an operational tool of the tripartite zoonoses guide


Zoonotic diseases are transmitted between animals and humans and impact health, livelihoods and national and global health security. A multisectoral One Health approach is needed to address these complex health 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 Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) – developed the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide (TZG), which was the synthesis of a global effort of more than 100 experts from around the world to provide guidance and explain best practices for controlling zoonotic diseases in countries. This includes helping countries understand national contexts and building capacity in strategic technical areas. Three operational (OT) tools have been developed to support national staff in these efforts: the Multi-Sectoral OT Coordination Mechanism (MCM OT), Joint OT Risk Assessment (MCM OT) and OT Monitoring and Information Sharing. (SISOT). These tools can be used independently or as part of coordinated efforts to support national preparedness and response capacity, ultimately linking them to existing international policies and frameworks and supporting global health security efforts. Specifically, the SIS OT supports national authorities in their efforts to establish or strengthen a coordinated multisectoral system for surveillance and information sharing on zoonotic diseases. Such a system is essential for early detection of disease events and timely routine data sharing between all relevant sectors to support coordinated response, prevention and mitigation of these events.

Access the accompanying Excel workbook here – (pdf, 1.92 MB).

Visit the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide page

Visit the WHO Human-Animal Interface Team page

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