On February 13, 2018, Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) participated at the launch of Tanzanian National One Health desk and strategic plan in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.The launch ceremony was officiated by the Tanzanian Prime Minister Hon. Kassim M. Majaliwa and other delegates from the Government and international organisations such as WHO representatives, USAID Tanzania, FAO and representative from the US Embassy in Tanzania.
Exhibiting its works during the launch, SACIDS showcased its strength in research, capacity building and demonstrated its AfyaData application that enhance early detection, timely reporting and prompt response of health events in humans and animals. AfyaData app incorporates all the features of current official disease surveillance data collection in both the human and animal health sectors plus additional features such as geo-tagging and mapping, feed-back loops and integrative knowledge management to assist primary responder decisions.
With the establishment of a One Health Coordination Desk and other elements of the National One Health Platform, the Government of Tanzania is formalizing its adoption of a “One Health” approach to the prevention, detection and response to outbreaks and embracing coordinated action and information sharing to prevent, minimize and respond to outbreaks to save lives. Delivering his speech, the Prime Minister of Tanzania Hon. Kassim M. Majaliwa said that Tanzania is taking another giant step towards improving and sustaining its National Health security. He pinpointed that by this one giant step, we would now be able to prevent, detect and respond to zoonotic diseases outbreaks, antimicrobial resistance and other emerging health challenges from the animal, human and environment sectors.
Hon. Majaliwa thanked all partners who took part in the development of the National One Health strategic plan and called for support from all sectors in ensuring its successful implementation.
“One Health” approach is the collaborative effort of health professionals (human and animal), social, economic, agricultural, environmental professionals to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. The approach calls for effective surveillance, monitoring and control of infectious diseases.