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Participants were taken through the different components of risk management and risk prioritization, risk-based inspection and surveillance and rapid assessments, risk communication and project management.

Kenya Trains In-service Trainers for Risk Analysis

In the recent past, Kenya has had outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases like Rift Valley Fever (RVF), Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and common endemic diseases like rabies and anthrax. This calls for a workforce that is able to identify, manage, prevent and communicate risk using the One Health approach. Risk analysis training for government officers responsible for disease control and prevention will build capacity for prevention, detection and response to public health threats. 

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Mekelle Faculty During Orientation

Mekelle University Faculty Orientated in One Health Curriculum Integration

The integration of One Health core competence into existing courses of both undergraduate and postgraduate programs was conducted in Year III of One Health Workforce project. During the integration, only a small number of staff participated while many others who deliver the same courses were not able to attend.  It was however considered worth bringing all faculty who deliver integrated courses to have the same understanding of One Health core competencies.  In Year 4, all faculty involved in the delivery of the courses were oriented to sustain OH and to reach a wide OH future generation. 

The objectives of the orientation were; 1) to build the capacity of the faculty to ensure the delivery of the integrated courses, 2) to have common understanding among faculty about delivery of OH integrated courses and sustain OH in the teaching and learning processes in the university, 3) to support the institutionalization and sustainability of OH training in the system.

All the 36 staff who attended the orientation briefly presented their own courses integrated with OH core competencies. Below is the list of courses integrated with OH core competencies:

  1. Advanced Ecology course beneficiaries a staff who delivers the course and PG environmental health students.
  2. Health System Management(Public Health Officers course syllabus) – beneficiary UG and faculties who delivers the courses
  3. Principles of Health Service Management- beneficiary PG students and faculties who delivers the courses
  4. Epidemiology I for public health students beneficiary UG students and faculties who delivers the courses
  5. Veterinary Public Health- beneficiary UG veterinary students and faculties who delivers the courses
  6. Zoonotic and emerging diseases- beneficiary PG veterinary students and faculties who delivers the courses
  7. Veterinary epidemiology and economics- beneficiary PG veterinary students and faculties who delivers the courses

The discussion was very lively and many questions was raised and addressed by focal persons. Each course with OH competencies integrated was presented by the course custodians and the mode of delivery briefly discussed. Participants raised a lot of concerns (what effort was being done at ministry level?, does the integration affect load/credit and time of the course?, How can we integrate OH with community based education, does OH core competency need specialization?

The Jimma University OHCEA Focal Persons agreed to continue orientating staff on the same page in integrated course delivery

  • Interest of the staff was highly rewarding to in accepting the integrated courses and in OH concept in making difference in our ecosystem.
  • It was agreed that each department head and the dean take responsibility to follow up the implementation of the integrated courses.

Common understanding was developed about those specific courses integrated by OH core competency and their mode of delivery was thoroughly discussed.

The Focal Persons promised faculty to share the OH modules to use for further reference.

Mekelle University conducted a one-day workshop to orient faculty of the College of Health Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine in One Health curriculum integration. The orientation workshop conducted December 17th 2017, is the continuation of the training of trainers (ToT) training in One Health curriculum integration held at Wukro in August, 2017. Thirty two (32) faculty from veterinary medicine, environmental health, Public health, nursing, pharmacy, medicine and midwifery participated, working together on various One Health-related curricula to develop content that can enable them train students that can solve the challenges at the human-animal and environment interfaces. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Getachew Redae from Environmental Health, Dr. Abreha Tesfay and Berihun Afera from College of Veterinary Medicine.

Workshop participants during the orientation of faculty in One Health Curriculum Integration

Photo Credit: Berihun Afera

 

 

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.

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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 day workshop aiming at Orientation faculty of college of health sciences and veterinary medicine on one health curriculum integration on December 17/2017.

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Student One Health Innovations Club Established at Mekelle University

Mekelle University conducted a one day workshop to establish the Student One Health Innovations Club at College of Health Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine on December 10th 2017. During the workshop, presentations were made on the historical development of one health approach and One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network. The workshop objective was to establish strong and vibrant clubs that will be responsible in disseminating knowledge to wider communities through various community outreach programs and sensitization of the public about zoonotic diseases. One hundred (100) students from veterinary medicine, public health, environmental health, nursing and medicine participated in the workshop and committed themselves to work together to address the health challenges at the human-animal and environment interface. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Berihun Afera One Health Focal Person and Knowledge and Technology Transfer Officer at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Gebrehiwot Tadesse, OHCEA Board Member who is also Research and Postgraduate Director at Mekelle University.

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