The meeting brought together several universities from the East and Central Africa Region as well as US universities with the aim to present One Health’s Central and Eastern Africa work to potential partners and development agencies. USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Preparedness Programme supports this initiative.
About One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA)
One Health’s (OH) vision is to be a leader in approaches to sustainable health for healthy productive animals, prosperous communities and productive ecosystems. OHCEA’s mission is to drive transformational change for continuous improvement of health and well-being of humans, animals, and ecosystems through multidisciplinary research, training and community service.
OHCEA is a network of seven public health and seven veterinary Higher Education Institutions that are located in 6 countries in the Eastern and Central African region. These include: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. OHCEA activities are derived from the overall goal of generating future leaders that have the capacity to address complex health challenges using the One Health Approach.
The Universities involved in OHCEA are: Jimma University School of Public health, Jimma University School of Veterinary Medicine, Mekelle University of Veterinary Medicine, University of Kinshasa School of Public Health, Lubumbashi School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi School of Public Health, University of Nairobi Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Moi University School of Public Health, National University of Rwanda School of Public Health, Umutara Polytechnic Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences School of Public Health and Social Sciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture, faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University, faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Makerere School of Public Health. OHCEA believes in building strategic and synergistic partnerships. The University of Minnesota and Tufts University are major US partners, who have supported OHCEA in providing technical support for programme implementation.
4.1. Population dynamics – population pressure is putting greater demands on the animal environment.
4.2. Urbanization – according to some studies, by 2050, most countries will have over 50% of their populations living in cities.
4.3. Household wealth is increasing which means increasing consumption of protein. Also the economy is increasingly consumer driven
4.4. Trade is becoming more and more globalized
4.5. Water availability – more and more countries are being stressed with water availability.
5.1. The idea is to use one of the most stable institutions in a country (universities), to change the mindsets in faculty, curriculum development, research, education, leadership, etc…
5.2. We want to end the “silo” way of working (and thinking!) between sectors.
5.3. OH secretariats have been incorporated as non-profit organizations.
5.4. South East Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) has been set up and does work similar to OHCEA.
5.5. A One Health competency framework has been developed to help define and understand what’s needed to drive the OH approach
5.6. A curriculum mapping exercise has been carried out to assess current curriculums and identify opportunities for incorporating a OH approach to curriculums.
A quote that captured my attention: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” Albert Einstein.
GIZ contact: Huzeifa Bodal (Huzeifa.Bodal@giz.de)2014-07-07
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