Stepping up partnerships for development and One Health Interventions

On the 10th of August 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries received a high level delegation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organisation.

The delegation was received at the Ministry Head Offices by Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the Permanent Secretary.

At the top of the agenda was the discussion on joint work towards achieving objectives of the One Health Campaign, among other areas of collaboration in the sector.

The delegates included Dr. Yonas Tegegu Woldemariam the World Health Organisation Representative, FAO Deputy Representative Ms Priya Gujadhur, Mr. Joakim Parker the Mission Directorfor USAID Uganda accompagnied by Ms Laura Gonzalez the Feed the Future Coordinator from the Economic Growth Office.

The One Health approach is an innovative strategy to promote multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary application of knowledge and skills of medical, public health, veterinary and environmental experts by working together to address animal, human and environmental health challenges. The approach is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) as a strategy for promoting the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines, working locally, nationally and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.

In Uganda, stakeholders were supported by the USAID-funded Preparedness and Response (P&R) Project to form a One Health Platform made up of representatives of the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), and the Uganda Wildlife Authority of the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MoTWA).

The stakeholders drafted and launched a national One Health Strategic Plan for the 2018-2022 duration with the goal of building resilient, sustainable systems to prevent and respond to zoonotic diseases and address AMR and biosecurity.

The strategy also focussed on fighting three priority public health threats including zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, and biosecurity.

Notes to editors

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About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

See strategic objectives here.

See Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan here.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Finance and Administration each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).

About Zoonotic Diseases

By definition, Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases that are spread between animals and people.

According to researchers in the building of the campaign, numerous zoonotic diseases are endemic in Uganda. These include Anthrax, Rabies, Brucellosis and Trypanosomiasis.

Furthermore, in the last ten years, Uganda has experienced outbreaks of Ebola, Marburg, Yellow Fever, Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), Rift Valley Fever (RVF), Plague and Avian Influenza. These zoonotic diseases have the potential for serious negative impact on public health, economy (trade, tourism), food safety and food security, social impacts on vulnerable populations and other related socioeconomic difficulties.