Welcome to University of Rwanda one health students club website.

20141120_122113One Health Students Club was launched on 14th of May 2013, in presence of Prof. Katey Pelican from Minesota University (USA),Dr. James Gashumba, Coordinator of University of Rwanda-Nyagatare Campus;Mr.John Mugarura, principal of Nyagatare School of Nursing and Midwifery; Dr. Robinson Mdegela from Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania;Dr. Serge Nzietchueng from University of Minnesota, Dr.Robert Kibuuka,focal person/OHCEA-Rwanda,and Dr.Zimurinda Justin, a representative from Rwanda Agriculture Board.

 As Rwanda has instituted One public University and campuses platform, the name Umutara Polytechnic changed and became University of Rwanda-Nyagatare Campus. Hence, the club took this identity and became University of Rwanda-One Health students Club to combine all the disciplines where both undergraduates and graduates students from the University of Rwanda belong.

Group photo at the closing day

Why One health students club/OHSC?

 About 75% of emerging human infectious diseases are thought to have come from animals, including wildlife (Heyman 2004). Hence, “One Health Approach” has been raised linking a multidisciplinary group of experts including Public and Animal Health, Environmentalists, Socio-economics, Information technologists, Agriculturalists, IT and Policy makers to stand under one umbrella and discuss on how the health burden can be tackled. OHSC was created under the same platform to train young academicians, to become health promotion leaders among communities and help them increase awareness about how diseases occurrence and transmission can be prevented at earlier stage and by involving these communities to participate in the strategies set for preventing diseases outbreaks.

Club duties

 It is a duty of the OHSC to reach communities and make changes. The club aims at identifying opportunities for strengthening cross-sectoral collaboration through students and alumni participation as a resource to the broader community, that can be leveraged and deployed when there is outbreak occurrence and as sources of education and intervention.

Through the support of One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA), with funds from USAID, the American People, the club operates in communities to raise awareness and help in response to emerging pandemic threats (EPT).

One Health  Approach

  • The One Health approach recognizes that human health, animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, and that collaboration across the sectors is needed to achieve more rapid, mutually beneficial and effective responses.
  • Addressing zoonotic infectious disease outbreaks from the perspective of a single sector, and acting without considering the other perspectives and the complexity of the entire system, can lead to slower and more costly response, with unintentionally negative consequences for multiple sectors.
  • The One Health approach is critical for multiple sectors to achieve their respective missions more effectively, and for promoting, improving, and defending the health and wellbeing of all species by enhancing multidisciplinary cooperation and collaboration among physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific and environmental health professionals.

group photo

Group photo taken during Infectious disease management training composed of students and their facilitators.

IDM Training at University of rwanda

Infectious disease Management training held on 20-24th June 2016 at University of Rwanda Nyagatare campus whereby 150 final students from different colleges of University of Rwanda have trained on infectious disease management

Delegates from Nairobi Universit and Moi University from Kenya

Delegates from Nairobi University and Moi University also attended Infectious disease Management training held on 20-24th June 2016 at University of Rwanda Nyagatare campus for the purpose of learning from University of Rwanda one health students club-Rwanda.

Dr.Laetitia Nyinawamwiza

Dr. Laetitia Nyinawamwiza the Pricincipal of College of Agriculture, Animal sciences and Veterinary Medicine giving her closing remarks on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Philip Cotton

Outgoing committee was awarded certificates of merit

Outgoing committee was awarded certificates of merit for their leadership and contributions to UR OHSC-Rwanda

Dr.Robert Kibuuka addressing the students during the IDM Training

Dr.Robert Kibuuka addressing students trainees on IDM at UR Nyagatare campus

Dr.Etienne Rugigana awarding student from Huye campus a certificate of Merit

Dr.Etienne Rugigana awarding a certificate of attendance to student from Huye campus at the closing of IDM training


OHCEA  Team led by coordinator,UR Nyagatare campus was visiting Vice chancellor, University of Rwanda


Group photo: from the left,Dr.Martin NTAWUBIZI,Dean SAVM, Prof Philip cotton, Vice chancellor University of Rwanda,Dr.James GASHUMBA,Coordinator UR Nyagatare campus during the visit to UR nyagatare campus (OHCEA)


OHCEA Rwanda has attended international conference held  in Kampala-Ugannda


From the left, Mr. Geofrey KARASANYI current president UROHSC2015-2016; Dr.Joseph KABANGO, Club Alumnus and president of the club 2014-2015; Dr.Emmy KARIBWENDE, Club Alumnus and president of the Club 2013-2014 together with Dr. Robert KUBUUKA, the Focal Person OHCEA-RWANDA.

31 thoughts on “+++++WELCOME MESSAGE++++

  1. wonderful to hear from you all! this website is yours and I encourage you to use it to contribute significantly.

    • Of course. This is a good platform to share ideas. But unfortunately, we don’t see more updates. We request you if possible to contunously adding each and every event and opportunities happened just to keep as updated.

  2. I love working with you students. Over the years you have proved to me that you are very innovative. Keep up the spirit, ignore the negative critisims.

  3. Yes Dr. Robert, I can see lots of positive changes in the club.From your support as usual and support from club’s Alumni, the club is so far operating well…LET US KEEP THIS SPIRIT OF HELP FOR HE BENEFIT OF ALL COMMUNITIES as we are (being) formed as leaders of health equity.


  4. Yeah, I support you @ Dr.Robert KIBUUKA and Mr.Mapendo,

    Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
    Willie Nelson

    let us work together, we will achieve more!

  5. Thank to see you guys!
    I was waiting for this platform for information and experience sharing about One health issues. As a public health specialist, and a member of OH initiatives in Rwanda, I am expecting to get more insights from you.
    Albert Ndagijimana

  6. You guys you have challenged me u can’t imagine the way am so happy with this website!
    Let us use this occasion to spread and make this approach of one health continue to be implemented.
    Thanks every one involved in Establishment of this website.Doc Rob i always thanks you for you strong input in backing this club from it’s background thanks and keep it up.

  7. Thx a lot guys(member of this club),I’m Grace UWINGENEYE students in university of Rwanda huye campus in zoology and conservation fourth year,i wish to be a member of OHSCA because i was intersted to link with you througth your member Mapendo who is here in huye as a lecturer in faculty of agriculture ,by our meeting and discusions we made ,i was inspired to join you as soon as possible and we wish also to have some of participants from our campus especialy in domain of conservation that deal with environmental issue to be linked to one health .so <>.

  8. Thanks Grace for joining us , we are proud of you all, please can you download the the membership form and fill it? hope to see many members from Huye campus. Be blessed.
    One team ,one spirit.

  9. This is to wish safe travel to our delegation, the delegation from Rwanda to 2nd OHCEA International One Health Conference in Speak Resort Munyonyo, Kampala Uganda, from16 Nov 2015 to 20 Nov 2015.
    The One Health approach is needed to ensure an improved and sustainable human and animal health and is key to improve monitoring, analysis and prevention of novel global threats posed by re-emerging (infectious) diseases and food safety hazards.
    I believe we keep on making a difference and impacting positive changes to our communities “LIVING TEAM SPIRIT DRIVEN WORK”.

  10. hello i m a student of UR CMHS Nyagatare compus in environmental health and epidemiology 4year, i m very proud to know more about students one health club and i have join this club according to my expérience to give health promotion by preventing and control of diseases is better because in the community is a big problem so that this club is needed, congretulation to Dr. Kibuuka who impliment this club in the university of Rwanda God bless you Dr..

  11. Thanks for all constructive thoughts. Let us keep it up and extend one health approach in other new established campuses out of UR-Campuses like IPRC-SOUTH where am working from currently

  12. I am Michel KAGINA , a student at University Of Rwanda-Huye Campus,College of Agriculture, Animal sciences and Veterinary Medicine, department of WILDLIFE and AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

    I Rwandan as nationality , Male and single, currently living at GATSIBO District.I joined the University of Rwanda one health club 2012 . I have joined this club because i have experience to promote health through zonotic diseases prevention and to control them

  13. hello guys. my name is JOHN.
    its great to see what you young professionals are doing. keep the spirit up.
    i am a public health student year 3 from moi university Kenya, a member of one health club. i am also the vice chairperson of the club, which we launched last year September. we are young but have done commendably much. we are committed to do more. we thank OHCEA for the same.
    we will keep in touch updating you people on our activities. we would also desire that we do a joint massive outreach either in Rwanda or Kenya or anywhere else. yeah, lets be ambassadors of one health

  14. Thank you I am NSEKANABO Jean Damascene student from University of Rwanda Huye campus in Zoology & conservation 4 year, through reading your mission on your website and Discussion we did with Mapendo i have been inspired and i wish to member and devote my effort with other members of this club we will tackle the risks of infectious disease resulted from Imbalance between human, animal and ecosystem health.

    • I am really proud of being in this interesting club!
      Jean d’Amour BARABWIRIZA, from UR-CMHS Nyarugenge Campus (Former KHI) in General Nursing departement in fourthYear (Y4). Be blessed you all!

  15. Hello my fellow One health work force , Would like to the Members, Facilitators and Mentors of this Club for the work you did by the time i was in University, and still what your doing am proud you.We wish to have a time and we meet again. Especially Alumni.
    I would like to Thank Dr. Robert ,Mapendo ,MUSHAIJA , Immaculate, Adolf and Committee we worked together in Academic year 2015-2016′

  16. Hello members! I’m Joel Biraro mental Health nursing student at university of Rwanda . I’m very happy to be a part of OHSC. due to increased mental health diseases in our communities as mental health nursing students we founded an association called Rwanda mental health nursing students association with the main objective of promoting and maintaining the mental well being of Rwandan society. I would like to know from do animals experience psychological /mental health problems as it’s in human beings? Thank you.

  17. Hello Joel, My name is Joseph HABYARIMANA Mental Health nursing L3 in UR-CMHS, Nyarugenge Campus, I would like to help You getting some informations on mental disorders in animals.

    Some pet birds obsessively pluck their feathers, and some dogs obsessively lick their tails or paws, much as some humans obsessively clean their hands. Some animals are also known to self-harm, for instance pulling out their own hair.

    2.In a 2011 study, scientists found signs of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in chimpanzees that had been used in laboratory research, orphaned, trapped by snares, or been part of illegal trade.

    3.Many military dogs are thought to be suffering from a canine form of PTSD. They behave similarly to war-traumatised soldiers. Some of these dogs are being treated using drugs used to cure panic attacks and anxiety in humans.

    “We know that mutations in certain brain genes, and particularly the synaptic genes, play a large role in disrupting behaviour,” says Nithianantharajah. “That’s the core of what a mental disorder is. So just like in vertebrates, if you mutate various synaptic genes in invertebrates, you could lead to abnormal behaviour.”

    Fore more informations, read on Dogs Rabbies and You may also visit this Link:


  18. Thank you very much Mr Joseph. great information learned it is really interesting. Could i know its prevalence and i’m still interested to know if the veterinary doctors considers that too?

    • I think, Identifying mental illness in other creatures and helping them recover also sheds light on our humanity. Our relationships with suffering animals often make us better versions of ourselves, helping us empathize with our dogs, cats, and guinea pigs, turning us into bonobo or gorilla psychiatrists, or inspiring the most dedicated among us to found cat shelters or elephant sanctuaries.

  19. Dear all,

    I do appreciate your doings in preventing zoonotic diseases. But on my behalf, it can be better if you post each and every activity done just to keeping us updated.
    Best regard!

  20. This platform is so effective for us as students from the university of Rwanda so as to develop and implement our academic skills and knoeledge.

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