The Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative (GOHi) commemorated ten years of impact through practical education, training, research, and outreach between September 9 and November 4, 2021. As a key component in the program the University of Gondar was chosen as one of GOHi’s important partners in achieving the aim of addressing the causes and effects of diseases at the interface of humans, animals, plants, and the environment more efficiently and effectively.
The celebration ceremony that was held virtually brought together partners and stakeholders from all around the world. The University of Gondar was asked to join in a special capacity being one of the implementing partners of the initiative and was conferred an award and recognition for its continual contribution to one health endeavors.
A One Health strategy brings together many disciplines from around the world (local, national, and international) to combat disease, promote health, and emphasize the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the environment. With this the University of Gondar along with the Ohio State University has been able to do just that.
For example the collaboration has been able to continue impactful programs like the Global One Health Summer Institute, has enhanced graduate programs and faculty capacity building initiatives, conceived the curriculum twining program, implemented the development of a National Rabies Roadmap, and launched capacity building in food safety.
When accepting the award and recognition from Administrators of the Global One Health Initiative Dr. Asrat Atsedeweyn, the President of the University of Gondar, shared his wish that the program continues to make a sizable impact in the lives of so many. “I am delighted to accept this recognition on behalf of our institution and thank you once again for recognizing our contribution to our collective Global One Health vision and sincerely hope to see our collaboration move forward for the following 10 years and beyond.”
When concluding he shared with those in attendance that the programs that have been implemented have been doing a myriad of good in the community. “We have been able to accomplish numerous goals by assessing the burden, control and prevention of diseases in public health. These include brucellosis, rabies, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, foodborne pathogens, HIV, leishmaniasis, environmental health, ophthalmic problems, and cervical cancer.”
The Global One Health initiative (GOHi) is pioneered through efforts of The Ohio State University community and global consortium partners from Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. GOHi brings together two concepts: One Health and Global Health.