April 2018
GOHi partnered to award five grants 
Congratulations to the following primary investigators on receiving funding to support projects that reflect and embrace the Global One Health initiative's (GOHi) mission and vision:
  • Shu-Hua Wang, MD, College of Medicine, and  Luciana DaCosta DVM, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Improving Diagnosis of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in Humans and Cattle in China
  • Melanie Ivey, PhD, OSU Extension - Plant Pathology, and Sanja Ilic, PhD, College of Education and Human Ecology, Development of an Education and Outreach Program to Assist Fresh Produce Growers with Meeting Food Safety Requirements
  • Ann O'Connell, EdD, College of Education and Human Ecology, and Rebecca Garabed, VMD, MPVM, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Strengthening Capacity for Health and Education/Social Science in Ethiopia and Cameroon
  • Debra Goff, Pharm.D., College of Pharmacy, Columbus Ohio Collaboration of Dentists, Pharmacists and Physicians to Address Overprescribing Antibiotics
  • Darrell Ward, MS, Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital, Animations for Introduction to the Science of Cancer: A Free Online Course
Additional funding partners that helped support these projects include: OSU Extension, InFACT, Industry Liaison Office, Discovery Themes, Office of Research, Outreach and Engagement, Undergraduate Research Office, Wexner Medical Center, China Gateway and Service-Learning.
Voices from the Field discussion series - April
Global One Health initiative (GOHi), which co-sponsors Voices from the Field with the Global Water Initiative and the Center for African Studies, is pleased to announce that three faculty experts will present their work in April.

All sessions are free, open to the public and held in 160 Enarson Classroom Building, 12 - 1 p.m. Regional cuisine will be served at each event. 

Contact Laura Joseph for additional details and to RSVP.


April 4 - Professor Nicole Kraft (School of Communication) addresses One Health online teaching and learning


April 11 - Dr. Shu-Hua Wang (College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease) presents Tuberculosis research in humans and cattle in Ethiopia


April 18 - Professor Sally Miller (Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster) speaks on Developing integrated strategies to manage diseases of vegetable crops in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia

University of Gondar (Ethiopia) President Desalegne Mengesha presents world health day roundtable at Ohio State
On Thursday, April 5 from 2:30- 4 p.m., President Desalegne Mengesha from the University of Gondar (UoG) will be discussing global health issues and the ongoing partnerships between UoG and Ohio State. 

Join us in 160 Enarson Classroom Building for refreshments and a dialogue on the critical value of international collaborations. Celebrate World Health Day (April 7) and learn how Ohio State is engaging with partners around the globe to address today's complex and interrelated health issues.

Ohio State continues rabies mass vaccination training in Ethiopia
Since 2013, Ohio State has supported rabies prevention and elimination work in Ethiopia. Through building ongoing relationships with multiple partners in Ethiopian government and academic institutions, grass roots activities continue to make an impact.
One recent example is GOHi's rabies vaccination training led by Maria Belu, DVM, that occurred in late January. The event resulted in 12 trainees receiving hands-on instruction, and the vaccination of nearly 400 dogs and was a collaboration with  Global Alliance for Rabies Control.
The training was made possible by a donation in memory of Bob Gochnauer, DVM, a 1975 graduate of the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Gochnauer always put the people and animals in his community first - now that community is a little bigger. GOHi would like to thank Gochnauer and his family for the legacy of protecting and promoting health for our global community.
Additional personnel to join GOHi's Infectious Diseases Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory
Dr. Mostafa Ghanem will join the Infectious Disease Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory (IDMEL) in Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine beginning in May. Dr. Ghanem has extensive experience in teaching and mentoring students. He will be supporting the Global One Health initiative (GOHi) with the National Institute of Health Fogarty International Training grant, specifically as the genotyping service coordinator for GOHi research training projects and engaging with global partners. He will also be GOHi's contact for projects involving whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics.

Dr. Ghanem comes to GOHi with a wealth of real-world and lab experience in veterinary medicine. He may be reached at  ghanem.9@osu.edu .
Tigabu appointed Ethiopian Public Health Institute division director
Dr. Eyasu Tigabu, who was co-mentored by Ohio State and Addis Ababa university professors, has been appointed as the director of bacterial, parasitic and zoonotic disease research of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute.

Dr. Eyasu worked on genotyping S. aureus isolates during his time at Ohio State from November 2012 - February 2013. He has a research interest in antimicrobial resistance of clinical and food borne bacterial pathogens, and is currently leading the bacterial, parasitical and zoonotic research division of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute in Addis Ababa. The Global One Health initiative offers its congratulations to Dr. Eyasu on this wonderful opportunity.
Campylobacter Genomics and Enteric Dysfunction project update
A team from the Global One Health initiative (GOHi) and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center participated in the University of Florida'sLivestock, Sanitation, Hygiene and Child Growth Symposium on March 1 - 2 in Gainesville, Florida. The focus was to identify different pathways and causes underlying child stunting. Wondwossen Gebreyes provided an overview of GOHi and relevant work in the area of molecular epidemiology of various enteric pathogens.  
The University of Florida, Ohio State and other partners are collaborating on the Campylobacter Genomics and Enteric Dysfunction project in Ethiopia.
College of Nursing students in Addis Ababa 
In mid-March, eight undergraduate and graduate Ohio state College of Nursing students visited several local hospitals and clinics including Zewditu, Alert and Black Lion Hospitals, and the Hamlin Fistula Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At Zewditu and Alert Hospitals, students shadowed nurses and physicians as they cared for HIV/TB patients. In addition to shadowing, Ohio State nursing students shared their leadership project on topics including hypertension prevention, basic electrocardiogram procedures and interpretation, and cancer basics with Addis Ababa University midwifery and nursing students. 
College of Nursing Ethiopia Education Abroad Course objectives:
  • Prepare students for travel outside of the United States
  • Learn the culture and history of Ethiopia
  • Assess the health care needs of those living outside of the United States
  • Differentiate between the U.S. health care system and Ethiopia's health care system
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to knowledge sharing through direct interaction and experience with people of the host country (cultural communication, knowledge sharing)
World Tuberculosis Day and ongoing activities 
World TB Day is celebrated annually on March 24. The theme of this year's event was Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world, which focuses on building commitment to end TB across all levels or government and civil society.
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Global One Health initiative's (GOHi) Regional Director Getnet Yimer, attended the 13th National TB Research Annual Conference at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute from March 21 - 23. Yimer, chair of the Ethiopia National TB Research Advisory Committee gave two presentations including a keynote address, chaired a session and was included on a panel discussion during the conference. High level stakeholders were in attendance including the State Minister and Deputy Mission Director of USAID.
In Columbus, Ohio, GOHi's technical Director of Community Health and Asia contact, Dr. Shu-Hua Wang, MD, the Medical Director of the Ben Franklin Tuberculosis Program, which reports and investigates all tuberculosis cases for Franklin County, Ohio. Currently, Dr. Wang is also the Ohio Department of Health State Medical TB Consultant as well as Medical TB Consultant for the CDC Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center. Dr. Wang attended the Ohio Department of Health World TB Day event on March 20.
Get to know GOHi: Haileuel Bisrat Estifanos
Haileuel (Haile) Bisrat Estifanos
Data Manager for WHIP3TB project

Background: Estifanos has a BS in statistics and a minor in computer science and a MS in integrated health science. He has been working with the Global One Health initiative since May 1, 2017.

Interesting fact about living and working in Ethiopia: Even though Amharic is the working language of Ethiopia, Ethiopia has 84 Ethnic group who speak in different languages and 200 dialects.
Funding opportunities

Follow the links below to learn more about GOHi relevant funding opportunities:

  1. USAID Science, Technology and Innovation Partnership (STIP)
  2. Gates Foundation Grand Challenges
  3. DFID Gates Foundation on Food Systems
  4. CDC Broad Agency Announcement
  5. African Academy of Sciences
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External news
World Bank Policy Brief January 2018: Investing in One Health

The World Bank Group has released its 2018 policy brief that details how the One Health concept can be used to better understand and manage global risks and help countries achieve progress on national and global priorities including poverty alleviation, economic growth, food security, health, and well-being, toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read the full report.
World Health Day - April 7, 2018

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other related organizations. It is one of the eight official global health campaigns marked by the WHO, along with:
  • World Tuberculosis Day (March 24)
  • World Immunization Week (last week of April)
  • World Malaria Day (April 25)
  • World No Tobacco Day (May 31)
  • World Blood Donor Day (June 14)
  • World Hepatitis Day (July 28)
  • World AIDS Day (December 1)
More information about this year's World Health Day theme, Universal health coverage, everyone, everywhere may be found online.
71st Annual World Health Assembly held May 21-26 in Geneva, Switzerland

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. "Promoting health throughout the life-course" is this year's WHA theme.
The main functions of the Assembly are to determine the policies of the WHO, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies and review and approve the proposed program budget. The WHA is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland. Additional information on this year's event and side activities may be found online.
Centennial Travel Award in Basic Science Tropical Disease Research

A STMH accepts applications from physicians and scientists for this international career opportunity focused on benefiting underserved populations in locations in the world where the burden of disease is high. The recipient receives $25,000 in support for a short-term research experience in the tropics. The application will be open June 6 - July 11. More information is available online . There are also answers to frequently asked questions available .

Burroughs Wellcome Fund/ASTMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tropical Infectious Diseases

This fellowship is designed to stimulate or sustain interest in research in tropical infectious diseases. This unique fellowship provides funding for physician-scientists to conduct research focused on infectious diseases of low and low-middle income countries. The application will be open June 20 - August 8. More information is available  online. There are also answers to frequently asked questions  available.
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