One Health Workforce

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

Building on success from the USAID RESPOND Project

Under the leadership of University Deans across 12 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the development of two One Health University networks. These networks share the vision of shaping the future “One Health” workforce and are the foundation for the One Health Workforce project. The networks developed One Health Core Competencies from which to base curricula and other education tools. One Health teaching and learning activities were conducted to include modular courses, student field experiences, and faculty exchange and development programs. Ultimately, new and strengthened graduate and undergraduate programs were piloted with a focus on creating a new kind of health professional with the practical skills and knowledge needed to address the multi- sectoral nature of emerging infectious disease threats. Additionally, In-service training programs were developed to create One Health leaders in the existing workforce. The University-Government partnerships established in Emerging Pandemic Threats 1 (EPT 1) will be key to the long-term sustainability of One Health workforce training.

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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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