially it is working on use of ‘One Health’ approach for the curtailment of Vector Borne Diseases (VBDs), but in next phases it would focus on other group of infectious diseases too. A large number of participants and stakeholders, participated in this ‘One Health Orientation and Planning Meeting.
The concept of One Health was elaborated with focus on various aspects of VBD prevention and control. In this regard, a inter districts study has also been initiated by POHA to determine the current level of preparedness for any unexpected outbreak of VBDs (mainly Malaria, Dengue, Lieshmania and others), at the supervisory and community levels. Preliminary impressions (results) for 3 districts were shared in the presence of concerned district health authorities. Candid discussions were held and it was concluded that such meetings should be trickled down to the district levels for improving the capacity of district health staff and for wider advocacy of the community on management of vector borne disease. Currently, the public is more sensitized to dengue and malaria while orientation of other vector borne disease remain neglected. There is need for greater efforts and inter-sectorial collaborations for building corresponding capacities across. Recommendations from the meeting also included inclusion of an appropriate portion of VBD awareness and public health issues in the syllabus of students at matric level to ensure early sensitization of the public and hence more effective control of such problems in the future.
POHA Executives Participation in 5th Asain Health Information Network (AeHIN) Regional Conference In Mymmar March 06-10,2017
Pak One Health Finalizes its Study on Use of mHealth Public Health Programs, Focusing Infectious Diseases.
CRDF agrees to support Pak One Health Alliance initiative for promotion of Bio Risk Management in additional three provinces.
In the wake of the felt need and significance and focus being given to the subject of Biorisk Assessment and Biosafety Management by international community, CRDF continues to support POHA for promotion of Bio Risk Management in Pakistan.
CRDF USA has now agreed to support Pak One Health Alliance in the organization of three additional capacity building workshops and assessment of BRM for the province of AJK Punjab and KPK in Pakistan. Towards this end this plan would be implemented for March-June, 2017.
‘One Health’ Promotion and Planning Meeting on December 10, 2016 at Islamabad Club
Pak One Health Alliance to Celebrate International One Health day on December- 03, 2016.
Skoll Foundation – USA to work with (POHA) for prevention and control of Vector Borne Diseases using One Health approach during 2016-2017.
Trainer’s Workshop On Biorisk & Biosafety Management & Safety July 28-29, 2016, UHS Lahore
Pak One Health Alliance, in coordination with Punjab Health Department, the University of Health Sciences (UHS) organized a two day workshop on Biorisk Management at UHS premises on July 28-29, 2016. This workshop as participated by a large number of professional and resource persons derived from multiple disciples, including laboratory managers, experts from public health and animal health, environmental sciences, health managers and planners and partner agencies. Workshop was supported by CRDF-USA – an organization engaged in worldwide promotion of Biorisk management.
The prime objective of the workshops was to fully understand and promote biorisk management including; concept realization, risk assessment, risk mitigation, and performance management by adopting key principles, standard international procedures and best practices. Finally recommendations and next steps were sought from this learnt group for incorporation into workshop report and wider dissemination.
Invitation For South Asia Pandemic Preparedness Table Talk Exercise Maldives. JULY 19-21, 2016.
As a South Asia regional entity, being actively working in public health outbreak detection and response in Pakistan , Pak One Health Alliance has been selected to attend a three-day South Asia Pandemic Preparedness Exercise in the Maldives, 19-21 July 2016.
From highly pathogenic avian influenzas to Ebola, zoonotic pandemics have demonstrated their ability to devastate communities through losses of life and severe economic impacts. With burgeoning international trade, migration and travel, the risks for emerging pandemics continues to grow—particularly throughout South Asia.
Skoll Global Threats Fund is hosting this event to provide regional leaders, a unique opportunity to address the challenges of detecting and responding to outbreaks as they spread beyond country borders and across species. Skoll is partnering with Sandia National Laboratories USA and relevant regional South Asian organizations engaged to develop and facilitate the preparedness exercise and coordinate the event.
During the facilitated tabletop exercise, invited organizations would work through a simulated pandemic scenario to assess the current status of pandemic readiness. After the exercise, a strategic planning session will be provided for participants to identify priorities for strengthening regional preparedness, based on lessons learned during the exercise. External experts and funding agencies will be invited to observe the exercise to share experiences and expertise in pandemic detection and response. During the strategic planning session, observers will learn your priorities and recommended actions towards strengthening regional preparedness.
The Skoll Global Threats Fund works on a set of global challenges that will be exponentially more difficult to solve if serious progress isn't made in the coming decade. Final exercise would be incubate, create and support innovative approaches for large scale impact across various threats such as pandemics, water and climate. Our mission is to safeguard humanity against global threats, but not alone. It is strongly believed that this can only be done through bold, intelligent and innovative collaboration.
Core Group webinar feat. Gap Analysis of Leishmaniasis detention , Prevention , and response : Lessons Learned for Vector -Borne Diseases
This webinar will present the final findings for the CORDS-led Leishmaniasis Gap Analysis project to catalyse coordinated discussions regarding.
- Treatment and response for leishmaniasis in Albania, Jordan, and Pakistan;
- Vector-borne disease prevention, intervention, and preparedness in general;
- Connections to this work and the Zika virus initiatives that CORDS is organising with its six member networks.
- Confirmed webinar date: Thursday, June 2nd
- Suggested webinar time: 10am EDT (UK: 3pm, Albania: 4pm, Jordan: 5pm, Pakistan: 7pm)
- Final PowerPoint due to CORE Group: Wednesday, May 25th
- Mandatory run through meeting for presenters with CORE Group: Thursday, May 26th (10am EDT suggested)
- Technical link to test software capability (please use this link to confirm that your software is compatible with the Adobe Connect interface necessary for presenting the webinar): https://coregroup.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
- S title: Vector-Borne Disease Prevention, Detection, and Response: Putting the Pieces Together
- Summary: This webinar will use the CORDS-led Leishmaniasis Gap Analysis project to catalyze coordinated discussions on vector-borne disease prevention, intervention, and preparedness. It will include a direct connection to the Zika response activities that CORDS is currently leading with its six member networks in 28 countries, as well as input from experts at DNDi, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia.
Pak One Health Alliance to organize two Training of Trainers Workshops on Biosafety and Biorisk Management during June/July- 2016
Pak One Health Alliance (POHA) would conduct two workshops, each one-and-a-half-days in length, during June/July 2016 to build skills and capacity in Pakistan for biological sample handling and management, specifically with respect to laboratory biosafety, field biosecurity and IATA-compliant shipping practices. The main audience for the workshops will be health managers and influential members of staff at hospitals in the Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. As part of the course, participants will apply the knowledge and skills learned through group discussions and drafting relevant standard operating procedures in Bio risk Management (BRM) . This will generate a group of master trainers in BRM in Punjab and Sindh. Those who attend these workshops will be expected to impart training and skills to other district laboratory and health managers after the conclusion of the workshops. This activity is being supported through Civilian Research & Development Foundation- USA.