One Health Workforce

Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 - One Health Workforce: A cooperative agreement funded by USAID

Applying a One Health Approach to Build a Pandemic-Ready Global Workforce 

One Health is a concept and approach that helps us understand and address health challenges arising from the fact that people, animals, and our environment are inextricably linked and that a threat to one poses a threat to all. Emerging infectious diseases are among the most pressing of such challenges. Increasing antimicrobial resistance, recent Ebola outbreaks in Africa, the debilitating spread of African Swine Fever across Asia, and a new Coronovirus threat from China remind us of the importance and imperative of working across disciplines, sectors, and borders to ensure a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats.

A global One Health workforce requires individuals with technical competencies to work effectively within their own sector as well as the ability to work across sectors, disciplines, and borders to successfully manage complex health issues and disease outbreaks.

For the past five years, the USAID One Health Workforce (OHW) project has supported regional and national One Health university networks in Africa and Southeast Asia to create a global One Health workforce prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to the threat of infectious diseases and other complex health challenges around the world.

Strategy Overview 

OHW supported the development of a global One Health workforce capable of working across sectors, disciplines, and borders to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats and other complex health challenges. We achieved this by supporting the development of regional and national One Health University Networks (OHUNs) that bring together universities, governments, and communities to identify and address One Health challenges, gaps, and needs. The OHW project focused on 3 key strategies: multi-sectoral engagement, education and training, and institutional strengthening. 

Institutional Strengthening: Strengthened university and network capacity to sustainably address workforce training needs. 

Education & Training: Improved workforce capacity to prevent, detect and respond to emerging pandemic threats. 

Multi-Sectoral Engagement: Universities coordinate with multi-sectoral ministries and communities to identify and address One Health workforce needs. 

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One Health University Networks


OHCEA - One Health Central and Eastern Africa 

  • Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda

Southeast Asia

SEAOHUN - South East Asia One Health University Network

  • INDOHUN - Indonesia One Health University Network
  • MyOHUN - Malaysia One Health University Network
  • THOHUN - Thailand One Health University Network
  • VOHUN - Vietnam One health University Network

The USAID One Health Workforce Project

Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT2) is focused on mitigating the impact of novel “high consequence pathogens” that originate in animals with a goal of enabling early detection of new disease threats, effectively controlling those threats, enhancing national level preparedness in advance of outbreaks, and ultimately reducing the risk of these diseases emerging by minimizing human behaviors and practices that trigger the “spill over and spread” of new pathogens. EPT2 consists of a suite of One Health Investments, PREDICT 2, One Health Workforce, and the Preparedness & Response, that contribute to each of these goals and are complemented by strategic investments in key partners including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Health Organization.

One Health Workforce Goals/Objectives

  1. Support African and Southeast Asian One Health University Networks to participate with government, academia, and other key partners in defining One Health workforce needs
  2. Support networks to assist government ministries to train the future OH workforce
  3. Support the networks to assist government ministries to train the current OH Workforce
  4. Support developed country universities under OHW in strengthening faculty Capacities for OH teaching, research, and community outreach for the African and South East Asian University Networks
  5. Organizational Development: Positioning the One Health Networks as long-term sustainable leaders in One Health

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