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( MoHCC ) and the Ministry of Environment , Climate , Tourism and Hospitality Industry ( MECTHI ) with support from BRTI , FAO and WHO formulated a One Health approach to strengthen the countries AMR surveillance .
“ FAO – in collaboration with the WHO and BRTI – is strengthening AMR surveillance in the agriculture , environment and human health sectors . This includes laboratory capacity building of the three sectors ; strengthening biosecurity and biosafety and improving governance and diagnostic stewardship on AMR including strengthening One Health governance structure for AMR ,” said Dr Patrice Talla , FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa and FAO Representative to Zimbabwe .
Progress review visit of the rehabilitated laboratories in Manicaland , Masvingo and Bulawayo provinces
DVS , MoHCC , FAO BRTI and WHO recently conducted a progress review mission in Bulawayo , Masvingo and Mutare . The oneweek visit took place between 30 January and 3 February 2023 . The joint progress review mission ' s main objective was to evaluate the 14 laboratories ' performance in AMR surveillance to address any challenges to ensure the effective performance of the laboratories . Moreover , the joint visit also focused on supporting the laboratories ' sustainable One Health roadmap .
“ This joint progress review visit has made us fully appreciate the importance of the One Health Approach in strengthening our AMR surveillance ,” said Tanaka Sakubani , National TB Coordinator , MoHCC . “ The 14 rehabilitated laboratories have been incorporated in the MoHCC ( 2023 – 2027 ) strategic planning for sustainability and the positive results from this visit will go a long way in helping us lobby for more resources to support the laboratories .”
Evidence from the progress review mission showed that there had been a rise in AMR awareness and improved animal-health cooperation . The laboratory staff ' s capability for AMR surveillance has been bolstered by the new technology , which has also improved results turnaround time . Water and power supply , however , continue to be significant issues that must be resolved to ensure the best performance of the renovated facilities . �
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