One Health collaborations for zoonotic disease control in Ethiopia

S. C. Murphy, M. E. Negron, E. G. Pieracci, A. Deressa, W. Bekele, F. Regassa, B. A. Wassie, B. Afera, K. W. Hajito, E. Walelign, G. Abebe, S. Newman, I. B. Rwego, D. Mutonga, D. Gulima, N. Kebede, W. A. Smith, L. M. Kramer, A. Kibria, Y. T. BonnenfantJ. A. Mortenson, A. R. Vieira, M. Kadzik, D. Sugerman, B. Amare, T. Kanter, H. Walke, E. Belay, K. Gallagher

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Zoonotic diseases require a One Health approach for successful control and elimination due to the nature of their transmission between animals and humans. One Health recognises that the health of humans, animals, and the environment are all interconnected. Ethiopia has committed itself to controlling five prioritised zoonotic diseases (rabies, anthrax, brucellosis, leptospirosis and echinococcosis), using a One Health approach. The National One Health Steering Committee (NOHSC) provides a framework for national stakeholders to address gaps in multisectoral communication, coordination and collaboration. In addition, the NOHSC oversees the formation of several specialised disease-focused groups, referred to as 'Technical Working Groups' (TWGs). These TWGs are responsible for developing disease prevention and control strategies, as well as implementing disease-focused public health activities and providing recommendations to the NOHSC. Ethiopia's success using the One Health approach and its efficient control of zoonotic diseases will depend on the commitment of all member Ministries to support the NOHSC and TWGs, as well as to build capacity in Ethiopia's workforce and laboratories, a task supported by its many international partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalRevue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics)
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • Anthrax
  • Avian influenza
  • Brucellosis
  • Ethiopia
  • Global health security
  • One Health
  • Rabies
  • Zoonotic disease

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  • Journal Article
  • Review


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