Deepening the impact of Global One Health Initiative
The University of Nairobi and the University of Ohio have plans to expand their collaboration on the Global One Health Initiative. The collaboration which dates back to 2009 has been expanded to include 12 universities and research institutions in 7 countries including Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The project is multi-disciplinary and covers many thematic areas including food security and microbiology.
The University of Nairobi KAVI Institute of Clinical Research is the new inclusion in the partnership. The Global One Health Initiative is going to support clinical research in virus cancer interaction at KAVI.
One of the key objectives of the Global one health Initiative is to build capacity in the partner institutions and countries through postgraduate training (PhD and Masters) and through development of cutting edge technologies. The Project has since its inception trained over 12 PhD and Masters students from the University of Nairobi.
While speaking during a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wondwossen Gebreyes, Executive Director of Global One Health Initiative informed the Vice Chancellor Prof. Kiama Gitahi that the program will continue with capacity building and institutional assistance through PhD and Masters training in flagship programs to enhance the clinical and diagnostic capacities of the partner institutions. Other areas of focus are curriculum twining between universities, bio –ethics, applied research and outreach programs.
On his part, the VC hailed the initiative as impactful and pointed out that one health is a good niche for scientific collaboration.