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Strengthening national capacity to prevent and control to emerging and re-emerging pandemic threats including influenza A in Bangladesh

Strengthening national capacity to prevent and control to emerging and re-emerging pandemic threats including influenza A in Bangladesh

Full title of the project:

Strengthening national capacity to prevent and control to emerging and re-emerging pandemic threats including influenza A in Bangladesh

Target areas:

Bangladesh

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 500 000
01/10/2014-30/06/2015
Project code:
OSRO/BGD/403/USA
Objective:

To contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of vulnerable population in Bangladesh by safeguarding human and animal health as well as improving food security and safety.

Key partners:

The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) of the Bangladeshi Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh, the United States Center for Disease Control and the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

Beneficiaries reached:

DLS staff, the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI), the Central Disease Investigation Laboratory (CDIL), veterinary surgeons, three national universities and the international community.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided technical and logistical support to DLS, BLRI, CDIL and three national universities.
  • Comprehensive capacity training programmed developed and implemented (over 500 participants trained, of which 10 percent were women).
  • Census of all LBMs and mobile vendors completed in Dhaka: 659 live bird markets (LBM) and 739 mobile traders identified.
  • In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), a four-way linking workshop for assessing health risks at the human-animal interface was convened in Dhaka.
  • The public-private partnership approach for interventions at LBMs was explored.
  • Various publications were produced highlighting research, interventions and practices on zoonotic influenza to guide policy decision-making.
  • Advocacy material Key including facts, outcomes and policy guidance were produced.
Impact:
  • Significant improvement in the prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging pandemic threats in Bangladesh was achieved thanks to strengthened partnerships as well as through provision of technical and logistical support to DLS, BLRI, CDIL and three national universities.
  • The LBM Sink Surveillance programme for monitoring of endemic H5N1 HPAI and early detection of novel influenza virus successfully established in January 2016.
  • Cost-effective active surveillance system for H5N1 HPAI detection in LBMs established.
  • Joint outbreak investigation successfully implemented for rapid response to suspected disease outbreak.
  • Spill-over risk monitoring system established in 106 LBMs in Dhaka.
  • One Health Secretariat for governance of One Health in Bangladesh established.