One Health Central and Eastern Africa Board of Directors (BoD) visits the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Secretariat in Kampala-Uganda

Friday, 16 October 2015 - 2:03pm

The Board of Directors (BoD) of the OHCEA network, paid a courtesy call to the OHCEA secretariat during the 15th Board Meeting held in Kampala, Uganda from 15-16 October, 2015. The BoD held a one hour meeting with staff; during which a cake cutting celebration was held to welcome the BoD to the Secretariat and remember OHCEAs birth five years ago.

 

One Health Central and Eastern Africa was established on 17 October,  2010 at a historic meeting facilitated by USAID with participants drawn from the seven schools of Public Health, seven Faculties of Veterinary Medicine, US partner universities (Tufts University and University of Minnesota), and RESPOND project staff. The network recruited two staff, a Program Manager and an Administrator housed in one room at the Makerere School of Public Health. The challenge then was establishing structures at the Secretariat and at the six country offices manned by dedicated Focal Persons and Administrators, with support from a Fixed Obligation Grant from RESPOND project. One of the immediate achievements was bringing together Deans of Public Health Schools and Faculties of Veterinary Medicine in each country.  

OHCEA has grown tremendously in the last five years. OHCEA full time staffing levels have increased from 2 members of staff at the regional secretariat to 10 staff and 6 full time country administrators in each of the OHCEA countries. OHCEA has increased its reach from 6 countries of Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Rwanda to West Africa, with the addition of Cameroon as the newest member of the network. OHCEA is currently funded by the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats II Programme - One Health Workforce Project through its partners, the University of Minnesota and Tufts University. OHCEA continues to build its regional secretariat and country level financial and organizational capability and has been able to attract additional funding. OHCEA will continue to equip the current and future health leaders, who will have the capacity to address current and future global health challenges through the One Health approach.