One Risk

West and Central Africa

Challenge

The One Risk program embraces the One Health approach to prevent and control health threats at the interface between production animals, wildlife and humans. Examples of such threats in Africa includes rabies, anthrax, brucellosis, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), cysticercosis, Ebola, trypanosomiasis, etc. Action toward addressing these threats should be guided by available evidence and requires cross-sector collaboration efforts – at national, regional and international levels. 

Solution

One Risk is a capacity-building initiative in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) to strengthen assessments of health risks at the interface between production animals, wildlife and humans. The quantitative analysis of available surveillance data and risk modeling will inform the response to these risks. This program is free of cost to participants.

Funded by USDA-APHIS and supported by WOAH, and with an initial focus in West and Central Africa, One Risk’s goals are to:

  • improve animal health and surveillance systems, including One Health systems; and promote safe and fair trade at the regional and international level;
  • strengthen communication within and between countries and regions, and at international level; and
  • foster regional collaboration & research.

What is One Risk?

The One Risk capacity building framework aims to: 

  • Collaboratively identify and evaluate current disease surveillance data in production animals, and at the interface of wildlife and humans.
  • Understand epidemiology and health risks connecting production animals, humans & wildlife.
  • Improve disease surveillance and response capabilities while fostering regional and international trade in production animals and related commodities.
  • Assess regional capabilities in disease surveillance, assessment, and response.
  • The project will take place in West and Central Africa in 2024 and early 2025.
  • It will involve participants ranging from management and strategic decision-makers to technical trainees, specializing in animal health, public health & zoonoses, and wildlife disease.

The project aims to create and strengthen sustainable capacity in the West and Central Africa region, ensuring effective management of animal and public health issues and safety of trade of animals and their commodities through evidence-based policy and collaborative efforts.

  • Training on the Job: Mentoring provides hands-on training for long-term skill acquisition, tailored to attendees’ work.
  • Participation: Up to 10 teams of 3-5 trainees will engage in the program for 6-8 months.
  • Project focus: Teams will work on a variety of topics, contributing insights to enhance surveillance and inform policy and response strategies for health risks.

Applications for One Risk WCA Training

  • Practical and hands-on knowledge and skills in quantitative analysis of surveillance data and risk modeling of health risks with the goal to directly support your work.
  • Attendance at two workshops (the first one in early June 2024). Costs of attendance will be covered.
  • Three-week online training (June/July 2024), with a time commitment of about 20-30 hours per week.
  • Project-based mentoring over 6–8-months, immediately following the online training. Mentoring will be provided by experienced quantitative modelers, epidemiologists and experts in One Health and beyond.
  • Opportunities to connect with regional and international experts in One Health, risk analysis, veterinary epidemiology, surveillance, and related fields.
  • Opportunities to build life-long relationships with professionals from West and Central Africa
  • Free access to a worldclass training program based on EpiX Analytics’ extensive and world-wide experience in quantitative modeling, analytics and risk analysis focused on supporting complex decisions.
  • We need every applicant’s commitment, motivation, and time to successfully complete this program, from June 2024 to February 2025
  • We strongly encourage applications from teams of 3-5 people:
    • from at least two institutions, with at least one person working in animal health.
    • with both team members conducting data collection or analysis, and at least one person involved in decision making.
    • individual applications with also be considered, but will ultimately be grouped with at least two other people, based on similar research interests. Such groups will be asked to resubmit joint applications.
  • Below is an overview of expected attendance requirements:
    • June 10 – 14, 2024 (onsite workshop, Dakar), 
    • June 17 – July 5, 2024 (online training, 2-4h/day), 
    • July 2024 – Feb 2025 (mentored project, with a time commitment  between 2 – 10 hours per week).
    • Onsite workshop in Q1 2025, exact dates and place TBD)
  • While not mandatory, we strongly encourage preliminary discussion and commitment from your manager/supervisor to ensure authorized support and your full participation in the workshops, classes, and full commitment during the project-based mentoring.
  • You will be asked to fill an online application form – this document provides an overview of the questions you’ll be required to answer.

West Africa:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

Central Africa:

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Chad, São Tomé & Principe

  • Application deadline:
    • Individual applications: 5:00pm (GMT), March 22, 2024
    • Team applications: 5:00pm (GMT), March 29, 2024
  • Selection process completion: Mid April, 2024
  • Online meetings: May, 2024
  • In-person workshop (Dakar): June 10– 14, 2024
  • Three-week online class: June 17 – July 5, 2024
  • Mentored projects: July 2024 – Q1 2025
  • Second in-person workshop: Late Q1, 2025

Application Deadline:
Individual applications: 5:00pm (GMT), March 22, 2024
Team applications: 5:00pm (GMT), March 29, 2024

Now closed to new applications

Project supported by

This project is made possible  through a contribution of USDA-APHIS, in collaboration with WOAH.

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to several of UN’s sustainable development goals 

THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development (un.org)