Working with partners in Ethiopia, Ohio State is finding ways to prevent and control priority zoonotic diseases (currently Rabies and Brucella) and prevent antimicrobial resistance in Ethiopia. Through the Ohio State-Eastern Africa Global One Health Security project, Ohio State along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and partner institutions in Eastern Africa, are working together to help the Ethiopian government establish and expand systems, policies and practices for prevention, detection and build capacity.
Zoonotic diseases present a significant threat to the health and livelihood of Ethiopians. The human suffering and loss of life due to these diseases is devastating; the impact on livestock compounds the problem through decreased productivity and mortality, which further compromise food safety and security. Ohio State's strategy to prevent zoonotic diseases includes:
With a roadmap document jointly developed by Ethiopian partners, Ohio State and the CDC, the project is anchored on four major areas:
Antimicrobial resistance is an important public health concern in Ethiopia and globally. Multi-drug resistant pathogens can result in major societal consequences in terms of human lives, prevalence of disease and death rates as a result. By capitalizing on the national strategic framework for prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistance, Ohio State hopes to accomplish the following: