Technical Working Groups

There are six (6) TWGs to the Liberia One Health Coordination Platform, at the national level, who, on the overall, shall carryout activities that realize the objectives of the OHP in routine practice throughout existing and newly developed systems and processes for quality improvement.


The TWGs comprise experts from various One Health implementing agencies, including technical heads, directors, focal persons, and technical partners.

At the sub-national level, there are four (4):

Leadership in the TWGs is rotational for a period of two years, with a chair, co-chair, and secretary.
The core functions of these specialized technical working groups are:

Epi Surveillance TWG
Laboratory TWG
The Surveillance Technical Working Group is responsible for the development of technical and operational tools to support the strengthening of national disease control strategies (IDSR, ADSR,). It serves as an inter-ministerial, multi-disciplinary technical group with oversight and ensure technical capacity for human-animal-ecosystem interface for the surveillance system. The Surveillance TWG is charged to raise awareness among government, funding agencies and other strategic partners so that surveillance is given higher priority and visibility. It is responsible to establish a mechanism for effective exchange of information and improve collaboration among governments, organizations, institutions, agencies engaged in human- animal-ecosystem interface.
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The Laboratory TWG coordinates with relevant institutions to improve diagnostic capacity through training opportunities for laboratory technicians (long- and short- term), including revision of curricula for in-service and pre-service institutions and the conduct of regular supervision and on-site mentoring. The Laboratory TWG advocates to institutionalize a laboratory training program within higher learning institutions (Master and PhD level), supports and ensures laboratory facilities and/or institutions perform competent diagnostic procedures and calibration to obtain accurate testing results.

The AMR TWG advocates and supports awareness and understanding of AMR through effective communication, education and training. It promotes innovation and support operational research, reduces incidence of infection through effective sanitation, hygiene and infection, prevention, and control measures. The AMR promotes optimal use of antimicrobials agents in human and animal health and identifies opportunities for economic investment to ensure sustainability of innovations.

Workforce TWG

As part of its core functions, the Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) TWG advocates and supports the development and dissemination of protocols, guidelines and manuals for different sectors (human, animal and environmental). It jointly develops a national integrated EPR framework and supports and advocates for needed human resource capacity at different levels in the context of One Health (human, animal and environmental). It is charged to organize and hold regular cross-border and intra-county meetings to support information sharing for tracking events including effective networking, monitoring of potential threats and identifying opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders.

The Workforce TWG of the Liberia One Health Platform is one of the six (6) National Technical areas. It supports the development of a disease surveillance workforce strategy to help respond to infectious diseases linked to human, animal and environmental health in the context of One Health. It is charged to conduct periodic assessments to determine capacity needs, available capacity, and gaps for disease surveillance and response in the country in the context of One Health (Epi Surveillance, Laboratory, Risk Communication and Community Engagement, Antimicrobial Resistance, Preparedness and Response, Coordination, Financial Management). It also provides technical guidance in developing training plans (pre-service and in-service) including short and long-term across sectors (human, animal and environmental).

It is the responsibility of the National Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) TWG to ensure that Risk Communication and Community Engagement activities are undertaken in accordance with relevant SOPs. The RCCE TWG is responsible for leading the Risk communication and community engagement activities across all sectors. Note there shall be a two-year tenure of leadership on a rotational basis. As part of its core functions, the RCCE TWG strengthens RCCE mechanisms to improve awareness, messaging, and materials across all One Health sectors (human, animal, and environment) with a dedicated core team of specialized individuals.