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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...

Rwanda One Health Stakeholders conduct Workforce Needs Assessment Workshop to Identify Collaboration Gaps

The One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART) workshop was held to review the workforce technical and cross-sectoral training gaps in Rwanda and introduce the OH-SMART tool.

The workshop was opened by the Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Leiticia who thanked the organizers of the workshop and commended OHCEA and One Health Workforce/UMN for introducing the OH-SMART to Rwanda.

The Workforce Needs Assessment consultant, Dr. Rogers Bayingana presented an analysis of the workforce needs; a synthesis of information obtained from various policy documents, reports and research within the animal, human and environment sectors. He pointed out several sector-specific, cross-sectoral, institutional and other gaps identified during the assessment. This provided a good starting point for the participants to contribute more insights and discuss implications of the identified gaps and needs.
With the assessment findings presented and the participants now clear on where the country stands in terms of workforce needs, facilitators from the University of Minnesota presented the OH-SMART

The OH-SMART is a 6-step process to create detailed system maps used to identify gaps and opportunities, and strengthen system operations. For a practical approach to learning how the OH-SMART works, facilitators used the identified priority diseases for Rwanda. It was pointed out that OH-SMART allows cross-agency networks to create a shared understanding of the One Health system, and using an interactive mapping process, build consensus on best practices and standardized operating procedures for current and future cross-sectoral work and collaboration. The OH-SMART Process involves; identifying cross-sectoral networks, setting the stage through ‘key-stakeholder’ interviews, defining the system through process mapping, analyzing the system through multi-agency workshops, identifying opportunities to strengthen system operations and finally developing an implementation plan.

Several table-top and group activities were held to better explain the OH-SMART processes (for example cultural awareness and social styles exercises). In the end, participants were able to develop action plans for their specific group’s chosen priority disease.

As the workshop concluded, the following were some of the recommended next steps;

  • OHCEA, in partnership with USAID Preparedness and Response and the Rwanda National One Health Steering Committee plan for a validation workshop
  • Report to be finalized after validation workshop by Dr. Rogers Bayingana; the consultant and shared with USAID OHW/OHCEA.
  • The National One Health Steering Committee distributes widely the Workforce Planning report to all sectors to bring everybody on board
  • The process of drafting workforce planning outputs for scientific publications should commence
  • There were suggestions to have some of the action points in the Action Plan developed during the OH-SMART process taken on by EPT 2 partners during Year 4 implementation.
  • The One Health Steering Committee and partners should use the developed Action Plan to reach out to potential funding agencies to support unfunded actions. For instance, WHO, FAO (especially AMR); CDC and FAO (on FELTP-V), etc.
  • Participants proposed writing a multi-sectoral One Health grant.

    The workshop was closed by the Vice Chair of the Rwanda One Health Steering Committee, Dr Tony Mudakikwa. In his remarks, he thanked workshop organizers and facilitators from University of Minnesota, OHCEA, University of Rwanda and the local facilitators for a job well-done. He also expressed his gratitude and congratulated workshop participants from various government institutions and partners for their active participation and teamwork spirit. He urged members to continue this team spirit even beyond the workshop.

    He emphasized that though the OH SMART exercise was not an easy job, it was done in a professional way and it succeeded because both government and partner institution participants were satisfied with the workshop outcome. He promised that the Government of Rwanda, through the One Health Steering Committee will always be happy to work and provide its support for One Health initiatives.

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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
  • Support National agencies to build capacity and efficiency for surveillance, reporting systems and outbreak response in country and cross border

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