PREDICT, a project of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) program was initiated in 2009 to strengthen global capacity for prevention, detection and response to infectious disease threats and discovery of zoonotic viruses with pandemic potential. The project is investigating the behaviors, practices, ecological and biological factors driving disease emergence, transmission, and spread.
One Health Workforce-OHCEA, PREDICT Kenya, FAO, and P&R jointly conducted a One Health activity in Laikipia- Kenya in commemoration of the Kenya One Health Week. The outreach activity sought to address One Health challenges in Laikipia and at the same time build capacity of the workforce to identify, prevent and respond to disease outbreaks. The outreach was conducted 2nd– 3rdFebruary 2018.
The activity was designed with the objective of;
- Building capacity of the workforce to identify, prevent and respond to disease outbreaks
- Showcasing previous One Health Student community outreach activities.
- Sensitizing graduate students and faculty on Zoonoses and Antimicrobial Resistance
- Strengthening One Health core competencies among the students
- Addressing identified One Health challenges in Laikipia
- Equipping locals with the necessary skills to identify potential danger arising out of inadequate management of animals or the environment.
The activity equipped 15 postgraduate students from the University of Nairobi and Moi University with knowledge and skills required to address One Health challenges. Students came from several disciplines, including veterinary medicine, veterinary and human public health, animal nutrition, nursing and wildlife management.
The activity also sensitized 100 local community members on One Health.
As a result of this outreach, linkages were built with researchers whose work focuses on human-livestock-wildlife interface; 100 community members in Lelkiji were introduced to One Health concept; 60 children were given reading materials on the One Health concept; research areas were identified in Laikipia community; 15 postgraduate students were trained on zoonotic disease outbreak investigation; the trainers from OHCEA networked and carried out joint training in line with One Health good practice. A One Health postgraduate club was started.
The trainers involved in the activity included university faculty, staff from FAO, PREDICT and P&R.
The team realised the need to engage more professionals in this kind of activity, like journalists, arid land resource managers and biologists, among others.
As a follow-on the students are expected to participate in One Health intervention initiatives and community extension services. The team intends to carry out an evaluation of the impact the activity had on the community.
Students and partners engage the community in Laikipia