December / January 2017
2017 Highlights
Please make sure to visit the GOHi website for more details on the success of 2017 and all the exciting activities ahead in 2018.
Rabies prevention and control: Vaccinated 9000+ dogs and cats through the  Global Health Security project
Sixth Annual One Health Summer Institute: Delivered eight training modules, seven workshops and worked on seven different active projects
GOHi, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Brazilian partners: Conducted a key workshop in the Federal University of Paraíba
Inaugurated GOHi Eastern Africa office in Addis Ababa
Convened a needs-assessment workshop in Shangdong, China
GOHi and its global partners: Organized the 4th ICOPHAI Congress in Doha, Qatar
Hosted the  Center for Innovative Drug Discovery and Therapeutics - Africa leadership team funded by the World Bank 
Created a Graduate Certificate in Global One Health
GOHi leadership: Visited colleagues in Washington, DC in December
Members from the Center for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa visited Ohio State
Drs. Abebaw Fekadu, Anteneh Belete, Eyasu Makonnen and Getnet Yimer from Center for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa) met with Ohio State experts, deans and directors from the James Cancer Center, Drug Development Institute, Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. The discussions laid the groundwork for ongoing collaborations and potential joint proposals.

CDT-Africa is part of the Africa Centers of Excellence Project, which is supported by the World Bank. This five-year project aims to improve equitable access to interventions (defined broadly to include medications, diagnostics and complex behavioral interventions) and bring about fair and sustainable development in Africa through high quality capacity development for drug discovery in a regional platform. The center is led by Addis Ababa University and has national, regional and international collaborators from higher education and research institutions as well as industry.

Balako Gumi Donde speaks at Brown Bag Series


Dr. Gumi,  associate professor, epidemiology, College of Agricultural Science, Bule Hora University, Ethiopia, visited Ohio State December 6 - 7.  

Dr. Gumi spoke to a large group of students and faculty about "One Health Concepts from Traditional Healers and Professional Perspectives: Implications for Practical Interventions in Pastoral Communities."  

His talk was part of an ongoing Brown Bag Series supported by the Center for African Studies, GOHi and Global Water Institute called "Voices from the Field." In these informal  presentations and discussions, faculty and other professionals share their experiences doing research, teaching and outreach in Africa. Learn more about the 2018 series on the Global Water Institute website.

While at Ohio State, he also met with leaders from several departments including Veterinary Preventative Medicine, Infectious Diseases, GOHi, Center for African Studies and Global Water Institute. 
ICOPHAI news
After hosting a successful 4th International Congress on Pathogens at the Human and Animal Interface (ICOPHAI) in Doha, Qatar in November 2017, the ICOPHAI consortium is evolving into a society. A request of interest will be sent to individuals and institutions in the near future. Please stay tuned and send any comments or questions to info@icophai.org.
 
The 5th biennial ICOPHAI will be held in 2019 in Canada. Stay tuned for more updates.
December updates
The Ohio State Global One Health initiative (GOHi) and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's (OARDC) Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) will collaborate on a research project and build capacity as part of an $8.7 million grant awarded to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will fund research to tackle global hunger and food safety in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. 

The research, referred to as the CAGED project, will be a cluster randomized community-based trial, testing whether improvements in a child's growth pattern can be attained by providing access to quality protein sources and improved health. To achieve overall health and wellness, trainings will be conducted on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices, and information and materials will be disseminated on the proper ways to raise chickens in a clean and safe environment. Studies also will be conducted on the foodborne pathogen, Campylobacter, and its genetic makeup, to better understand the bacteria, how it spreads and its connection to EED.

The goal will be improved growth among children in the intervention group by reducing infections from food contaminated with the bacteria Campylobacter, which can be found in infected animals such as chickens. Eliminating the bacteria would decrease the prevalence of recurrent diarrhea and in combination with increased access to eggs, children participating in the study would have reduced rates of stunting and malnutrition. 

GOHi and the FAHRP have been involved in the development of the project and will be key to the research's coordination, oversight of molecular epidemiology and training of a PhD fellow in capacity building components. 
 
Learn more about the CAGED research project.
December Updates
The Government of Ethiopia and development partners held extensive meetings to develop a national action plan based on the Joint External Evaluation findings, using the One Health approach. GOHi actively participated during the workshop.

Also in December and January, GOHi supported and participated during the Ethiopian National Rabies and Anthrax document development.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health membership

Ohio State has renewed its Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) membership. Benefits for Ohio State faculty and staff, include:
  • The ability to use CUGH's members-only online global health interest groups and discussion boards to share knowledge, build partnerships and engage in advocacy across research, education and service
  • Discounted rates for CUGH's conferences, webinars and workshops
  • Access to CUGH's members-only online job opportunities board and funding opportunities board
  • Receive monthly updates on global health activities from around the world via CUGH's Global Health Bulletin
  • Participation in CUGH's committees
  • Connecting to a network of over 21,000 individuals involved in global health and over 160 academic institutions worldwide
  • Networking with leading academic global health programs and directors via our global health directors network
  • Participating in advocacy efforts on global health issues and for academic--based global health programs
  • Access to CUGH's online information hub of educational and program development materials;
  • Accessing mentorship and assessment services via our Global Health Program Advisory Service
  • Institutional voting rights in CUGH elections and initiatives
  • Opportunities for participation and institutional representation on CUGH's Board of Directors 
The ninth annual CUGH Conference will be held March 15 - 18 in New York City. Contact Kayleigh Gallagher if you are planning to attend.
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GOHi coordinates national Brucellosis serosurveillance in Ethiopia
GOHi had the opportunity to be involved in the Ethiopian plan to address Brucellosis surveillance. 

GOHi assisted with the study design, obtaining ethical approval and conducting the National Brucellosis  serosurveillance in Ethiopia.

Drs. Shu-Hua Wang and Getnet Yimer coordinated involved partners including CDC Atlanta, national and regional reference labs, local Universities in Ethiopia (University of Gondar, Bule Hora University and Jimma University) and involved ministries. 

GOHi trained all data collectors and local coordinators in utilization of electronic data collection platform (Magpi), building research capacity in-country. The Brucellosis survey is currently in its final stage of molecular lab analysis and national results will be disseminated March 2018.
External news
The National Academies Press released their "Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: A One Health Approach to a Global Threat" workshop proceedings

Major drivers of antimicrobial resistance in humans have been accelerated by inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing in health care practices, inappropriate use of antimicrobials in livestock and promulgation of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have been engaged with the issue of antimicrobial resistance for nearly two decades. To build on this work and explore developments since the last workshop was convened and to help parlay knowledge into immediate action, an ad hoc planning committee, under the auspices of the Forum of Microbial Threats at the National Academies, planned the two-day public workshop, "Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: A One Health Approach to a Global Threat."

The proceedings of this workshop and its objectives are available for view online.
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