One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) is an international network of twelve public health, ten veterinary higher education institutions, one institute of environmental sciences and one pathobiology institute that are located in 16 universities in 8 countries in Eastern, Central and Western African region. The countries are: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The countries are: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Universities included in OHCEA are: Universite des Montagnes and University of Buea (Cameroon), University of Lubumbashi and University of Kinshasa (DRC), Jimma University, Addis Ababa University and Mekelle University (Ethiopia), Moi University and University of Nairobi (Kenya), Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), University of Rwanda (Rwanda) and Makerere University (Uganda).
The One Health approach recognizes that human health, animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, and that collaboration across the sectors is needed to achieve more rapid, mutually beneficial and effective responses.
Started in 2010 by a group of One Health visionaries in 5 institutions in the region, the network has grown and spread to more areas of the African continent bringing on board more institutions.
OHCEA’s strategic approach is leveraging on national, regional and international partnerships to enhance One Health surveillance, reporting and response capacity development; One Health innovations infrastructural development; knowledge management and information sharing and science-education-policy-practice interface.
The network works with governments and professional associations in the region including veterinary, nursing, public health and medical associations. At the global level, the network collaborates with universities in the US; Tufts University, University of Minnesota, Tulane University and Sandia National Laboratories (USA) among others.
The universities in OHCEA are collaborating to build One Health capacity and academic partnerships between the member institutions in the region and with governments. The overall goal of this collaboration is to enhance One Health policy formation and implementation at various levels, in order to contribute to improved capacity of countries to respond to any emerging pandemics in the region. The OHCEA networks’ vision is ‘to be a global leader in One Health, promoting sustainable health for prosperous communities, productive animals and balanced ecosystems. OHCEA seeks to expand the human resource base needed to detect and respond to potential pandemic disease outbreaks, and increase integration of animal, wildlife and human disease surveillance and outbreak response systems, through innovative pre-service and in-service programs.
OHCEA is strategically positioned to attract more partnerships and collaborations globally in its quest to become a global leader in One Health capacity building.
- 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
- Provide both pre- service, in-service and community education, training and outreach to expand the size and capabilities of One Health workforce
- Build and leverage strategic partnerships with other organizations and networks for mutual awareness and benefits
- Strengthen infrastructure capacity and facilitate resource sharing to support One Health implementation
- Generate evidence based data and share information to advance training, science and practice, and to inform policy
A global leader in One Health approaches to sustainable health for healthy; productive animals, prosperous communities and productive ecosystems.
To drive transformational change for continuous improvement of health and well being of humans, animals and ecosystems through multi-displinary research, training and community service.