OHCEA in Tanzania Engages relevant Ministries and Authorities Responsible for Training One Health Workforce at Diploma and Certificate levels in Tanzania

Friday, 7 July 2017 - 12:00am
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Paerticipants during a group session

Engagement of OHCEA universities with relevant ministries and authorities responsible for training OHW at certificate and diploma levels has been planned after realizing that OHCEA has done a significant contribution on creating awareness about one health at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. However, in Tanzania the workforce at the grass root level is largely composed of non-degree graduates. The meeting aimed to deliberate on how to integrate One Health modules/materials into their curricula.

The goal of the meeting was creating space for engagement between OHCEA universities (SUA & MUHAS) and the relevant ministries and authorities responsible for training One Health Workforce at certificate and diploma levels.

Specifically, the meeting objectives were; 1) to identify modules/topics to be introduced into certificated and diploma training curricula, and 2) to discuss modalities for integrating One Health materials relevant to prevention, detection, and response to Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPTs) and zoonoses into non-degree training curricula.

The heads of institutes offering certificate and diploma in human, livestock and wildlife studies attended the meeting. These were from National Council for Technical Education (NACTE), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Prime Minister’s Office – One Health Coordinating Unit (PMO-OHCU), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF), Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children  (MOHCDGEC), Institute of Allied Health Sciences, Pasiansi and Mweka Wildlife Training Institutes, Livestock Training Agency (LITA) Morogoro Campus, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania Public Health Association (TPHA), National Environment Management Council  (NEMC), Tanzania, Veterinary Association and Tanzania Nurses and Midwives Council.

The meeting was held at Giraffe Ocean View Hotel in Dar es Salaam, 6 – 7 April, 2017. Thirty six (36) participants attended in total. The meeting was held with the expectation of coming up with agreed modalities on how to integrate One Health modules into the non-degree training curricula.

Meeting participants were sensitized and agreed that knowledge, skills and attitude on OH approaches are important in the training of certificate and diploma level students in the human, animal health and environment sectors. It was observed that some of the OH topics are included in the current curricula being used although lacking guidance on how they can be taught. The stakeholders agreed to find support needed to engage curricula development experts to work on the required details using technical information generated from this meeting and other reference materials.

As a result,

  1. Meeting participants agreed that knowledge, skills and attitude on OH approaches are important in the training of certificate and diploma level students in the human, animal health and environment sectors.
  2. Relevant modules/topics to be introduced into certificated and diploma training curricula identified.
  3. Agreed on modalities for integrating One Health modules on into certificate and diploma level curricula
  4. Meeting participants also agreed on a framework for integrating the modules in the curricula.