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Volume 25, Number 3—March 2019
Online Report

Survey on Implementation of One Health Approach for MERS-CoV Preparedness and Control in Gulf Cooperation Council and Middle East Countries

Elmoubasher Abu Baker Farag1, Mohamed Nour1, Ahmed El Idrissi1, Jaouad Berrada1, Aya Moustafa, Minahil Mehmood, Mahmoud H. Mahmoud, Ahmed M. El-Sayed, Farhoud Alhajri, Mohammed Al-Hajri, Osama Ahmed Hassan, Hamad Al-Romaihi, Mohamed Al-Thani, Salih A. Al-Marri, Marion P.G. Koopmans, and Mohamed Haroun IsmailComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Ministry of Public Health, Doha, Qatar (E. Abu Baker Farag, M. Nour, A. Moustafa, M. Mehmood, M.H. Mahmoud, A.M. El-Sayed, M. Al-Hajri, H. Al-Romaihi, M. Al-Thani, S.A. Al-Marri); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy (A. El Idrissi); Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan, Rabat, Morocco (J. Berrada); Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Doha (M.H. Mahmoud, F. Alhajri, M.H. Ismail); Center for Global Health of Oslo University, Oslo, Norway (O.A. Hassan); Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (M.P.G. Koopmans); University of Nyala, Nyala, Sudan (M.H. Ismail)

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Table 2

Outcomes of survey questionnaire on the implementation of One Health for MERS-CoV preparedness and control in Gulf Cooperation Council and Middle East countries, 2015*

Domain Subdomain Response
Yes No
Leadership and coordination
A. Existence of a dedicated MERS-CoV committee in surveyed institutions† 7 0
B. The committee is meeting on regular basis† 6 1
C. Participation of stakeholders in a joint committee or advisory board dealing with MERS-CoV at the national level† 5 2
D. Activation of emergency supreme committee for MERS-CoV at the state level‡
Policies and drivers of MERS-CoV management
A. Existence of a document ascribing policy, roles, and responsibilities of committee’s stakeholders† 5 2
B.The document describes the chain of command‡ 4 2
C. Joint committee responsibility for preparedness and response to MERS-CoV†
Preparedness and response plans
A. National plans for preparedness and response to MERS-CoV† 6 1
B. Participation of stakeholders in preparation of national plans for preparedness and response to MERS-CoV‡ 2 4
C. Adequate budget allocation†
Epidemiologic surveillance system of MERS-CoV
A. Program of epidemiologic surveillance in humans‡ 6 0
B. Program of epidemiologic surveillance in animals‡ 5 1
C. Participation of animal breeders in MERS-CoV epidemiologic surveillance‡ 3 3
D. Joint or integrated surveillance program for MERS-CoV† 4 2
E. MERS joint field investigation team† 5 2
F. Field investigation joint team training‡ 2 2
G. Research program(s) for MERS-CoV†
Laboratory diagnostic capacities‡
A. Public Health Reference Laboratory 4
B. Veterinary Reference Laboratory
Crisis communication and Health education A. Strategies and plans for information, crisis communication, and health education on MERS-CoV† 5 2
B. MERS-CoV communication cooperation and coordination‡ 5 1
C. Joint implementation of MERS-CoV awareness and health education activities‡ 3 3

*MERS-CoV, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
†Statistical analysis was performed by institution.
‡Statistical analysis was performed by country.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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