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Ethiopia One Health initiative draws national recognition

Jan. 26, 2015

The Ohio State University’s One Health Ethiopia partnership has been recognized for excellence with the 2015 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, given annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to honor “the most outstanding initiatives in higher education” among their 1,400 campuses 

The Ethiopia One Health team includes researchers, clinicians and students from the Ohio State colleges of Nursing, Public Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, 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, 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 enrolled 6,600 students from 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,” said Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor and director of Global Health Programs at Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “The partnership integrates academics and practitioners from Ohio State, Ethiopia and East African countries to leverage their knowledge, skills and resources to contribute to improving biologic and economic health in developed and underdeveloped countries.”

The One Health initiative will expand further by hosting visiting scholars, continuing to improve distance and e-learning education, developing certificate programs and more. IIE will formally recognize Ohio State and its One Health Ethiopia partnership at an awards ceremony March 20 in New York City.

Click here to read more about the 2015 Andrew Heiskell Honorable Mention Awards.


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