Massey University is implementing a new One Health capacity building program entitled Integrating Education and Action for One Health.
The Program is being offered in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal from April 2014 to March 2017, funded by the European Commission under the One Health Programme in Asia (EuropeAid/133708/C/ACT/Multi).
The overall objective of the program is to further strengthen collaborative approaches to the investigation and control of zoonotic diseases among the human, animal, and wildlife health sectors through education and joint action.
A core component is a fully integrated One Health Epidemiology Fellowship Program in which participants from the human health, animal health, and wildlife sectors undertake Master’s degree training in epidemiology and biosecurity, and apply that training in a collaborative One Health framework. Working with key collaborating organisations from each sector in each country, Fellows will conduct situation assessments and evaluate surveillance and control strategies for priority zoonotic diseases in using a multi-sectoral approach.
In parallel, Massey University will develop and evaluate novel software tools that include economic analyses, to be used by the participants for evaluating appropriate One Health strategies in their countries across a broad range of disease epitypes.
Towards the end of the program, Fellows will also work with partner organisations in their own countries to adapt the teaching materials and epidemiological approaches learned to in-country training needs of public health, animal health and wildlife health workers and students in medical and veterinary schools and other national institutions involved with managing zoonotic diseases (train-the-trainers component).
The program will be undertaken by six participants in each of the four participating countries (24 participants in total), comprising two public health, two animal health and two wildlife health participants, beginning on 15 September 2014.
The program will continue to support and strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration at both national and regional levels within South Asia through the One Health Hubs and One Health Network–South Asia developed under the previous One Health program funded by the European Commission through the Avian and Human Influenza Trust Fund, administered by the World Bank.
Hubnet and the One Health Hubs and One Health Network–South Asia will provide the core vehicles for dissemination of new information within and between the participating countries, and to other countries in the region.
This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Massey University.