Many urgent threats to global health – such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and numerous emerging infectious diseases – require closer intersectoral collaboration and the implementation of a One Health approach in order to address them effectively. In Namibia, implementing a One Health approach has led to some initial success in reducing infectious diseases such as dog-mediated human rabies. However, One Health collaboration remains a challenge and should be further institutionalised in the country to tackle pressing issues at the human-animal-environment interface. IOH-Nam therefore builds on the achievements of the previous GHPP project and supports the MAWLR and other ministries in Namibia in further developing their One Health portfolio. It addresses high-priority diseases, such as rabies and tuberculosis, and promotes the country’s efforts to combat AMR. The project focuses on three areas: first, improving the outreach of One Health at the policy level; second, supporting the implementation of surveillance and research on zoonotic diseases using a One Health approach; and third, supporting the implementation of the national action plan on AMR. These activities will help Namibia become a visible driver of intersectoral collaboration and ultimately reduce the risk of infectious disease outbreaks in the future.
Supporting the MAWLR in Namibia in further developing its One Health portfolio and intersectoral cooperation in the country, especially with regard to zoonotic diseases and the fight against AMR.
Research and provision of evidence
Strengthening surveillance and research on priority zoonotic diseases through field studies; conducting a pilot study on mechanisms for One Health service delivery to communities in remote areas; conducting a longitudinal field study on AMR in livestock and wildlife.
Networking and cooperation
Supporting the implementation of the national action plan on AMR in Namibia.
Building capacities in laboratory diagnosis and disease surveillance; strengthening laboratory capacity for AMR surveillance at CVL and UNAM; Developing a One Health research agenda to improve the overall reach of the One Health approach at the policy level.