The One Health Education and Research project is funded by NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) through the NORHED II Programme (Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development).
The project core concept "One Health" is a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach - working at local, regional, national, and global levels - to achieve optimal health and well-being recognizing the interconnections between humans, animals, and their shared environment. The approach is used to design and implement programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes.
The project brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium from The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI), the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Addis Ababa University (AAU), and the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) to address the gaps in the training of One Health professionals at AAU (Ethiopia) and MUST (Malawi). The novel training program will serve as a model for adaptation and upscaling to other countries in the region.
Project implementation strategy
Pillar 1 – One Health Curriculum development
- The curriculum will be designed around key One Health framework and implement in AAU and MUST
Pillar 2 – Capacity building for the staffs and students of AAU and MUST
- One Health Master's program (40 students - home-based and south-south mobility).
- One Health PhD program (7 students - home-based and south-north mobility).
- Postdoc (3 - home-based and south-north mobility).
- Sheard term training for laboratory technicians
- Short term project management training.
- Short term financial and administrative capacity training.
Pillar 3 – Implementation One Health research in Addis Ababa and Blantyre
The One Health research entitled "The Urban-Suburban Nexus of food, water, energy, housing, and waste management towards One Health approach " will be implemented considering Addis Ababa and Blantyre as a project area and the health challenge in the project area will be the base for the research project of Masters, PhD, and postdoc research fellows.
Pillar 4 – Engagement with relevant stakeholders, and dissemination of knowledge
Build a network with key stakeholders and provide effective dissemination of the project results - create networking and MoUs with strategic partnerships, development of knowledge hubs, publications and policy briefs, seminars, workshops, conferences, and publication in peer-reviewed journals and books.
Pillar 5 – Enhancing system, infrastructure and equipment's for One Health education & research
Improve institutional system, infrastructure and equipment that give better access to education and research facilities, increase the opportunities for effective teaching/learning, and facilitates equitable access and inclusion.
Establishment of Learning Management Systems (LMS) (Smartboard), provision of laptops, internet connectivity, books, and relevant laboratory equipment are the main outputs.
Project Organisational Structure
The target groups include
Students, academic and research staffs, management and administration staff, technical staff of Addis Ababa University and Malawi University of Science and Technology.
Vulnerable populations such as female students, students and staff with disdisabilities, people living with albinism and people living with HIV and AIDS.
Relevant actors, policymakers and practitioners involved in the broad perspective of health and resource management (municipalities, public health institutions, urban agriculture sector, water authority, environmental authorities, energy generators, distributors and regulators).
The public (urban and suburban dwellers).
The scientific community (regional, national, and global).