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