Talking Points for Sandra Clark, Deputy Chief of Mission Health Appreciation Event

Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening,

It is a pleasure for me to be here with you this evening.

I would like to reiterate Susan’s welcome and echo her thanks for attending this event.

I thank all of you for your daily dedication and commitment to improving health in this country.

The U.S. government is pleased to be a partner with so many outstanding local organizations and government agencies.

This evening we celebrate the great progress that Senegal has made in improving health outcomes for women and children.  We also celebrate the outstanding results in preventing and treating malaria, HIV and Ebola.

These achievements could not have been possible without your concerted efforts and great teamwork.

This same spirit of leadership and partnership helped Senegal to contain Ebola last year.

Now we are building on this same spirit of leadership and partnership as Senegal rolls out the Global Health Security Agenda to strengthen its approach to “One Health.”

“One Health” is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment.  “One Health” recognizes that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected.

The U.S. government welcomes the opportunity to support Senegal in its efforts to develop a “One Health” framework while also preventing, detecting, and fighting biological threats before they become epidemics.

I look forward to our continued collaboration to help strengthen Senegal’s health system to improve health outcomes and to reduce the risk of future infectious disease outbreaks.

Thank you again.  I hope you enjoy the evening.