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Project highlights: November/December

The work of the USAID RESPOND project took CVM faculty and staff to Kenya, Rwanda, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, and Washington, D.C., in November and December. Activities included:

• Planning, lecturing, and developing a residency program in Uganda. Dr. Michael Mahero worked with university partners in Kampala, Uganda; gave a talk to third-year veterinary students on One Health challenges and opportunities; and coordinated a planning session for partnerships in pathology training. He and Drs. Innocent Rwego and Sylvia Wanzala prepared for the new One Health residency at Makerere University, advertising for the position, screening applicants, conducting interviews, and choosing three candidates: a local government veterinarian, a veterinarian with a non-governmental organization, and a nurse with public health interest.

• Working with a zoonotic disease unit in Kenya. Dr. Michael Mahero traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to meet with university partners.

• Meeting with One Health clubs, planning a workshop, teaching, and lecturing in Rwanda. Dr. Serge Nzietchueng met with members of a newly formed student One Health club, worked with a colleague at Umutara Polytechnic on a request for a quality assurance workshop, and gave lectures on epidemiology study design and participatory epidemiology to students in veterinary medicine, environmental health, nursing, and infection control. Drs. Innocent Rwego and Ann Apio, taught a two-week applied ecology course to about 70 veterinary students, and Drs. Rwego and Carolyn Garcia worked with the One Health Student Club.

• One Health University Network planning meeting in Thailand. Drs. Jeff Bender and John Deen attended the planning meeting of the Thailand One Health University Network and visited Chiang Mai University and Mahidol University.

• Training needs assessment and histoscanner meeting in Uganda. Dr. Innocent Rwego and others met in Kampala, Uganda, to finalize an in-service training needs assessment tool. The RESPOND office in Kampala hosted a second histoscanner stakeholders meeting to discuss a memorandum of understanding.

• One Health University Network meetings in Thailand and Vietnam. Drs. Bruce Alexander, John Deen, Karin Hamilton, Brett Hendel-Paterson, and Linda Olson Keller, along with Dr. Jennifer Steele from Tufts University, traveled to Thailand and Vietnam to meet with university colleagues from the Thailand One Health University Network and Vietnam One Health University Network. Dr. Deen presented a memorial lecture on Streptococcus suis.

• Global One Health Core Competency working group meeting in Washington, D.C. Drs. Karin Hamilton, Linda Olson Keller, Deb Olson, and Katey Pelican participated in the final Global One Health Core Competency working group meeting in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, Drs. Serge Nzietchueng and Innocent Rwego traveled to the University of Minnesota to spend a couple of weeks working with colleagues, and One Health Talk launched its new discussion platform. The topic for November was “A One Health Case Study: Brucellosis in Smallholder Livestock Keepers in Uganda.”


Update 11/19/2012

CVM faculty members, analysts, and residents involved with the RESPOND project spanned the globe in October, traveling to China, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uganda. Activities included:

•SEAOHUN One Health Core Competency Regional Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand. Karin Hamilton joined colleagues from Tufts University and Training Resources Group in hosting the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) One Health Core Competency Regional Workshop for three days in Bangkok.

•Veterinary public health residency program development, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Karin Hamilton met with Veerasak Punyapornwithaya at Chiang Mai University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to review a draft program guide for the upcoming veterinary public health residency program there.

•Asian Society of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine annual meeting/Asian Pacific Veterinary Conference, Bangkok, Thailand. Karin Hamilton and Dominic Travis attended the first Asian Pacific Veterinary Conference held in conjunction with the Asian Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations Congress, the Thai Association for Laboratory Animal Science Congress, and the meeting of the Asian Society of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

•EcoHealth 2012: Fourth Biennial Meeting of the International Society of Ecology and Health, Kunming, China. Katey Pelican and Dominic Travis represented the University of Minnesota at the meeting, where Dominic presented “Ten Years of Ecosystem Health in Gombe National Park, Tanzania” and Katey presented “Universities as One Health/EcoHealth Game Changers: Demonstrating How Public-Private-Academic Partnerships Can Advance Transdisciplinary Approaches.”

•Discovering an important interface for the One Health approach at Akagera National Park, Rwanda. Mac Farnham accompanied students and teaching faculty from Umatara Polytechnique in Rwanda to the Akagera National Park for an opportunity to explore an important interface between human, livestock, wildlife, and the environment.

•Jimma Intra-University Workshop, Ethiopia. Teaching faculty and deans representing departments of zoology, statistics, behavioral science, environmental health, veterinary medicine, pathology, nursing, community-based education, environmental science and technology, population and family health, animal science, agriculture and medical science came together to implement One Health at Jimma University in southwestern Ethiopia. Mac Farnham led a discussion on One Health advocacy.

•One Health Workshop, Kampala, Uganda. Sylvia Wanzala organized a One Health workshop at Makerere University and met with personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries, and Fisheries to discuss potential projects for One Health residents.

•Report on outbreak response capacity building and development of One Health university networks, University of Minnesota. Michael Mahero worked with Ugandan colleagues to create a report on their recent visit to the University of Minnesota. Over two weeks, they participated in an exchange program to establish outbreak response capacity building and development of One Health university networks. The team participated in the development of a proposal for a regional diagnostic lab to be based in Uganda, planned for the setup and collaborative use of a histopathology scanner, and rotated through areas of interest at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Update: October 22, 2012

EPT Report - October Update

UMN’s RESPOND Project progresses One Health university networks in Africa and SE Asia

The two networks (South East Asia One Health University Network [SEAOHUN] and One Health Central and Eastern Africa [OHCEA]) are building capacity to train individuals and institutions to collaborate together in addressing complex global issues. UMN efforts have helped establish and develop the networks, with many of our innovative programs being adapted and adopted in different global settings.

A first-of-its-kind One Health residency program at Makerere University in Uganda (based on the successful VPH residency program at the CVM) is now recruiting residents from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, DRC and Tanzania. The program has already received recognition and accolades, with a presentation on its development at the EcoHealth 2012 conference in Kunming, China just this past week.

Programs targeting collaborative training of veterinarians and nurses together in applied field experiences, are getting underway in Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC and Uganda.

Risk analysis courses and applied training are being requested by colleagues and counterparts from African and SE Asian countries, as are One Health advocacy, policy and leadership courses and trainings. In SE Asia an Emerging Zoonotic Disease course has already been conducted with faculty participation from CVM, with plans to expand the course to include additional univerisities. Wildlife disease surveillance and EcoHealth partnerships are additional areas of collaboration being requested from global partners.

UMN faculty from CVM, SPH and School of Nursing have been integral in the development of global One Health core competencies and domains, aiming to synergize One Health efforts around the globe. The core competencies provide valuable indicators of the affects and effects of adopting One Health concepts and approaches in curriculum, continuing education, and community based activities of and for health professionals.

If you are interested to learn more and participate in some of these groundbreaking activities around the world, please contact RESPOND PIs John Deen or Katey Pelican.

Update: September 24, 2012

In 2009, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the University of Minnesota a five-year cooperative agreement for the RESPOND project, largely because of Minnesota's demonstrated ability to address global disease challenges through collaboration across health disciplines and academic, government, and private sectors. Now, a team from the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), School of Nursing, School of Public Health (SPH), and Medical School have a lead role in USAID's Emerging Pandemic Threats RESPOND project, building One Health capacity in emerging disease hotspots around the globe. Current efforts are focused on developing One Health university networks in Africa and Southeast Asia by bringing together schools of veterinary medicine, public health, nursing, and human medicine from different universities to address complex challenges like emerging diseases in human and animal populations.

This past week in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, faculty from the CVM, SPH, and School of Nursing joined counterparts from schools of veterinary medicine and public health from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda to develop regional and national activities for the One Health Central and Eastern Africa network. As One Health networks are developed, other strengths are also being shared: faculty experience and expertise in collaborating across health disciplines, schools, and universities, as well as linking university service to government and private sectors. Benefits to the University include partnerships with individual faculty, schools, and universities to address global health challenges.

Together, these collaborative efforts are focusing on the development of One Health demonstration sites, training in risk analysis and experiential learning approaches, integrating disease surveillance across human and animal populations, synergizing One Health core competencies, developing One Health leadership skills, and more, with an eye toward long-term sustainable partnerships between universities and across countries. Stay tuned to learn more about exciting developments in One Health here at home and around the globe!

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