Participatory One Health Disease Detection in Africa and Beyond
Epidemics or pandemics start with local events, and delays to detect and respond to these events increase the likelihood of large-scale health threats.
Systems that can detect human, animal and environmental threats at the community level have the potential to mitigate this risk, in addition to empowering the community and strengthening national healthcare systems.
Several initiatives which use community-based surveillance for early detection of these ‘One Health’ threats are currently being piloted.
Examples include the Participatory One Health Disease Detection (PODD) project in Thailand and the Enhancing Community-Based Disease Outbreak Detection and Response in East and Southern Africa (DODRES) project in Tanzania.
There has been a high level of interest from government, animal and human health, academic and private sector actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to integrate such a system into provincial One Health strategies.
This technical knowledge exchange workshop - convening the PODD and DODRES teams, their counterparts in the DRC, and international partners - informs a potential future One Health Participative Surveillance (OHPS) system in the DRC.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.