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8th May 2023
Welcome to issue 60 of the DrumBeat!

Welcome to issue number 60 of the DrumBeat. This edition covers our collaborative efforts to achieve planetary health under the Capacitating One Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (COHESA) project. Through the project we aim to address solutions at the intersection between animal, plant, environment, and human health.

Our Video of the Month covers snippets of a regional Science Communication training on One Health that happened in Nairobi, for COHESA affiliated countries. In the video, experts share their opinions on what One Health means, how it can be achieved, and lessons from represented countries.

In Our Newsroom section, we highlight collaborative One Health efforts through COHESA. We feature the project's lead Dr. Theo Knight-Jones and dive into ISAAA AfriCenter-led One Health Science Media efforts. Finally, we join our veterinarians around the world who celebrated World Veterinary Day on 29th April recognizing their importance in the One Health sphere. Here we take a peek at how the Kenya Veterinary Association celebrated this special day on the eve of World Labor Day.

The Story of the Month features Zambia's One Health journey through the eyes of a One Health expert from the country. The recent launch of a National One Health Strategy presents an exciting achievement towards streamlining One Health goals in the country. Zambia's success story extends to the neighbouring Malawi where a multistakeholder team is guiding development of a National One Health Strategy. The Story of the Month validates the need for a One Health approach to tackle complex issues that require an integrated multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral, and multi-national approach.

For more on these and other stories, read through the DrumBeat issue 60. Welcome!


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Dr. Raymond Hamoonga

Dr. Raymond Hamoonga
National Coordinator for One Health in Zambia under the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI)

Zambia's One Health journey through the eyes of an expert from the country

One Health is an understanding that the health on this planet including the Universe as a whole is interconnected. As a veterinary doctor, I realise that I have been practicing One Health in Zambia through my private practice from as early as when I had my first degree. I have always been passionate about the link between human and animals' health encouraging traditional livestock keepers and rural women dairy farmers to adhere to milk and meat withdrawal periods during livestock treatment.

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From Our Newsroom
Introducing the timely COHESA project

Introducing the timely COHESA project

Our editor interviewed the project lead for the ambitious COHESA project, Dr. Theo Knight-Jones. He gives an overview of what COHESA project stands for and how they are trying to build the capacity of African governments in One Health approach towards a healthy society, animals, plants and the environment. Read more.

ISAAA AfriCenter guides the National One Health Steering Committee, Ethiopia through a media science cafe

ISAAA AfriCenter guides the National One Health Steering Committee, Ethiopia through a media science cafe

The National One Health Steering Committee in Ethiopia and the University of Addis Ababa with support from Capacitating One Health in East and Southern Africa (COHESA), and under the guidance of ISAAA AfriCenter organized a media science café on 17th February 2023 in Addis Ababa. The theme for the media science café was “Why One Health Matters” with the objective being to increase public awareness and embed the One Health concept across society. Read more.

World Veterinary Day celebration in style by Kenya Veterinary Association

World Veterinary Day celebration in style by Kenya Veterinary Association

The Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA) celebrated the 2023 World Veterinary Day (WVD) in style by organizing its Annual Scientific Conference from 26th to 28th April 2023 at Golf Hotel in Kakamega County. The conference's theme was "promoting diversity, equality, and inclusiveness in the veterinary profession," and it brought together 240 veterinarians and other dignitaries. Read more.

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