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.

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 through multi-disciplinary research, training and community service. The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Montagne became a member of OHCEA in July 2015. A year later, OHCEA expanded the network in Cameroon by adding University of Buea’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. Following one year of implementation of the USAID funded One Health Workforce project in Cameroon, OHCEA was officially launched on 28th October 2016 at the Hotel Mont Febe in Yaoundé.

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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 future ‘pre-service’ workforce through improved education and training opportunities and enhanced partnerships. The One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) regional secretariat organized a regional (OH-SMART™) implementer training targeting senior faculty/activity leads and senior government representatives from Cameroon, Senegal, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and DRC. The meeting is held in Kampala starting today February 13th and will run up to 17th, 2017 at Kabira Country Hotel. Participants include government technocrats and academics from various disciplines.

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Expelling Bats from a Primary School in Kahendero, Kasese Municipality

During the OH Field Attachments in Kasese Municipality, a multidisciplinary team of about fifteen students Social Scientists (4), Environmental Health Scientists (2), Meteologist (1), Biomedical Laboratory Technologist (1), Telecommunications Engineer (1) Industrial and Organisational Psychologist (1), Soft Ware Engineer (1), Wild Life Conservationist (1), Veterinary Medicine (1), Medical Doctor (1) and Development Worker (1), Veterinarians, Environmental Health officers, Wildlife Health Management Officers, Medical Doctors and Social Scientists) encountered a problem of bats in Kahendero Primary School.

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Hand Washing: Examples of models delivered by the students on One Health Institute at Makerere University

Frequent Hand washing prevents spread of disease (such as Salmonella, respiratory infections, diarhoeal diseases) from one individual to another. It is also important that hands are washed properly using correct techniques, with clean water and soap. Where possible prevention of re-contamination of clean hands should be averted when turning off the faucet or taps.

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