EPT II Year 1 Activities conducted under OHCEA Ethiopia (June 2015– October 2015)

  1. Meeting to identify gaps & needs in workforce skills & knowledge of one health in pre service curricula

This was conducted on 20th August 2015 in Addis Ababa Monarch Hotel involving a total of 12 participants including 02 curriculum review specialists from both Jimma & Mekelle University, the one health regional module preparation teams from Ethiopia, the respective deans of each school of OHCEA Ethiopia, the focal persons, and delegates from some of the minister offices as well as from professional associations like EPHA & EVA. 

Prior to this specific meeting a pre-prepared questionnaire was distributed to some of the faculties at undergraduate schools of college of veterinary medicine of both institutions as well as Public Health College of Jimma University in order to identify the gap in skill & knowledge of infectious disease detection, prevention & response in pre service teaching faculties & students.

The results of the survey clearly showed the level of knowledge and understanding of respondents about OH, infectious diseases, source and means of spread, the interdependencies within ecosystem and management of infectious diseases.

In addition, the gaps in the existing curriculum were identified to be lack of co-teaching and co-mentoring among professionals. Considering the identified gaps, OHCEA regional office is expected to prepare OH core competency based modules for integration into undergraduate curriculum. Accordingly, country office will organize a workshop to customize these modules and integrate them into the pre-service curriculum in the future.

2.  Creating grant writing & mentorship teams to respond to funding opportunities of Jimma

Conducted from 24th to 28th August 2015 inside Jimma University College of agriculture & Veterinary medicine mini hall. The participants were 13 faculties from different departments in Jimma University College of health sciences as College of agriculture & Veterinary Medicine.

This grant writing’s objective was to directly establish an active grant writing team rather than delivery of a specific training.

Based on the presence of two identified RFA’s the participants have divided into two major teams. The first group has composed of three delegates with Dr Moti being the facilitator of the team. This team has given the chance to write a proposal to the RFA from IDRC call 2015, cities & climate change as this issue considers the dimensions of One Health. The second group which was composed of the rest 10 participants has agreed to write a mega project proposal in the universities thematic areas. The group is composed of professionals from public health, veterinary school as well as from agriculture.

After a brief discussion, the 2nd team has agreed to specifically write a proposal to assess the Impact of zoonotic diseases and evaluation of Behavior Change Communication intervention and quality of animal health service in Jimma zone, south west Ethiopia (Quasi-Experimental study) that would be submitted as a response to the call from College of agriculture & veterinary medicine.

This grant writing training was also conducted from 25th to 30th September 2015 in Mekelle University involving the academic staffs from College of veterinary medicine as well as from College of Public Health. The training has involved a total of 15 early to mid-level professionals of both colleges.

The major area covered during the workshop was the presentation on the skills and basic principles of grant proposal writing by Dr. Habtamu Taddele. During the presentation on the importance and principles of grant proposal writing, the proposal writing process, tips about effective grant proposal writing, the dos and don’ts of grant proposal writing, characteristics of “fundable” proposals, project financing organizations/institution, active calls for proposal were presented and discussed by participants.  During the workshop participants were familiarized with the major requirement of successful grant proposals. 

The participants have formed two groups with veterinarians and public health professionals in each groups and these groups has identified the researchable priority areas after which each of the group started developing a draft concept note for the prioritized research areas so that it will be enriched in to full proposal and to be submitted to the funders whenever there are calls within and outside the network. In addition the groups has come with the recommendation of establishing one health center of excellence at Mekelle University with the support from the universities top management bodies.

3. The workshop to adapt & customize OH modules based on identified gaps & needs.

This workshop was conducted from 3rd to 7th September 2015 at Addis Ababa Monarch Hotel. The workshop has involved a total of 10 participants including the two curriculum experts from each school who were also involved in the first meeting, OH module preparation team, institutions, the focal person & the administrator.

One Health Ethiopia OH Module customization workshop participants

The workshop was intended to review & customize the regional one health modules prepared at regional level in order to address the specific gaps in each of the OHCEA Ethiopia institutions. In this workshop peer review of the draft modules developed and reviewed by the Ethiopian Lead module developers i.e. Risk analysis, Collaboration and Partnership as well as the management modules was conducted to be customized as per the needs identified in the institutions.

5. Establishment of Jimma University One Health Student Club (JUOHSC)

On 10th October 2015 at the conference hall inside Jimma University College of agriculture & Veterinary medicine involving 140 students from different departments of both Jimma University College of agriculture & veterinary medicine and College of Health Sciences.

The dean of school of veterinary medicine Dr Hailu together with an academic staff from Public Health Epidemiology department Mr. Lemessa delivered presentation on Zoonotic diseases as well as on emerging infectious diseases respectively.

The students have selected 12 participants from each of the departments in both colleges to be the executive board member of the club. The represented departments are; Human medicine, Veterinary medicine, Health officer, Nursing, Environmental health, Midwifery, Food science, Agro economics, Horticulture,

                       Jimma University OH Student Club forming executive board members 



Full name






Abdi Shukri            


Natural Science management – 2nd yr.

Management member


Ousman Oumer


Medical laboratory-4th year

Management member


Atsede Milashu


Post-harvest-3rd yr.

Vice chair


Kelelew Kebede


Horticulture-3rd yr.

Management member


Mulu Shiferaw


Nursing-4th yr.



Gelana Kuse


Environmental Health-4th yr.

Chair Person (PRESIDENT)


Hawlet Awol


Midwifery-4th yr.



Aberash Teka


Agroeconomics-2nd yr.

Management member


Zerihun Mulatu


Veterinary Medicine



Iyasu Tarekegn


Health Officer

Management member


Alemayehu Fufa


Animal Science

Management member


Selome Fantahun


Human Medicine

Management member

6. The meeting to review & adapt risk analysis course for in service training

Conducted in Monarch Hotel Addis Ababa from 17th to 19th October 2015 involving a team of 17 participants including the dean from Jimma University School of Veterinary Medicine, OHCEA program manager Dr Kabagambe, the research & training coordinator Mrs. Winnie Bikaako, technical advisors from UMN Dr Innocent Rwego & & Dr Julio Alvarez, from P&R the Africa Deputy Dr Serge Nzietchueng, OHCEA Ethiopia focal persons, the OH module development team from Ethiopia, some faculty from both institutions as well as delegates representing Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of livestock & wildlife.

Risk Analysis was identified as a top priority need during the needs assessment conducted under EPT 1 through Ethiopia. The Risk Analysis skills will be developed step by step for trainees and trainers in partnership with USAID One Health Workforce Project, USAID Preparedness and Response project, Ethiopian Professional bodies and the Government of Republic of Ethiopia.  These skills will be developed through: 

  • Identifying the role of each institution in risk analysis (risk Assessor and risk manager)
  • Identification of skills and competencies needed for risk assessors and risk managers and how risk analysis can be used to inform decisions and how to effectively communicate between the risk assessors and risk managers.
  • Prioritization of main human and animal diseases and food safety issues for each country conducting Risk Analysis (Ethiopia in this case)
  • Reinforcement of skills and competency areas through application towards a Case study or problem  based on country priorities;
  • communications and networking development via relationships / partnership between trainees and mentors, and
  • Self-reflection and application of skills and competencies by participants.

During the first phase, materials will be gathered from US partners, OHCEA and P&R.  These materials were shared during this three-day workshop.  The developed materials are given to a team of 07 groups selected from the participants so that the team could refine the draft after the workshop. This team will work offline for some time to meet in Addis to finalize the module so that the material will be presented to the final workshop to be held.  In addition, trainees will be trained on how to conduct adult training and specific in-service and pre-service workshops and modules will be developed.  

At different times, faculties at both OHCEA Ethiopia institutions have travelled to United States Partner Universities for trainings & also as an exchange visitors to share experiences;

  1. The three OHCEA Focal persons, Dr Berihun Afera, Dr Moti Yohannes & Prof. Kifle Woldemichael have travelled to University of Minnesota, United states.
  2. Dr Hailu Degefu & Dr Endale Balcha from Jimma University & Mekelle University respectively have travelled to Boston, United states on May 2013 to attend training on Tufts environmental literacy institute (TELI) at University of Tufts.
  3. The OHCEA Ethiopia Country administrator, Mrs. Samrawit Ketema has travelled to Minnesota, United States for the finance & administration training on September 2015.