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Students during the Zoonotic training at UDM

Cameroon Students Commend Training on Zoonotic Diseases

Building the future One Health workforce continues to be a major area of focus for OHCEA and its partners. In Cameroon, a two-day training on zoonotic diseases was conducted for undergraduate students of Université des Montagnes (UdM) from November 30 to December 1, 2017. The training was organized under the umbrella of the One Health Students Innovations Club (SOHIC). It was aimed at enhancing students’ One Health competencies specifically focusing on communication, community engagement and problem solving. The training focussed on two of the country’s priority zoonotic diseases i.e. Anthrax and Rabies. The other priority zoonotic diseases diseases are Ebola, TB, bird flu.

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Rwanda One Health Stakeholders conduct Workforce Needs Assessment Workshop to Identify Collaboration Gaps

The One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART) workshop was held to review the workforce technical and cross-sectoral training gaps in Rwanda and introduce the OH-SMART tool. The workshop was opened by the Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Leiticia who thanked the organizers of the workshop and commended OHCEA and One Health Workforce/UMN for introducing the OH-SMART to Rwanda.

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Infectious Diseases Management Training for University of Rwanda Finalist Students and members of the Students One Health Innovations Club

 The training was organized to equip finalist students of the University of Rwanda in the management of infectious diseases; detection, response and control. The July 7-day training was held at the Nyagatare Campus. One hundred and forty six (146) students attended the training.

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Supporting University Networks to Expand and Grow: OHCEA Tanzania in Resource Mobilisation capacity strengthening.

July 25th – 27th 2016, OHCEA Tanzania organized grant writing worked in Dar es Salaam. The workshop was conducted at the Giraffe Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The purpose of the workshop was to provide grant writing skills to key health professionals and practitioners who are faculty to MUHAS and SUA universities, and who are directly or indirectly involved with research on humans, animals (including wildlife) or both humans and animals as well as the environment in which they live and interact.

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Tanzania Experts Convene Strategy Development Workshop to address Workforce Gaps

Zoonotic diseases require a workforce that can efficiently and effectively coordinate and collaborate across human and animal health sectors for better prevention, detection and response. In order to articulate One Health workforce needs at a country level, Tanzania hired two consultants (one from human health sector and the second one from animal health sector) to synthesize existing workforce needs as articulated in national-level assessments, strategies and reports. Analysis was based on national and international standards, capacities and performance tools such as the Joint External Evaluation (JEE), the International Health Regulations (IHR) and the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) that provide essential information for understanding current workforce capacity.

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Senegal Conducts Anti-Microbial Resistance Training for Government Personnel and Providers to Improve their Effectiveness

The Global Action Plan (GAP) to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance is the model from which all countries can develop and implement national action plans (NAP).The resolution adopted by all Member States urges them to put in place a NAP which is consistent with GAP. Senegal has already drawn up a NAP which has been sent to different stakeholders for observations and suggestions.

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Tanzania takes the AMR war to primary school pupils in Kilosa Demonstration Site

It was a jovial moment when pupils in 40 primary schools in the Kilosa demonstration site of OHCEA Tanzania congregated at their schools to applaud for what they had attained after a successful sensitization on antibiotic resistance. This was one of the accomplishments of year three activities of OHCEA in Tanzania which included sensitization sessions for schools and communities on critical One Health issues.

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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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Integration of Content From The Infectious Diseases Management Module Into The Existing Courses At University Of Rwanda

Though Rwanda has been lucky that it has not yet experienced any outbreak of highly infectious diseases, there is no guarantee that it will never happen. Rwanda is a “hot spot” for emerging infectious diseases given that Rwanda shares borders with countries that have continuously had outbreaks of epidemic proportions such as Ebola, Yellow Fever, Rift Valley Fever, Foot and Mouth Disease, and given the high volumes of human traffic, animals and goods across land borders, the likelihood of an outbreak and spread of human and animal transmissible diseases from its neighbors is eminent with an expectation of  significant public health implications in a country that so far has the highest population density in the world.

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