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Top international honor from APLU goes to Dr. Gebreyes

Dr. Wondwossen GebreyesThe Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award is given annually by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities to a single individual who has made substantial contributions to public, land-grant institutions at an international level. This year, Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor and director of global health programs, was named the recipient for his efforts and achievements with the One Health Ethiopia initiative.

Gebreyes serves as the faculty lead on the One Health Ethiopia initiative, which connects Ohio State with Addis Ababa University, the University of Gondar and 19 Ethiopian and U.S. institutes to improve health, build capacity and provide learning opportunities for students. Initiated in 2009 by Gebreyes, One Health Ethiopia expanded in 2012 to include Ohio State’s seven health sciences colleges as well as the colleges of agriculture, business, engineering and social work. The Ethiopia One Health team includes researchers, clinicians and students who focus on health threats such as cervical cancer, rabies, neonatology and food and environmental quality in East Africa.

The partnership has helped to install a capacity-building environment for faculty and students abroad, created reciprocal adjunct faculty appointments, conducted workshops and field training through the One Health Summer Institute and increased opportunities for students with health science courses developed for iTunes U, just one of which has 8,000 students enrolled in more than 90 countries.

“The Ethiopia One Health partnership…solves major societal issues while training students overseas to address some of the world’s most neglected and dangerous diseases,” Gebreyes said. “It contributes to improving biologic and economic health in developed and underdeveloped countries.”

Gebreyes received the award during a ceremony at APLU’s Commission on International Initiatives summer meeting in Estes Park, Colorado, on July 12. 

“The entire College of Veterinary Medicine is enormously proud of Dr. Gebreyes’ many accomplishments and as the recipient of the Malone Award,” said Lonnie King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “His work on global “One Health” strategies to address existing and emerging zoonoses is innovative, effective and impactful in our global communities and he richly deserves this prestigious recognition.” 

July 13, 2015


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