The Ohio State University partnership with Addis Ababa University and University of Gondar (Ethiopia)
2015 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: International Partnerships
Ethiopia One Health Partnership
Nomination submitted by: William Brustein, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs
The Ohio State Ethiopia One Health Partnership connects Ohio State’s expertise in health sciences to sub-Saharan Africa. Partnering with Addis Ababa University and the University of Gondar, Ohio State works with 19 Ethiopian and U.S. institutes to improve health, build capacity and provide mutually beneficial learning opportunities for students in Ethiopia and Ohio.
Initiated in 2009 with just two Ohio State faculty, it expanded in 2012 to include all of Ohio State’s health sciences colleges including, agriculture, social work, and business. More than 50 Ohio State students and 45 faculty members are involved in global health projects in Ethiopia such as advancing neonatology and food safety, screening and treating cervical cancer, and eliminating rabies.
The Ethiopia One Health Partnership is innovative because it solves major societal issues while training students overseas to address some of the world’s most neglected and dangerous diseases, such as rabies. With seven health science colleges on one campus, Ohio State offers its Ethiopian partners unprecedented interdisciplinary collaboration that results in healthier and more productive lives for Ethiopia’s citizens.
The One Health Summer Institute also provides faculty and students with the opportunity to build capacity of current and future professionals through innovative short term training with partners in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. Using state-of-the-art technology to make online courses available through iTunes, more than 5,300 students in some 90 countries have enrolled in one health and science related course alone. This partnership integrates academicians and practitioners from Ohio State and select East African countries to leverage their knowledge, skills and resources to contribute to improving biologic and economic health in developed and underdeveloped countries.