September 2017

GOHi Summer Institute Offers Final Course

GOHi held its final Summer Institute Training Course in September on "Study Designs and Sample Size Estimation for Population Studies". It was held September 18 - 20, 2017 at the Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology. The course was led by Ohio State's Ann O'Connell, professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology.
This two-and-a-half day training gave an overview of experimental and observational study designs for health and population-based studies. Participants learned the challenges and limitations of different study designs and recognized how to match design to research questions. Sample size and power determination was reviewed and online tools demonstrated. Examples from the literature were discussed, and participants received a broad overview of different analyses that are appropriate for each design. The course was a great success ending a very successful 6th One Health Summer Institute.

Global One Health initiative To Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Eastern Africa Regional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Global One Health initiative will officially celebrate the opening of its regional office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and its registration as a non-governmental organization with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 11. 

The day's festivities will include a workshop, formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and signing international agreements with eight partner institutions. 

The office serves as a foundational location to coordinate efforts between Ohio State and the eastern Africa region to improve health, build capacity and provide learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff across the globe. 
Ohio State Officially Launches the Infectious Disease Institute (IDI)
Infectious diseases are a leading cause of mortality worldwide and a major threat to our food supply and natural resources-particularly with the emergence of new and invasive pathogens. Ohio State is prepared to make the prevention, detection and management of infectious diseases a priority as a part of its Discovery Themes.
Through an unprecedented investment, the university seeks to hire  numerous new key faculty - both up-and-coming and senior faculty at the tops of their fields - to work alongside Ohio State's 180+ renowned infectious disease faculty and research teams. This new group of experts will represent 22 disciplines, spanning human, animal and plant health and will organize their focus within five areas: antibiotic discovery and optimization; treatment and prevention of emerging viruses; immunity to pathogens and other microbial communities; pathogen emergence; and social networks and health policy.

For more information on IDI, see their  website and subscribe to their newsletter.
Record Abstract Submissions for 4th ICOPHAI Congress in Doha, Qatar - Register Today!
GOHi and global partners are leading the 4th International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI) that will take place in Doha, Qatar, at The Ritz Carlton, November 7 - 9 with the theme, "Environmental Challenges and Impact on Global Health." The list of speakers and full details are  online.

The 4th ICOPHAI congress has seen a 30% increase in abstract submissions over previous years. The congress is next month, register today!

To register and pay for the congress:
To register and pay on-site:
  • By credit card: (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
  • By cash: Qatari Riyal and United States Dollars are accepted
The International Students for One Health Elects Its Executive Council Members
On July 3, the student representatives to the One Health Commission Board of Directors put out a call for applications to select inaugural leaders for the newly forming International Students for One Health (SOH) organization. Over 100 applications were received from student One Health advocates around the globe. After a vigorous review and voting process, six SOH executive council members (SOH ExCo) have been selected to establish and lead the new SOH in its first year. 

One of the executive committee members is an MPH candidate from Ohio State! Pallavi Oruganti will serve as vice president of advertising and will represent Buckeyes' interested in One Health.

The One Health Commission is proud to support these efforts. Read more online.

GII Workshop, October 18 - 20, Brazil

The Global One Health initiative has been a key member of the Global Innovation Initiative (GII) working with partners from Brazil and the United Kingdom to apply cutting-edge genomic technologies to prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance at the animal-human-environment interface. An International Workshop will be held October 18 - 20, in Joao Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. 

This project includes the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Nottingham University and University of Liverpool and is funded by United Nations University - Biotechnology for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-Biolac) and United States Department of State/International Institute of Education (IIE) .

The workshop scientific program has been set and includes innovators in the area of antimicrobial resistances, genome sequencing, metagenomics, rapid diagnostics, food safety, food additive technology and more. See the program online.

In addition to the workshop, members of the GOHi leadership will have roundtable discussions on the GOHi Brazil partnership with key universities including UFPB, University of San Francisco Valley (UNIVASF) and Federal University of Paraná (UFPR).  Contact Emia Oppenheim for more information.
You can read more about GOHi's efforts in Ethiopia in this semester's Ohio State Alumni Magazine.
Global One Health Perspectives - Maria Belu
Ohio State led a mass rabies vaccination pilot this year in Ethiopia, and Ohio State staff has been vital to the success of this campaign.
Maria Belu, DVM, is a veterinary public health resident in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She led a team of seven during the campaign, and they were able to vaccinate roughly 7,400 dogs in two subcities in Addis Ababa and train 28 veterinarians, veterinary assistance and dog catchers on humane animal handling, maintaining vaccine cold chain and vaccine administration. 

For Belu, watching local veterinarians and assistants who feared dogs progress from being unable to pet a dog to being able to safely and humanely vaccinate them with minimal stress is what she is most proud of during the campaign.
One moment in particular stands out to Belu. She was able to safely approach and vaccinate a dog that had been labeled "too aggressive and dangerous" by using proper technique and patience and taught her team how to do the same.
"It took no more than three minutes, and I was able to vaccinate the dog on my own, who by the end was brushing up against me and wagging his tail happily," she said. "I could not believe that the owners were so terrified of this dog. Though quite large, he was not at all aggressive, if approached correctly. "
The trip cemented Belu's great love of Africa, of public health and her commitment to animal welfare.
"There is nothing else I'd rather be than a veterinarian, and Ohio State has been integral to my dreams," she said.
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External News
Global Health Book from the National Academy of Sciences

Visit the National Academies Press for a free copy of Global Health and the Future Role of the United States that was produced and published by the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Global Health and the Future of the United States, the Board of Global Health, the Health and Medicine Division and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

This document makes a strong case for the United States role in Global Health. It explains how "collaborative international efforts, especially strengthening the capacity of national health systems, are essential to prevent and prepare for an array of threats, from infectious disease pandemics to the silent killers of chronic non-communicable diseases."

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released their report on Goalkeepers for the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs)

In its report, the foundation makes its case that investments in the fight against global poverty have a real impact.
"We are launching this report this year and will publish it every year until 2030 because we want to accelerate progress in the fight against poverty by helping to diagnose urgent problems, identify promising solutions, measure and interpret key results and spread best practices," write Bill and Melinda Gates in their introduction.
Read the report to learn more about how investments can help improve some of the words health issues.

Apply Now: World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program

The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG) is announcing the third Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. students and recent graduates who are Sub-Saharan nationals. The program intends to attract young African talent to the World Bank Group workplace. Learn more.
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