Strengthening National One Health Practice: A call for Advocacy and Action
Dr Juliet Setumbwe, the director of Animal Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has recognized the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) for having hosted the One Health and environmental activities.
Hosted by the ministry, the celebrations took place on 3rd November at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala. The purpose of the event was to recognize that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment.
“I applaud IDI and their funding partner, Resolve to Save Lives for enabling this event. We have found that IDI’s work is integral to pushing the One Health initiative. Significant progress has made in spite of the hardships involved.”
“This has been witnessed through the formation of a strategic institutionalized plan. Our focus during this event should be more on operational processes, more collaboration and information sharing. There is need for building capacity in environmental health to close a gap of animal health issues,” Dr Sentumbwe advised.
She encouraged the ministries and other implementing partners need to understand the importance of One Health to enable them to advocate for change.
Dr Florence Adong, representing the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Water and Environment said, “I would like to thank Dr Immaculate Nabukenya the team lead for Resolve to Save Lives, she has managed to keep the enthusiasm of One Health Day”.
By Mulindwa Kenneth