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Ohio State Global One Health initiative (GOHi) – USA - Friday, December 15, 2017


Ohio State Global One Health initiative (GOHi) – USA

Columbus, Ohio (USA)



he Ohio State University’s Global One Health initiative (GOHi) is the university’s largest interdisciplinary example of institutional teamwork operating on a global scale. GOHi improves the health of communities, build’s capacity among public health professionals and provides learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff and scientists in academic settings around the world. Founded in 2009 by a team of diverse faculty at Ohio State, GOHi actively helps those in need across the United States, Eastern Africa, Central and South America and Southeast Asia.

GOHi’s mission is to expand capacity globally for One Health via applied education, training, research and outreach to more efficiently and effectively address causes and effects of diseases at the interface of humans, animals, plants and the environment. Achieving these goals will fulfill GOHi’s ultimate vision to have capable professionals and institutional systems working together to support and advance a healthy, enduring global community. With these strategies in place, GOHi believes the One Health approach can be a model for academic institutions to develop systems to effectively build capacity for other complex issues such as climate change, food security and many other challenges facing the world today.

“The future of One Health is becoming more and more critical because of current global dynamics. The human population is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and that is associated with increased urbanization and deforestation,” said GOHi Executive Director, *Professor Wondwossen Gebreyes. “All of those factors have potential to increase the devastating impact of disease.”

GOHi activities and events within the past year have included:

  • Coordinating and managing a successful 6th annual One Health Summer Institute in Addis Ababa during in 2017. The annual institute involves numerous faculty from Ohio State and regional partners delivering modular training, workshops, training and applied research opportunities. 

  • Opening its first regional office in Eastern Africa in Addis Ababa. The office will enable GOHi to better address the issues of One Health in the region. Numerous dignitaries from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, the United States and Ohio State attended the official opening ceremony and celebrated its registration as an international NGO by the Ethiopian Charities and Societies Agency.

  • Partnering with the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil and University of Nottingham, UK as part of the Global Innovation Initiative (funded by the U.S. Department of State ) to offer extensive training, events and research projects on global antimicrobial resistance issues including genomics, transmission dynamics, intervention and prevention. With new funding from the Brazilian government, the partnership is expanding in a broader area of antimicrobial resistance capacity building.


  • Working with institutions and universities in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to establish a One Health Eastern Africa research training (OHEART) program focusing on food, water and vector-borne pathogens. With additional funding through the NIH Fogarty International Center, GOHi is committed to narrowing the gap in scientific knowledge, research capacity, technology transfer and networking, using digital systems.


  • Achieving success with its Curriculum Twinning Program in Veterinary Medicine Assessment in Ethiopia through funding by the World Organization for Animal Health. GOHi is working with 11 veterinary colleges to assess, revise and update core veterinary medicine curriculums. Plans are to expand the twinning program to other countries and One Health areas.


  • Enrolling participants for the USAID Challenge TB: WHIP3 TB Collaboration with KNCV and Aurum Institute in a clinical trial. Already 878 eligible patients have been enrolled in Ethiopia to optimize TB treatment protocols for HIV positive individuals.  

  • Working on global health security to prevent priority zoonotic diseases (rabies and Brucellosis) and antimicrobial resistance in Ethiopia. This is a cooperative agreement with the CDC and key Ethiopian public health institutes. This past year alone, GOHi, alongside its Ethiopian partners and the CDC, vaccinated over 8,000 dogs in Addis Ababa and trained over 70 physicians and public health practitioners.


  • Collaborating on Epstein-Barr virus cancer research with the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Addis Ababa Black Lion Hospital, researching the prevalence of EBV associated cancer in HIV positive individuals and setting the groundwork for vaccine research in the future.


  • Coordinating and managing the 4th biannual International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface in Doha, Qatar with partners around the world. The congress had over 250 participants from 30 countries attending. The congress connects international partners and world experts in One Health to accelerate global capacity and knowledge-sharing to reduce the burden of disease, environmental hazards and their risk factors. Currently ICOPHAI has more than 2,100 subscribers from 304 institutes across the globe.


  • Collaborating with the Center for Drug Discovery, Addis Ababa University (project lead) and multiple African countries to identify new therapeutics.


  • Expanding work on whole genome sequencing of foodborne pathogens through its partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Genome Trakr Network, a data bank that provides public health officials and researchers the ability for real time comparison and analysis. Through their collaboration with GOHi, institutions in Mexico, Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Thailand are all contributing data to the network.


    GOHi looks forward to 2018 and continuing to build capacity for One Health locally, nationally and internationally.


    *Dr. Gebreyes is a recognized international One Health leader.


    Provided by:

    Maureen E. Miller
    Director of Communications
    Office of International Affairs
    140 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road, Columbus, OH 43210
    614-247-2462 Office / 614-307-0062 Mobile;

ONE HEALTH - Where animal and human health intersect: Pan European Networks, Science and Technology DECEMBER 2017 - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Pan European Networks, Science & Technology


Where animal and human health intersect

December 2017 . Issue 25 (see pages *4 and **166-169)

*First please read Contents Introduction (page 4) by senior editor Clifford Holt includes antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the need for employing a One Health approach for helping to combat this dangerous societal health issue link or see PDF  

**Then read the One Health Initiative team interview (pages 166 – 169)  -  or see PDF

Preliminarily published online or in November 2017.

World physicians’ organization reiterates One Health recognition and support...WONCA E-update Friday December 8, 2017 - Friday, December 08, 2017

World physicians’ organization reiterates One Health recognition and support...

WONCA E-Update
Friday 8th December 2017

“World Organization of Family Doctors

The World Organization of Family Doctors is a global not-for-profit professional organization representing family physicians and general practitioners from all regions of the world.”

WONCA News – November 2017
The latest WONCA News (November 2017) is still accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events. As ever, many articles also appear in Spanish and French. December’s WONCA News will appear over the weekend of 15/16 December.

WONCA Working Party on the Environment: Planetary Health in South America

In August’s WONCA News we included a report from Ralph Guggenheim about using WONCA conferences to promote the issue of planetary health, and he reported on his experiences at WONCA Europe in Prague. Now Paola Rava Dellepiane, WONCA Working Party on the Environment member, writes more on this issue, and describes her experiences at the WONCA Iberoamericana-CIMF Conference, in Lima, Perú, from 17th to 20th  August, 2017. The article also refers to WONCA’s Policy Statement on Planetary Health, which was endorsed by WONCA Executive at its April 2017 meeting.  

WONCA and One Health
Remaining on an environmental theme, a reminder that WONCA is a partner with the One Health Initiative. One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment. We’re proud to be one of a long and prestigious list of supporters, and encourage anyone with an interest in health and the environment to access their website for further information.

 “Between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines--nor should there be. The object is different but the experience obtained constitutes the basis of all medicine.”
 Rudolf Virchow, MD (the father of cellular pathology)


PHYSICIANS’ World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) issues One Health Letter of Support – Posted One Health Initiative website July 2, 2015 - Friday, July 03, 2015

PHYSICIANS’ World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) issues One Health Letter of Support – July 2, 2015


2nd July 2015


Laura H Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP

Bruce Kaplan, DVM

Thomas P. Monath, MD

One Health Initiative


Dear colleagues


Please find a letter of support, to the OneHealth Initiative, from WONCA - the World Organization of Family Doctors [physicians].



With best regards


Dr. Garth Manning

Chief Executive Officer

World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)

12A-05 Chartered Square Building

152 North Sathon Road

Silom, Bangrak

Bangkok 10500


A notable outstanding One Health program...Ohio State Global One Health initiative (GOHi) – USA - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

A notable outstanding One Health program...

Ohio State Global One Health initiative (GOHi) – USA


The Ohio State University
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Columbus, Ohio 43210 (USA)

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A&W Canada invests in beef, forage research: includes One Health - Monday, December 04, 2017



A&W Canada invests in beef, forage research


“The LFCE project epitomizes the university's One Health initiative, bridging the gaps between human, animal and ecosystem health. This could not be accomplished without a strong network of collaborators, whose support will help position LFCE as a global leader in beef cattle and forage research and ...


5th International One Health Congress - Saskatoon, Canada, June 2018: Participate in the University Lounge ... - Saturday, December 02, 2017


5th International One Health Congress - Saskatoon, Canada, June 2018


Participate in the University Lounge of the 5th International One Health Congress and demonstrate your academic institution’s dedication to One Health, engage with other leading universities and share information on

courses, post-doc positions and consortia...


One Health Approach Supports Global Health Security - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Friday, December 01, 2017


One Health Approach Supports Global Health Security

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One Health Approach Supports Global Health Security



Diseases, including zoonotic diseases, can spread around the world very quickly, and the One Health approach can help to protect people and animals from illnesses that cross borders. CDC and its partners support One Health activities in the United States and globally, helping to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging global health threats including zoonotic diseases shared between people and animals.


CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal is featuring a special supplement on Global Health Security, which includes articles highlighting how the One Health approach plays an important role in creating a safer global community.


See the full supplement


Find updates about One Health, diseases spread between humans and animals, new infographics, and much more on our home page.

One Voice for One Health: Joint Statement and Call to Action on AMR open for endorsements now! - Wednesday, November 29, 2017
One Voice for One Health: Joint Statement and Call to Action on AMR open for endorsements now!
One Voice for One Health: Joint Statement and Call to Action on AMR open for. In 2016 at the European Commission's Health Policy Platform, EPHA successfully pitched the idea of establishing a new Thematic Network on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in order to engage a diverse group of external ...
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A One Health Perspective on Antimicrobial Resistance - Monday, November 27, 2017
A One Health Perspective on Antimicrobial Resistance
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences - Oklahoma State University (USA)
Saturday, November 18, 2017.
A One Health Perspective on Antimicrobial Resistance
Kahn shared her research on One Health and the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance in “A One Health Perspective on Antimicrobial Resistance.” Kahn has spent years investigating the history, science and politics behind the issue of antimicrobial resistance. Her analysis includes looking at ...
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New! Masters of Public Health (MPH) Program in One Health at University of Washington (USA) - Application Deadline December 1, 2017 - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New! Masters of Public Health (MPH) Program in One Health at University of Washington (USA)

 Please see

Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for application instructions.

About the Master of Public Health in One Health

The DEOHS One Health MPH degree program emphasizes the linkages and integration between human, animal, and environmental health. Specific areas of emphasis include:

  • Emerging zoonotic infectious diseases and other pandemic disease threats
  • Health and the human-animal bond
  • Animals as sentinels of environmental health hazards including climate change
  • Occupational health of animal workers
  • Microbiome sharing between humans, animals, and environments
  • Antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals, and environments
  • Integrated assessments and interventions across human, animal, and environmental sectors
  • Human-animal medicine (including clinical comparative medicine). 

Students in the One Health MPH program will satisfy the school-wide and departmental requirements for an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The One Health curriculum also includes a One Health survey course, a seminar in the occupational health of animal workers, an original research thesis and a practicum experience. Potential practicum sites include medical clinics and hospitals, the Washington One Health Initiative involving state health and agriculture agencies and other partners, CDC, emerging disease programs, disease mapping organizations, climate change organizations, homeless health care organizations, conservation medicine sites, and wildlife health organizations, both in the US and internationally.

Click here to view/download a detailed table of course requirements for the MPH-One Health degree.

Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for application instructions.

Funding Opportunities:  A limited number of Occupational Health at the Human Animal Interface (OHHAI) Scholarships, including tuition and stipend are offered through the UW Center for One Health Research. The OHHAI training program is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through the UW Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety (NWCOHS).The two year OHHAI training program promotes a "One Health" approach to the current lack of adequate research and best practices regarding the occupational health of animal workers. OHHAI Scholars must do their practicum and thesis work on topics related to animal worker occupational health. Animal workers interact with animals in a wide range of settings ranging from veterinary clinics to research laboratories, farms, markets, zoos, aquariums, and wildlife environments. They face unique and important health issues including exposure to zoonotic infectious diseases, allergens, and injury risks.

For more information about this specialized training opportunity, including availability of funding, please contact:

Vickie Ramirez, MA
Senior Research Coordinator/Program Coordinator
Center for One Health Research  

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