One Health Students Innovations Club Launched at University of Buea, Cameroon

Saturday, 8 July 2017 - 12:00am
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Participants during the launch

The One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) is a network of public health and veterinary institutions that are located in the Eastern and Central African region with the main goal of generating future leaders that have the capacity to address complex health challenges using the One Health Approach. As the network continues to grow, the University of Buea in Cameroon was recently welcomed into the OHCEA network. Two institutions within University of Buea, namely Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, were admitted.

Experience within the network shows that One Health Innovations clubs play a key role in the promotion of One Health approaches within a university and in surrounding communities. With this benefit in mind, the Student Innovations Club at the University of Buea was launched on 4th April, 2017 at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Deputy Vice Chancellor (in charge of Internal Controls) University of Buea was the Guest of Honour

Specifically, the launch ceremony was designed to achieve the following objectives;

  1. To create awareness on OH and GHSA issues, in order to stimulate the interest of the multi-disciplinary students of the University of Buea to gather together, form, and get involved in the OHSC.
  2. To inform the students on issues such as Emerging Infectious diseases and One Health, and activities of other student club members within OHCEA.
  3. To form a One Health Innovations Club, recruit the members, elect the leaders, and develop a strategic plan for the year 2018.

There was a good turn-up of students from across several faculties of the University of Buea. The enthusiasm of the Deans of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine was an indicator of sustainability and ownership.

The President of the One Health Innovations Club of Universites des Montagnes also attended and shared experiences and strategies with his counterparts at University of Buea. The presence of the top management of the University of Buea and collaborators was a strong motivating factor for the students and activity leads.

Students also got information on activities of other Innovations Clubs within OHCEA.

Soon after being launched, Club members met and agreed on a set of activities for the Year 2018 including the setting up of a Club office.

The student club executive was also elected as shown below;

  1. Tengen John – President
  2. Mah Gerbie Dasi – Vice President
  3. Ngoateu Chrysal  - Secretary General
  4. Mbah-Mbole Georgia – Public Relations
  5. Ambebe Roussel – Financial Secretary
  6. Foncham Faith – Minute Secretary
  7. Nailibu Musa – Student Development Officer
  8. Tanyi Taku – Communication and Student Liaison Officer
  9. Mbah Clarisse – Social and Community Outreach
  10. Kibu Odette – GHSA Action Package Officer
  11. Foku Joice – Minute Secretary