One Health platform in Côte d’Ivoire: Afrique One-ASPIRE contributes to the implementation project

6 April 2017

Facing health threats such as epidemics of avian influenza and Ebola disease in Côte d’Ivoire, local preventive and response initiatives were set up. Unfortunately, a sustainable multi-sectorial coordination mechanism of the One Health type did not emerge from these initiatives. For this reason, the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)/One Health platform, an international initiative, was launched in Côte d’Ivoire to better respond to public health threats and improve the past insufficiencies.

To achieve this goal, it was important to bring together all stakeholders including the research consortium Afrique One-ASPIRE to validate, on a consensual basis, the multi-sectorial national coordination mechanism of this programme. A workshop was chosen as selected frame, held from the 4th to 5th April 2017 at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Dr Constant Ahoua, Afrique One-ASPIRE assistant coordinator, and Arlette Dindé, Afrique One-ASPIRE fellow and PhD student, were the representatives of Afrique One-ASPIRE.

The list of participants included scientists, policy makers, practitioners and technical partners who exchanged views on the legal status of the platform. Participants proposed that the programme be supported by a government decree. In addition, some amendments were made in a consensual manner on the concept note to be taken into account for the final validation.

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