Implementing One Health Concept in Rural Communities of Sierra Leone

The study’s goal is to bring rural residents together to combat rabies in their communities. In most rural areas of developing countries, where health care delivery is still a mirage, one health issue must be embraced and adequately implemented. The problems and approaches of implementing one health concept in Sierra Leone’s rural communities are examined in this study. Invitees, Non-Governmental Organizations operating in communities, direct and indirect beneficiaries in and around the project area, including officials from the government, were surveyed using a rapid and participatory rural assessment method. District Council members, councillors, ward representatives, Paramount Chiefs, community leaders, health workers, International and National Non-Governmental Organizations, Traders, Animal Owners, and Ministry of Health and Agriculture officials Due to a multitude of factors, including a shortage of qualified available workers, insufficient infrastructure, and a weak health system in the animal and human sectors, adopting One Health in this type of rural community has proven problematic. as well as financial mismanagement and a lack of well-organized organisations. It also emphasised the importance of one-health needs and relevant zoonotic illnesses as a starting point for putting the one-health concept into action. Rabies is one of the zoonoses discovered, and it has been identified as a factor that must be improved in order to achieve rabies control in rural regions.

Author (S) Details

Dr. R. Suluku
Animal Science Serology and Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Njala University, Sierra Leone.

A. T. Jalloh
Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone.

Prof. B. O. Emikpe

Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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