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Multisectoral Coordination Mechanism Operational Tool

Area of work:One Health Operations, Multisectoral
Published: 28 September 2022

Zoonotic diseases are transmitted between animals and people and impact health, livelihood and national and global health security. A multisectoral, One Health approach is necessary to address such complex heath threats at the human-animal-environment interface. In 2019, the Tripartite organizations – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) – developed the  Tripartite Zoonoses Guide (TZG), which was the summation of a global effort of more than 100 experts worldwide to provide guidance and explain best practices for addressing zoonotic diseases in countries. This includes supporting countries in understanding national contexts and developing capacities for strategic technical areas.

The Multisectoral Coordination Mechanism Operational Tool (MCM OT) has been developed by the Tripartite organizations (FAO, WHO, WOAH) and technical experts to support national authorities to establish or strengthen their mechanism for multisectoral, One Health coordination to manage zoonotic diseases and other One Health threats. While it provides step-by-step guidance on how to conduct each component of the process, it also provides model documents and templates to support its use by staff from national ministries responsible for management of zoonotic diseases, with references to principles and best practices described in the Tripartite Zoonosis Guide.

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