Emerging threats such as the 2019 novel coronavirus epidemic, which likely originated in wildlife and spread to humans, highlight the importance of a well prepared and technically skilled One Health workforce for disease prevention, detection, and response. The complex nature of these emerging health threats are a reminder that a large-scale multidisciplinary network of health professionals is required for strengthening our biodefenses and for achieving global health security.
The USAID One Health Workforce - Next Generation (OHW-NG) project promotes global health security by empowering One Health University Networks in Africa and Southeast Asia to build the human resources and bolster the workforce for more effective disease surveillance and control. Using a variety of pre-service and in-service formats, including One Health student clubs and experiential learning, OHW-NG is fostering One Health competencies.
To empower AFROHUN and SEAOHUN to become global leaders in transforming the capacity of workforces to more effectively engage across sectors to prepare current and future health workers to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging disease threats of epidemic and pandemic importance.