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    The Prince Mahidol Award Conference PMAC 2018

    OHCEA team presented key areas of work and achievements at the Prince Mahidol Annual Conference going on in Bangkok Thailand

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    Mekelle University students collecting information

    A multidisciplinary team of Mekelle University students collecting information related to One Health challenges from a household in Ashenge, the field attachment site for Mekelle University

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    Jimma University students interact with cattle traders

    Jimma University students interact with cattle traders and buyers in a cattle market at Deneba during a One Health Demonstration Site Field attachment

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    A household member tries out a handwashing facility

    A household member tries out a handwashing facility whose construction was demonstrated by Mekelle University students during the One Health Demonstration Site Field Attachment in Ashenge.

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    Multidisciplinary Students Engage Community Members

    Mekelle University multidisciplinary students engage community members in a talk to assess and educate them on One Health related issues and challenges in Ashenge. Students also shared some information materials on hygiene sourced from UNICEF Ethiopia.


Fellowship Announcement: The Makerere University One Health Institute Fellowship; Cohort 2018


Background:Increasing trends in disease outbreaks that result from animal-human-environment interactions, there is a new global paradigm of doing things togetherto solve health challenges. Multidisciplinary individuals with transformative knowledge and ability...

The Makerere University One Health Institute Field Attachment: Cohort 2018


Background:Due to Increasing trends in disease outbreaks that result from animal-human-environment interactions, there is a new global paradigm of doing things together to solve health challenges. Multidisciplinary individuals with transformative...

Training on Risk Analysis conducted at Mekelle University


One health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Mekelle Office through the support of USAID Fund has provided Training on Risk Analysis from December 28/2017 to January 1/2018.

Faculty Orientation on One Health Curriculum Integration Conducted at Mekelle University on December 17/2017


Mekelle University through the support of the Office of One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Office USAID Funded Project based at College of Veterinary Medicine has conducted a one...

One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Officially Launched in Cameroon.


OHCEA is a network of 21 Public Health and Veterinary Higher Education Institutions that are located in eight African countries including Cameroon. OHCEA’s main goal is to build capacity in...

One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit Training Regional Opens in Kampala


Response to emerging threats requires strong institutions that are supported in meeting government identified workforce needs that will influence the development of the current ‘in-service’ workforce and that of the...

The training was organized to equip finalist students of the University of Rwanda in the management of infectious diseases; detection, response and control. The July 7-day training was held at the Nyagatare Campus. One hundred and forty six (146) students attended the training.

The official opening was presided over by Dr. James Gashumba, the Coordinator of the University of Rwanda-Nyagatare campus. Also in attendance were the Dean and Deputy Dean of the School of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Martin Ntawubizi and Dr. Mwabonimana Francoise respectively), Deputy Dean School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Dr. Manasse Nzayirambaho) and staff from Huye, Nyagatare, Nyarugenge and Nyamishaba Campuses who facilitated the IDM Training

The goal of the training was to equip final year students with knowledge on causes and transmission of infectious diseases in order to be prepared for prevention and control through a multidisciplinary approach as future One Health workforce.

Dean Dr. Martin Ntawubizi applauded the Students’ One Health Innovations Club at the University of Rwanda for their engagement in community outreach and the impact created.  The training was divided into 6 modules and the main training approach was role plays, imitating the life cycle of some chosen infectious diseases to ensure that those without a biological background are aware of how diseases are transmitted and how these can be tackled through multidisciplinary collaboration.

The students were taken through systems thinking module to develop their capacities to think in a broader system interaction in solving infectious diseases and to provide practical strategies useful for field investigations of disease outbreaks.

The Foundation Module introduced to participants the basic principles of preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease outbreaks in the context of One Health.  It examined various important infectious diseases of humans and animals to help students understand the fundamentals of infectious disease ecology and their impact on humans, animals and the environment.

In Risk Communication, participants were introduced to the requisite skills and abilities in communications, team building, and change management for effective risk communication and key messaging, executive summation, documentation and influence without causing public panic.

The Society and Gender module exposed participants to how the diverse social norms, values, gender roles and practices among individuals (male, female or youth) and community on the whole can affect and influence infectious disease management.

Participants were visited by staff from Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) Epidemic Surveillance and Response Division; Dr. Leonard and Jose Nyamusore). Their presentations focused on what an outbreak management implies and how Rwanda conducts surveillance regarding infectious disease outbreaks.

For the practical aspects, participants were taken through the procedure of donning and putting off a PPE (below) while trying to contain an infectious disease like Ebola and other very fast-spreading infectious diseases.

A presentation on how to develop case studies was given and later students grouped into different teams, each given a disease that they had to develop through role plays in order to understand how disease outbreaks can be contained through a multidisciplinary collaboration while engaging various stakeholders.

Two students, Faustin Ntezimama from School of Nursing and Midwifery, Nyarugenge Campus and Devota Nyirantezimana from Nyarugenge campus in the School of Public Health in Nutrition Department scored the highest marks 97% and 90% respectively. The Focal Person of OHCEA-CAVM granted them a one-week trip to the Akagera National Park.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Gashumba reminded the participants that the IDM Training was an opportunity to learn and network as undergraduate students. 

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  • Strengthen a Growing Institutional network in terms of leadership, governance, technical assistance and information sharing across countries in order to transform OHCEA to deliver One Health
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