Looking to the future of global health, beyond the pandemic

Experts around the world working in the fields of animal, human and environmental health will celebrate One Health Day on November 3 to educate the public about the benefits of a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to preventing, detecting and responding to public health threats . The One Health approach has made significant progress in addressing a wide range of public health concerns, including antimicrobial resistance, food safety, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, and COVID-19.

To recognize the importance of One Health Day and the experts working globally to prevent the next pandemic, Ohio State’s Global One Health Initiative (GOHi) is organizing a panel discussion, “What’s Next: Rethinking One Health After the Pandemic,” that will virtually and in person at the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium on November 3 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. EDT. Participating Ohio State experts include: Michael Bisezzi, College of Public Health; Sharon Santoso Clark, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center; Rebecca Garabed, College of Veterinary Medicine; Donal O’Matuna, College of Nursing; and Rafael Felipe da Costa Vieira, College of Veterinary Medicine, Federal University of Paraná.

For more than a decade, GOHi has been at the forefront of implementing One Health, mobilizing faculty, staff and students from 13 colleges to improve health, build capacity, address the spread of disease and highlight the connection between people, animals and the environment in Ohio and around the world.

“The Global One Health paradigm is a proactive approach that builds institutional capacity to proactively prepare and prevent the emergence and emergence of biological and chemical hazards. Such a proactive approach is known to be cost-effective and will save a large number of lives and improve livelihoods every year,” said Wondwossen Gebreyes, Executive Director of GOHi. “Our priority is to strengthen and accelerate its high-impact, integrated approach to capacity building through training, applied research, implementation, dissemination and community engagement. This has a mutually beneficial impact, as solving our planet’s complex challenges requires it.”

As a result of GOHi’s numerous initiatives and advances in the area of ​​One Health and the growing interest and recognition of the importance of One Health worldwide, Gebreyes regularly participates in international committees and advisory groups and gives presentations at universities. His involvement with One Health spans the globe and he is currently Chairman of the The USAID One Health Workforce External Advisory Board is a member of the Zoonotic Outbreak Committee of the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and later this month will participate in the World One Health Congress in Singapore.

GOHi achievements for 2022 include:

  • Expanded Advanced Laboratory Capabilities for Molecular Diagnostics in Ethiopia. Using funding from US federal sources, GOHi and partners established these laboratories located in five regions in Ethiopia. This will strengthen the nation’s disease surveillance and response system by enabling the detection of infectious diseases such as influenza, COVID-19, and other pathogens of public health concern. GOHi not only sets up laboratories, but the team also trains laboratory staff and supervisors at the health center level to identify samples and test potential pathogens to prevent future pandemics. These new laboratories enable Ethiopia’s health system to be resilient and to better monitor, detect, identify, report and respond to epidemics and pandemics.
  • Trained current and future One Health practitioners, including laboratory workers, physicians and epidemiologists through the Global One Health Summer Institute. Over the past 10 years, GOHi and Ohio State faculty have trained more than 4,100 One Health practitioners from a variety of disciplines, including public health, veterinary medicine, medicine, agriculture, social science, data science, and more. This year’s Summer Institute, held from July 11 to September 30, included more than 70 trainers from five countries, including the United States (50), Ethiopia (11), the United Kingdom (6), Kenya (20), and Chile (2). These experts have presented training modules and workshops to a wide variety of audiences around the world, including the US, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • He is working with faculty at the University of Nairobi to establish a master’s program in bioethics. This project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will train future One Health practitioners and prepare them to consider ethical, social, and legal issues in health care decision-making.
  • GOHi and the Ohio State community hosted 27 presidents and vice presidents of Ethiopian universities for a leadership, governance and management project sponsored by the US State Department. This cross-sector activity is critical to strengthening leadership capabilities and facilitating partnerships critical to the effective delivery of One Health’s complex capacity-building activities in Ethiopia.

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