Enhancing Community of Practice in One Health for Infectious Diseases through Postgraduate Training

Background to the formation of the consortium

This project is funded by the INTRA-ACP Scheme (Africa (Mwalimu Nyerere) Carribean and Pacific) of the European Union and managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Agency.  The project which constitutes partnership between Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania, University of Zambia, Zambia, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique and the University of Ghana, Ghana operates within the broad framework of one health concepts. The partnership thus seeks to further consolidate the adoption of one health principles in training and research for infectious diseases of humans and animals, with the ultimate aim of enhancing inter-sectoral partnership in infectious disease surveillance and interventions. The achievement of this partly hinges on promoting inter-institutional collaboration that enhances mobility of staff and students, thereby promoting efficient and effective use of human and physical resources as well sharing of scientific information and expertise.  This resolve takes cognisancy of the fact that the African continent needs to to build requisite capacities in infectious diseases of humans, domestic animals and wildlife given that the continent has a multitude of human- domestic animal as well as human-domestic animal-wildlife interfaces. The continued threat of human infectious diseases including emerging and re-emerging ones, most (80%) of which are multi-host and with more than 60% originating from animal sources calls for multi-stakeholder and hence inter-sectoral partnership, which this inter-institutional partnership seeks to promote.

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