The One Health Workforce (OHW) project is working towards developing a collaborative workforce that is prepared to prevent, detect, control, and respond to the threat of infectious diseases and zoonoses around the world, in part, by employing the strengths of universities in One Health core competencies and skills. It is part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT2) program. The focus of EPT2 is cross-sectoral disease surveillance, training, and outbreak response.
The One Health approach aims to: 1) strengthen training, collaboration, partnerships, and educational programs; 2) support governments, civil societies, and communities by developing the skills of a wide range of professionals and empowering them to help control and respond to emerging pandemics.
With funding from USAID, the University of Minnesota and Tufts University provide technical support for program implementation in collaboration with two regional university networks; One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network and the Southeast Asia One Health University (SEAOHUN) network. The overall goals of this collaboration are to enhance One Health policy formation and implementation and contribute to improved capacity of countries to respond to any emerging pandemics in the region. The Tufts University OHW team specifically supports the networks to assist government ministries to train the current and future One Health workforce and engage governments and key partners to define One Health workforce needs. Tufts also supports universities to strengthen faculty capacities for One Health teaching, research, and community outreach.
OHCEA is a network of 16 universities and 24 institutions of public health, veterinary medicine, pathobiology, global health and environmental science in 8 countries across the Eastern, Central and Western Africa region. By promoting sustainable development, productive animals and balanced ecosystems, OHCEA seeks to expand the human resources base needed to detect and respond to potential pandemic disease outbreaks, and increase integration of animal, wildlife, and human disease surveillance and outbreak response systems.
SEAOHUN is comprised of 67 universities and 120 faculties of medicine, nursing, public health, and veterinary medicine in four countries in Southeast Asia. SEAOHUN has successfully implemented its mission in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam and has recently begun its operation in the expansion countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar with the support of USAID, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and U.S Department of State. SEAOHUN works to enhance academic partnerships and One Health Workforce capacity building.
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