Welcome to University of Rwanda one health students club website.
One 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.
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.
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 taken during Infectious disease management training composed of students and their facilitators.
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 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 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 for their leadership and contributions to UR OHSC-Rwanda
Dr.Robert Kibuuka addressing students trainees on IDM at UR Nyagatare campus
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.