Jimma University One Health Students’ Innovations Club Conducts Case Competitions on Brucellosis

Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 5:58am
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One of the most vibrant components of the One Health Workforce (OHW) project in Ethiopia is the One Health Students’ Innovations Club.  OHCEA Ethiopia has a strong population of students from different disciplines who form the One Health Students’ Innovations Club (OHSIC).  In Jimma University, the OHSIC has more than 330 members who have participated in promoting multidisciplinary collaboration.  They have shared ideas on One Health through community outreaches and in-class activities. One major activity conducted in Jimma; that brought together 282 students, is the Case Competition on infectious diseases conducted on 28th January 2017. Students from veterinary medicine, animal science, public health, pharmacy, nursing, environmental health, human medicine, midwifery and agriculture were involved in this vibrant session. These students competed, by sharing with the rest of the students, case studies on how Brucellosis is transmitted, managed and controlled in different communities.  This type of competition helps students to develop analytical skills in management of infectious diseases.

The case competition was between two teams; where each team was constituted by three students.  Each team had senior students from different departments of both public health & veterinary medicine to form a one health team spirit. The competing students were specifically from Veterinary Medicine, environmental health, medicine and Pharmacy. The contest had three judges; academic staff recognized for their expertise on the topic, coming from three different departments (Veterinary Medicine, public health and Health service management). The case competitions focused on brucellosis, one of the priority zoonotic diseases in Ethiopia.  

The case competition was started by providing orientation on the entire competition procedure (timing, key points that needed to be mentioned about the disease, evaluation scale on each point, roles of the judges and the audience) to both competing students and the audience. 

Accordingly, the two groups of contestants were given initially ten minutes to pitch about the disease. Another 5 minutes were given to each group to add points which they feel were important but not mentioned in the first ten minutes about the disease.  At last, another 10 minutes were given to each team to take and respond to questions raised from the opponent group, the audience and the judges

Finally, the judges announced the results of each group following pre-determined evaluation criteria and the winning group was declared. Each member of the winning team was awarded a certificate of appreciation and a laptop bag. Members of the second team were each given a certificate and a flash disk.

Finally, a very   interesting and educational poem composed by Haileyesus Terefa (6th-year Veterinary student) and Atseda Melashu (3rd-year Post-harvest management department) was presented. The poem was about the importance and philosophy of one health approach to effectively address global health challenges.