One Health and Development Initiative (OHDI)


Our Background

About us

One Health and Development Initiative (OHDI) 

We are dedicated to promoting and fostering One Health education, collaboration, advocacy, research and interventions across human, animal, and ecosystem health. At OHDI, our mission is rooted in the belief that public health issues are intertwined across the human, animal, and environmental ecosystems thereby requiring a holistic approach to effective and sustainable solutions.

Therefore, in implementing our various activities through programs, media, advocacy, and research, the core values of “One Health” are consistently integrated to achieve sustainable results in health and development.

In the current Strategic Period (2021 to 2025), we are implementing the revised OHDI Strategic Plan (2021 – 2025).

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Our Mission

To inform the public, advocate in spaces, provide evidence, and implement solutions to correlated issues of human, animal, and ecosystem health through the integrated One Health approach.


Our Vision

To be the foremost organization in Africa advancing effective One Health solutions to public health and sustainable development challenges.

History of Ohdi

One Health and Development Initiative was founded in June 2019 by Dr. Kikiope Oluwarore, a veterinarian with interrelated experiences in One Health, global health security and animal welfare. The foundation for the organization started with a blog she established in February 2016 called ‘MyAnimal,MyHealth’ 

The blog provided and promoted news and information on related topics of animal and public health. As the blog gained traction and publicity, the work expanded to taking up health journalism projects that investigated, reported, and promoted public education and advocacy on correlated issues of human and animal health. 

Our Areas of Work

What we do

Implementing effective multi-sectoral interventions that prevent and control zoonotic diseases (neglected, emerging and re-emerging), mitigate AMR, improve food safety, and enhance global health security.

Promoting stakeholders’ knowledge, research, training, and policy advocacy on standard animal welfare frameworks, while improving access to quality animal health services.

Advancing sustainable climate-smart agricultural practices and innovative alternative protein approaches that will improve productivity, sustain the environment, and advance health, nutrition, food security and livelihoods.

Improving the knowledge, capacity, and participatory action of communities to implement sustainable environmental conservation practices and policies in biodiverse land and marine ecosystems.

Our Implementation Strategies


How we do it

Designing and implementing applied research to inform evidence-based solutions that would advance One Health outcomes and help us achieve our programmatic goals. This can be conducted as a sole endeavor or in collaboration with external stakeholders, institutions, and organizations.

Implementing interventions within our programmatic areas of work. We ensure that projects are relevant, evidence-based, cost-effective, participatory, and directly meet the core needs of the target communities and stakeholders.

Utilizing digital and traditional media tools to promote news, information, education, awareness, advocacy and policy influencing on relevant One Health issues.

Engaging policymakers and influencers in advocacy for the establishment and/or implementation of relevant policy frameworks, in line with our respective programmatic goals, and to achieve sustainable One Health outcomes.

Utilizing and integrating technology that can facilitate the organization’s work in achieving programmatic goals for sustainable One Health outcomes.

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