Cameroon.   DRC(Congo).    Ethiopia.     Kenya.    Uganda.    Rwanda.    Tanzania .   Senegal.

About us

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).  

What One Health is

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. 

Strategic Goals

  • 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

Our Vision

A global leader in One Health approaches to sustainable health for healthy; productive animals, prosperous communities and productive ecosystems.


Our mission

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.  

OHCEA story

OHCEA is an international network of ten public health, ten veterinary higher education institutions and one pathobiology institute that are located in 14 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.

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