One Health Program

Tiruzer Ethiopia for Africa (TEA) works hand-in-hand with private & governmental universities, research centers, foundations, NGOs, Donors, Foreign development agencies and Government ministries to achieve its goals & objectives. One Health Program activities involve improving research on zoonotic diseases, creating public awareness on One Health, advancing preventive measures of zoonotic diseases, promotion of innovation & building sustainable partnership networks.

Ethiopia is the leading African country in livestock population. Moreover, pastoralism is widely practiced and there is close contacts of livestock with humans, consumption of raw animal products coupled with poor sanitation is quite common. Consequently, zoonotic diseases such as rabies, anthrax, tuberculosis and brucellosis are common and pose risks to public health in the country. To detect and prevent zoonotic emergence especially in pastoralist communities Tiruzer Ethiopia for Africa (TEA) with the endorsement of the Federal Ministry of Education and financial support of Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP)/ British Council established One Health Clubs in Assosa and Semera Universities in the year 2014/15. The main goal of establishing these clubs in the universities was to create awareness and sensitize researchers, lecturers and students of science faculties on one health approach.

Objectives of the program

a) To establish & strengthen One Health Clubs in higher learning institutions.
b) To influence the incorporation of One Health in the national agenda for improving the health of animals, human and the environment.
c) To create national awareness within the broad scientific community, the general public and government institutions.
d) To conduct and promote research activities on zoonotic diseases.
e) To strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration among the diverse One Health professions.

One Health Program areas

1. Zoonotic disease prevention & mitigation
2. Research on human, animal and environmental health issues through one health approach & disseminate the results for policy making
3. Establish zoonotic disease research and training center through One health approach
4. Build sustainable partnership & promote trust-based relationships across disciplines internally & externally
5. Establish and strengthen One Health clubs in universities & other higher learning institutions

Specific Program Activities

I. One Health Clubs in Universities – After successfully establishing OH clubs in two Ethiopian universities, Assosa and Samara, we plan to expand to other public universities all around Africa. The university clubs are crucial in creating awareness of one health approach and promoting innovations in university research communities.
II. Organizing and hosting the first One Health Summit - One Health requires the involvement of many actors - from academia, research institutes, universities, and the biomedical industries, governmental and civil society. But working across sectors can be challenging. One Health Summit is a forum for discussion across disciplines and sectors. At the One Health summit 2018: Tackling Infectious Disease Threats – Prevent, Detect and Respond with a One Health Approach, we invite delegates to discuss implementation challenges in a number of areas where the One Health approach can make a difference. Our point of departure is the CDC/FAO/WHO-OIE tripartite concept note of 2010 for sharing responsibilities and coordinating global activities to address health risks at the animal-human-ecosystem interfaces.
III. Organizing and celebrating International One Health Days in Ethiopia on 3rd November, every year. The goal of this day is to create an opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking amongst public, private and Civil Society Stakeholders of one health approach.
IV. Establishing a zoonotic diseases research & training center in Ethiopia - Ethiopia has the second largest human population in Africa and the largest livestock population on the continent. About 80% of Ethiopians are dependent on agriculture and have direct contact with livestock or other domestic animals. As a result, the country is vulnerable to the spread of zoonotic diseases. With the rapid transportation of people, animals, and food, which is now the norm in many world economies; we are facing new complex zoonotic diseases and food safety problems on a scale never seen before. To respond to and control these problems, we will need new approach, One Health program, which should be accompanied by zoonotic diseases research & training centre to serve as effective & efficient means of fighting the spread of zoonotic diseases.
V. Support governmental animal health clinics - OHE will support the clinics operating within the pastoral communities through supply of equipment, medicine and linking with the research centre. Also by providing support in animal vaccinations and other zoonotic diseases prevention mechanisms.