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One Health Partnership Update

The growing international recognition of the links between human health, animal health and the environment calls for increasing cooperation and collaboration between professionals working in these sectors. Such transdisciplinary One Health approaches to understanding and controlling infectious diseases that affect both humans and animals, often associated with interrelated environmental factors and exposures, was the topic of the One Health Workshop, October 1-3, 2014 at Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Brazil. The Workshop was organized to discuss continued development of collaborative education and research programs begun in December 2012 at UFV, followed in 2013 by the One Health Workshop at UW/WSU (see Allen School Update, Jan/Feb 2014). 

WSU Dean of Graduate Education Dr. William Andrefsky and Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health faculty members Drs. Douglas Call and Jennifer Zambriski, joined by Dr. Guiliana Noratto of the WSU/Univ. of Idaho School of Food Science and WSU-based USDA-ARS scientist Dr. Massaro Ueti, attended the workshop with administrators and faculty members of UFV, University of Washington, University of Minnesota, University of Monash, Australia and the University of Mozambique, Africa. 

Brazil Health Clinic
Dr. Call, Dr. Pettan-Brewer and Dr. Rabinowitz outside a
local health clinic in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

One Health Workshop attendees also met with local veterinary and human medical professionals to discuss sustainable education and research programs to address infectious disease challenges, particularly those affecting rural and disadvantaged communities in Brazil and around the world. Attendees visited community clinics where interdisciplinary teams composed of dentists, nutritionists, physicians, nurses, public health officers, veterinarians and agricultural engineers work together to improve the overall health of local households. Found in communities throughout Brazil, these clinics are part of the national health policy known as the SUS (Sistema Único de Saúde) or in English as the Unified Health System.

Administrative processes are currently underway to establish a dual doctoral degree program between WSU and UFV. Already, two WSU veterinary students will attend UFV as visiting students in 2015 with scholarships from Brazil’s Science without Borders and CAPES/EPAMIG programs. In addition, the first accredited One Health graduate course in Brazil will be offered at UFV March-June 2015. Dr. Pettan-Brewer will lead and coordinate this first course and several WSU and UW faculty members will be participating as invited lecturers.

Faculty and students interested in participating in the One Health course and/or Partnership Program in Brazil should contact Drs. Doug Call (WSU), Christina Pettan-Brewer (UW) or Luis Nero (UFV) for details.

Boy Milking in Brazil
A boy in rural Brazil tending his family’s livestock.
Photo courtesy of Emilio Nieto, One Health Program,

Other collaborative developments include a 3-year grant awarded to Dr. Nero and Dr. Call by the Programa Ciência Sem Fronteiras (Science without Borders) program of Brazil. The grant will help to establish a training and research partnership on antibiotic resistance and food production.

Following the 3-day One Health Workshop, a week of special classes and seminars was held in honor of Dr. Murray E. Fowler, a pioneer of the One Health concept and influential leader in the study of zoonosis worldwide, who died in May of this year. The tribute was organized by UFV faculty, residents and graduate students.

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