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  • Participants from MoH, MAFFS, and NPAA during Group Work to Validate the CAHW Training Manual.
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    Food and Agriculture Oragnization of the United Nations,
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Validation of the Sierra Leone Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW) Training Manual with Supplementary One Health Approach

 

Partners and stakeholders in the agriculture, health and wildlife sectors on 29th June 2017 discussed and validated a document with a title, A Handbook for Basic Animal Healthcare in Sierra Leone.


The handbook is a training manual for Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) with added One Health (OH) focus, and it contains information and tested techniques aimed at providing both training and reference materials for trainers and the CAHWs. The OH focus is reinforced by the inclusion of modules that address supplementary zoonotic diseases for application during sessions when CHW and Game Guards will be trained together with the CAHW.


The validation workshop took place in Sussex Village, in the Western Rural district. It brought together key partners and stakeholders, mainly from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), the National Protected Areas Authority (NPAA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other partners in the One Health network. The meeting was a joint collaboration among FAO, Post-Ebola Resilience Team (PERT) and (MAFFS) in Sierra Leone.


In his opening statement, the Acting Deputy Director of Animal Health and acting CVO in the Livestock Division of MAFFS Dr. Amadu Jalloh told participants that this meeting is expected to be an interactive experience between the presenters and the attendees. “This manual is building upon the previous edition, now with a One Health and CAHW focus”, he stated.


He explained that the modules regarding Conflict Resolution, Wildlife, trigger events, Bio-Safety and Bio-Security, Animal Health Surveillance, and the One Health Module are new modules added to the manual. Other modules were modified or updated to become more self-sustaining. 


The Country Team Leader for the Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), Tesfai Tseggai, informed the gathering that the Emerging Pandemic Threats phase 2 (EPT-2) ) program,  funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  addresses the continued threat and drivers of emerging and re-emerging diseases under the overall programmatic support of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), by implementing inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration at country and at epizone levels. “This is the first project of its kind in West Africa, where Human Health, and Wild Life personnel, participate in CAHW training after the launch of the National OH Platform on 23 June, 2017”
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Dr. Sarian Kamara discussed the importance of collaboration between the Community Health Workers and Community Animal Health Workers because so many diseases that affect humans originate from animals. She stressed that it is crucial to address issues that prevent future epidemics by strengthening animal health care at a community level.  


The PERT Coordinator, Niccolo Meriggi supported the importance of all stakeholders being on the same page, especially when launching a new program. “The times for a one handed approach are gone, now it is time for collaboration and cohesion”, he added.
The revised manual contains topical issues on animal health management including, the roles and responsibilities of CAHWs in animal production, health of farm animals, biosafety, record keeping and reporting, and One Health.


At the end of the workshop the deputy Director of Livestock Division of MAFFS, and acting CVO Dr. Amadu T. Jalloh concluded by saying, “Considering the degree of participation in this workshop, and that good inputs were received from all the participants, and work groups, and with the belief that they will be included in the final publication, I declare this Training Manual validated for the use of all CAHW trainings in the Republic of Sierra Leone”.


The key comments and input received from the participants during the validation session will be included in the final draft of the CAHWs manual.

 

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