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UN Programme on Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness in Ghana

UN Programme on Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness in Ghana

Full title of the project:

UN Programme on Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness in Ghana

Target areas:

Ghana

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 270 000
03/08/2015-30/06/2016
Project code:
UNJP/GHA/035/UNJ
Objective:

To contribute to strengthening Ebola virus response capacities at the human-wildlife-ecosystem interface and mitigate the risk of spill-over of Ebola virus from wildlife to humans.

Key partners:

Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Veterinary Service Directorate (VSD) and Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission

Beneficiaries reached:

Policy-makers, MoFA, VSD and Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, as well as the Emerging Pandemic Threat – 2 Programme in Ghana

Activities implemented:
  • Conducted two assessments/studies to identify risks and potential measures to reduce the risk of exposure to Ebola virus from wildlife
  • Conducted an analysis of the bushmeat commodity chain in Ghana and implications for EVD risk in Ghana.
Impact:
  • Valuable evidence-base in regulation and monitoring of the bushmeat value chain and EVD surveillance.
  • Good foundation for EVD preparedness in the food and wildlife sectors as well as for the future work on the Emerging Pandemic Threat – 2 Programme in Ghana.
  • Better understanding of the disease dynamics at the interface between humans, animals, and their shared environment – including wildlife, as hunting activities are widely seen as a major risk factor for contact with Ebola, and bushmeat is an important source of quality nutrition for many people.
  • Strengthened EVD response capacities at the human-wildlife-ecosystem interface through the creation of up-to-date evidence/information base on potential risks for virus spill-over from wildlife to humans.