One Health training initiative at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology

Members of the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health (Boyd Orr) in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) delivered a training course on One Health at the NM-AIST campus near Arusha, Tanzania between 20th July and 7th August 2015.

Group photo from NM-AIST / University of Glasgow One Health training initiative

Course content

The course covered a number of topics:

  • Overview of One Health / Ecosystem Health and of zoonoses and their impacts with specific disease examples 
  • Surveillance of emerging and endemic zoonoses, including outbreak investigation 
  • One Health in practice (study design and implementation), including regulatory and ethics considerations
  • Fundamentals of safe handling and processing of animal and human samples for One Health projects, including laboratory safety, sample handling, evaluation of risk, international shipments
  • Disease control and disease control policy development
  • Social sciences and One Health
  • Quantitative aspects of One Health
  • Scientific communication and key research skills


‌Trainees included representatives from a number of Tanzanian institutions, including NM-AIST, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Ifakara Health Institute, National Institute for Medical Research, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and Tanzania National Parks.

Course organisers

Academic staff: Jo Halliday and Tiziana Lembo (Boyd Orr); and Joram Buza and Gabriel Shirima (NM-AIST)

Administrative staff: John Claxton (Boyd Orr); and Dassa Nkini (NM-AIST)

Course instructors

Boyd Orr: Jo Halliday, Tiziana Lembo, Dan Haydon, Barbara Mable, Sarah Cleaveland, William de Glanville, and Alicia Davis

NM-AIST: Emmanuel Mpolya and Gabriel Shirima

Other Scottish Institutions: Harriet Auty (Scotland’s Rural College) and Lorna Hume (formerly University of Edinburgh)


The training was supported by the Leverhulme Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust-funded Afrique One consortium.