OHCEA: Uganda One Health Institute - Mak Chapter 2018

Event Date
Monday, 4 June 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 15 August 2018 - 5:00pm
Event Info

The School of Public Health, Makerere University (MakSPH) and College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) have since 2011, had a joint effort to advance the One Health concept. This has been through fronting the One Health Education model on inter-disciplinary education  in an effort to address global health security.

The 2018 cohort for the One Health Institute is due to start on 4th June, 2018 involving an inter-disciplinary student intake of 55 undergraduates and 10 graduates from eight colleges in Makerere University selected competitively. There will be participants from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in this cohort.

The One Health Institute will carry out an 8-day didactic course (4th -13th June 2018) to create awareness on One Health concepts, Leadership in Infectious Disease Management, Gender Associate Risk, Antimicrobial Resistance, Bio-risk Management, Health Policy Analysis and Outbreak Investigation and Community Entry & Engagement. We will have a Public Seminar on 4th June 2018 in the Media Hall with keynote speakers on importance of One Health, GHSA, Uganda National One Health Platform, Animicrobial Resistance in our community etc.

Subsequently, undergraduate students in teams of about 20 students will then interact with communities in Mbale, Butaleja, Tororo and Soroti Districts for 14-days (17th - 30th June 2018). In this environment the students in collaboration with the community shall identify and assess the health challenges. The students shall be exposed to some elements of the One Health approach and their practical application. They will be given an opportunity to apply and improve on technical knowledge and skills in contributing to solving complex health challenges in these communities. In addition this will improve on the students skills in communication and social (team) skills with various stakeholders.

One the other hand, the graduate students will be given fellowship placements of a duration of 60-days (15th June to 15th August, 2018). The targeted institutions which have institutionalized and practice the One Health approach include the MAAIF/FAO-ECTAD project, the Uganda National One Health Platform (NOHP), Ministry of Health (National Laboratory Systems Network), FHI-360, Amref Health Africa, among others.

Selection of undergraduate participants for the OHI, 2018 cohort was competitive and took place on 26th April and 1st May 2018. Briefly the number of undergraduate participants  from the different colleges are as follows:

CHS    9    CoVAB    9    CAES    8    and  CHUSS    8

It is assumed that the above four colleges provide the core of responders during public health challenges and thus take a larger share the participants. While the other colleges have the following numbers:

CoBAMS    4    MUBS    1    CEDAT    4    CoNAS     4    CoCIS     3

The graduate fellows from Makerere University have primary degrees in the following areas: B. Environmental Health Science, B.Sc., B.A. Social Sciences, B. Information Technology, B. Animal Production and Management, B.Sc. Environmental Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

For more information contact:
Dr. Peninah Nsamba (One Health Focal Person - CoVAB)
Department of Biomolecular Resources and Biolab Sciences
School of Biosecurity and Laboratory Sciences (SBLS)
College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB)
e-mail: nsamba@covab.mak.ac.ug
Tel +256-772-420553

Event Venue
College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
Category by Unit
College of Veterinary Medicine, animal resources and bio-security
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Dr. Peninah Nsamba (One Health Focal Person - CoVAB), Department of Biomolecular Resources and Biolab Sciences, School of Biosecurity and Laboratory Sciences (SBLS), College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), e-mail: nsamba[at]covab.mak.ac.ug, Tel +256-772-420553