One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) is a network of fourteen Public Health and Veterinary Higher Education Institutions that are located in six countries in the Eastern and Central Africa region, a region that includes the Congo Basin that is considered to be a “Hot Spot” for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
The OHCEA partner countries and their institutions are; Democratic Republic of Congo (University of Kinshasa, SPH and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lubumbashi), Ethiopia (Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences and Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Veterinary Medicine Mekelle University), Kenya (University of Nairobi School of Public Health and Moi University School of Public Health, and University of Nairobi Faculty of Veterinary Medicine), Rwanda (National University of Rwanda School of Public Health and Umutara Polytechnic Faculty of Veterinary Medicine), Tanzania (Muhimbili University School of Public Health and Social Sciences and Sokoine University of Agriculture Faculty of Veterinary Medicine), Uganda (Makerere University School of Public Health and Makerere University School of Veterinary Medicine).
OHCEA is funded by the USAID through RESPOND component of the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. The collaborating institutions include; University of Minnesota and Tufts University.
Since its inception in October 2010, OHCEA has made the following significant achievements;
Established of a vibrant network of 14 Higher Education Institutions( Seven Schools of Public Health and Seven Schools Veterinary Medicine
Registered OHCEA as a Legal Entity
Developed and approved a Ten-year Strategic Plan
Seconded fourteen (14) Personnel of various professional backgrounds from Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo to attend a 3 week Public Health Institute at University of Minnesota
Sent a delegation that participated in the 2011 Engaging Inter Governmental Organization workshop in Europe and got understanding of how WHO, WTO, OIE, and FAO work. This exposure paved way to future development of strategic partnerships with the Organizations.