Jimma University Faculty Receive Training in Gender, One Health and Infectious Disease

The Gender & One Health infectious disease training was conducted in November 2016 at Jimma University. The purpose of the training was to build the capacity of the faculty in the Faculty of Public Health and School of Veterinary Medicine on Gender, One Health and Infectious Disease so that they will integrate them in their day-to-day activities, mainly teaching, research and community service.

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Jimma University One Health Students’ Innovations Club Conducts Case Competitions on Brucellosis

One of the most vibrant components of the One Health Workforce (OHW) project in Ethiopia is the One Health Students’ Innovations Club.  OHCEA Ethiopia has a strong population of students from different disciplines who form the One Health Students’ Innovations Club (OHSIC).  In Jimma University, the OHSIC has more than 330 members who have participated in promoting multidisciplinary collaboration. 

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One Health Workforce Project Ethiopia attends EPT 2 Partners’ Meeting

One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Ethiopia OHW project, represented by Dr. Berihun Afera, Focal Person from Mekelle University, attended a consultative workshop of various EPT stakeholders including government officials. The workshop was led by State Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Misrak at Addis Ababa, FAO Meeting Hall.

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What Seemingly small things can do to a Young Professional Seeking to Grow

I extend my sincere thanks to you, One Health Students Club MakerereUniversity and the entire staff of OHCEA Uganda office for training mein disease outbreak response and later giving me an opportunity toparticipate in Rift Valley Fever investigation in Kabale.Thank you for giving me a chance through Ms. Doreen Birungi to workwith colleagues outside my profession. It was really nice and veryinteresting to operate with medical personnel, social mobilisers, andpsychologists on the same team in the field. My teamworkskills, Social skills and Reporting skills greatly improved during theexercise and seriously it is one of the exercises I will never forget.Furthermore, I would wish to bring it to your notice that I receivedmy entire stipend and once again give credit to OHCEA for thetransparency in every activity organized 

Ronald was part of the Rift Valley Outbreak Response Team

Ethiopian “One Health” Club Engages High School Students for Rabies Eradication Campaign

In April 2013, in Aynalem Village, located in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, a rabid dog bit two cows and three people. Around the same time, several hyenas, suspected of having rabies, were found dead. In a separate incident in 2003, several hundred endangered Ethiopian wolves, the world’s rarest canid, died of suspected rabiesRabies, an infectious disease that can be passed from animals to humans and fatal without timely treatment, is an emerging epidemic in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has one of the highest reported per capita rates of human rabies deaths in the world, with approximately 15,000 deaths annually.

One contributing factor is a lack of public awareness about rabies, including the need for post-exposure treatment and for vaccinating domestic dogs, which are the primary disease carriers.

Jimma University in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region is part of the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network. Formed through a USAID project, the network encourages university student clubs to engage multiple disciplines to solve public health threats which stem from humans and animals sharing an environment together and to equip students with the knowledge, mindset, and skills to work with communities to address infectious diseases, like rabies. Jimma University’s student club was established in October 2015 with 140 students from medicine, veterinary, environmental science, agriculture, and public health sectors. The One Health approach recognizes that the health of animals, humans and the environment are inter-linked. Therefore, confronting health threats requires collaboration across sectors.

To address Ethiopia’s rabies problem, Jimma University’s One Health Student Club initiated a campaign called “Eradicate Rabies in Ethiopia.” Because teenagers care for domestic dogs in most communities in Ethiopia, the campaign decided to educate high school students about rabies.

In its first rabies awareness effort, the student club targeted Seto High School in January 2016, reaching 500 students, mostly 9th and 10th graders. The Jimma University students prepared brochures and posters about the causes, effects, transmission, and control of rabies.

The club members distributed brochures and shared rabies information with their high school counterparts. One of the student club members, Atsede Milashu, read a poem on rabies and its dangers. The Jimma University students also communicated information on the One Health approach to prevent and respond to emerging pandemics.

“Our vision is to reach students from primary to secondary schools informing them about One Health and infectious disease prevention. We believe that students impact their families and communities” said Gelan Kuse, president of the student club.

This is just the first step for the Jimma University student club. They plan to take the rabies campaign nationwide to other communities in Ethiopia, including vaccination control of stray dogs and adding other infectious diseases like tuberculosis, brucellosis and Ebola. Student club members also plan to assist other high schools in initiating their own One Health student clubs to address public health threats at the animal-human-environment interface. Through this process, the student club members are building their skills and competencies in emergency preparedness and response, getting ready to fight the next pandemic.

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