May, 2017

Fourth International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI) Accepting Submissions Until June 30

ICOPHAI 2017 will take place in Doha, Qatar, November 7 - 9, 2017 under the theme: "Environmental Challenges and Impact on Global Health."

This year's keynote speaker is Roberto Bertollini, MD, MPH, the current advisor to the Qatar Minister of Public Health. Dr. Bertollini, previously served as the World Health Organization (WHO) representative to the European Union, chief scientist for the European WHO Regional Office for Europe and WHO coordinator of the Evidence and Policy for Environment and Health unit in Geneva.  ICOPHAI executive body welcomes Dr. Bertollini to its global community and is looking forward to his keynote address at ICOPHAI 2017.

ICOPHAI is accepting abstracts for oral and posters presentations (deadline June 30, 2017).  All submissions and registration should be made online via Query with any questions.

Sixth Annual Ohio State East Africa One Health Summer Institute

The annual One Health Summer Institute (OHSI), which builds One Health capacity among East African and Ohio State professionals in relevant disciplines, while making grassroot One Health  impacts with concurrent trainings, begins in mid-June this year. Kick-off events will happen in Columbus, Ohio but the majority of workshops and trainings will take place in Ethiopia.
This year marks the sixth annual OHSI, which will run through mid-August. The institute offers diverse One Health opportunities, including trainings on communication strategies, international trade and risk analysis, molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and environmental and occupational health.

In parallel, OHSI will highlight ongoing implementation and research projects in rabies, tuberculosis, brucellosis, cancer and multi-drug resistant (MDR) salmonella
Rabies Mass Vaccination Campaign Training in Ethiopia 
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Global Health Security project began in April 2016 in Ethiopia.  

Part of the project is focused on rabies control and prevention. The resulting Rabies Mass Vaccination Campaign Training that began in May is a large collaborative effort between Ohio State faculty, staff and students, the Global One Health initiative (GOHi), CDC, Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), Ministry of Livestock and Fishery Resources (MoLF), Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) and other valuable in country partners. 
This project, involving mass vaccination training, community sensitization, population control and surveillance is the outcome of months of planning and preparation by Ohio State, CDC, GOHi and other stakeholders to address rabies in 20% of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia and home to approximately 3.4 million people. Already 5,000 dogs have been vaccinated and by the project's end, close to 10,000 dogs and nearly 1,000 cats will be vaccinated as a result of this effort. 

GOHi Continues Ohio State-Eastern Africa Bi-weekly Webinar Series 

The webinars, delivered via CarmenConnect on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, include partners from Ohio State and East Africa. 

Each webinar features discussions related to One Health, practical applications and speakers on diverse One Health topics.

Tim Landers is the Ohio State faculty lead and moderator for the webinar sessions. The link to the webinar is:  

For more information, contact Tunika Okatcha.
Tom Shryock, PhD, AMR Expert Visits Ohio State
Tom Shryock, chief scientific officer and managing member of Antimicrobial Consultants, LLC, visited Ohio State on May 23, 2017. 

Shryock holds a  PhD from Ohio State. and has been serving as a member of the ICOPHAI Organizing committee in 2015 (third Congress) and currently serves as member of the External Advisory Board (EAB) for the Global One Health initiative.

During his visit, Shryock presented on "Paralyze Resistance with Persistence - Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria with a Global One Health Approach" and met with Ohio State faculty and staff from across the campus, all working in the area of Antimicrobial Resistance.  
The Mandela Washington Fellowship Comes to Ohio State
Fellows from 17 different countries, including Burkina Faso, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Somalia and Zambia will arrive in Columbus, Ohio in mid-June to participate in a six-week Public Management Institute through July.  

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies will host and support the fellows' exploration of leadership and management themes through interactive academic sessions, interactions with public, private and non-profit organizations, social and professional networking opportunities and community service. 
To learn more about how you can connect socially, assist in networking or engage in professional or academic exchange, contact Chineze Okpalaoka

Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PCCARB) Soliciting 2017 Nominations

PCCARB provides information and recommendations for policies intended to support and evaluate the implementation of U.S. government activities related to combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  PCCARB is soliciting nominations (deadline June 30, 2017) to fill positions that are scheduled to be vacated during the 2017 calendar year in the non-voting liaison representative member category for a two-year term.

PCCARB is seeking Individuals from the following sectors are being sought to serve as non-voting liaison representatives:  (1) professional organizations representing infectious disease, epidemiology, infection control, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, microbiologists and veterinarians; (2) public health organizations representing laboratories, health officials, epidemiologists (state/territorial, county or local; (3) organizations advocating for patients and consumers; (4) organizations representing state departments of agriculture; (5) hospitals; (6) foundations with an interest in antibiotic resistance and promoting antibiotic stewardship; (7) pharmaceutical industry - animal and human health; (8) food producers - livestock, poultry and seafood; (9) in vitro diagnostics; (10) food retailers; (11) food processors; (12) animal feed producers; and (13) farm bio-security.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Wins Top World Health Organization (WHO) Position
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former Ethiopian Minister of Health, wins top WHO job. Dr.  Tedros, who goes by his first name, won by a majority, defeating the British and Pakistani nominees. When he starts July 1, he will be the first African to lead WHO. 

The focus of his leadership, according to an Ethiopian Ministry spokesperson, will be on "promoting universal health coverage, ensuring the health of women and children and expanding of health in tandem with climate, which [is disproportionately] affecting Africa as compared to the developed world."

Dr. Tedros is familiar to many in the Ohio State leadership, mainly the OIA and Health Science Deans and GOHi community, as he been instrumental in launching the One Health Ethiopia program and also inaugural ICOPHAI. It should be noted that he mentioned to work in a One Health system during his speech for the World Health Assembly during the final election for the Director General position.  For more information visit: .
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