Jimma University, one of the member countries of One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) and where the country project office for Ethiopia is based, conducted debate on infectious disease prevention, detection and response on 18th June 2016 at Jimma Honey Land Hotel. The occasion was attended by invited guests and all members of One Health Student’s Club of Jimma University. The meeting began by an opening speech of Professor Kifle WMichael, the focal person of OHCEA Ethiopia. In his opening remark, Professor Kifle W/Michael expressed his gratitude to the members of the club for the contribution they made in strengthening the club. Extending his speech, he said that the objective of the project is to sustain and maintain health of humans and animals in all directions by coordinating different professionals from different disciplines. He lastly stated that One Health is not a discipline but an approach which is concerned with health of human, animals and environment.
Following the opening speech two papers were presented. One was about the different activities performed by the students’ club since its establishment (by Gelana Kuse, President of Jimma University OH Student’s Club). The second was about emerging and re-emerging diseases (by Dr Dechasa Tegegn from school of veterinary medicine).
The eagerly awaited program, a debate (or a kind of round table discussion) on Anthrax was held between two groups of the club members. This totally has absorbed the attention of all the audiences for it was informative, educative and interesting. After forwarded questions and comments are treated satisfactorily, certificates were handed over to the graduating OH Students’ Club members, and to management members of the project. The program was adjourned by the closing remark of Professor Kifle WMichael.