OHCEA Institutions Strengthen Infectious Disease Prevention, Detection & Response in Africa.

Saturday, 3 October 2015 - 10:55pm

OHCEA(One Health Central and Eastern Africa)is working through the OHCEA institutions[1] to develop a work plan of activities for the financial year beginning in November, 2015-November, 2016.

Planning in all the OHCEA countries will be carried out between May-June, 2015. The proposed activities are geared at transforming the current workforce responsible for managing infectious diseases through increased support for training, research and community outreach opportunities for faculty and students.

OHCEA is a recipient of the new United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPTII) program five-year award administered through University of Minnesota and Tufts University.http://ohcea.org/?p=336

It is anticipated that through planned activities over the next 5 years, new graduates will enter all levels of the public health workforce with core competencies and skills for improving cross-sectoral coordination to prevent, detect, respond to and control emerging zoonotic diseases. Otheractivities through the two institutionswill strengthen government- university partnerships and enhance the translation of applied research into policy.

The work planning sessions being held in DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are being facilitated by representatives from the OHCEA universities and representatives from line ministries responsible for prevention, detection and response to infectious disease threats.

The workforce development activities of the OHCEA network through the OHCEA institutions would not have been possible without the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).