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 news, education, collaboration, advocacy, research and solutions across human, animal, and environmental 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 social impact and health programs, media projects, advocacy, and research, the core values of “One Health” are consistently integrated to achieve sustainable results in health promotion and sustainable development.

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

Our Mission

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

 

Our Vision

To be the foremost organization in Africa promoting education and collaborative solutions to public health and sustainable development through the One Health approach.

History of Ohdi

One Health and Development Initiative (OHDI) started initially in February 2016 as a blog called ‘MyAnimal,MyHealth’ by Dr. Kikiope Oluwarore, a veterinarian and One Health professional.

The MyAnimal,MyHealth 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 major health journalism projects that promoted investigated, reported, and promoted public education and advocacy on correlated issues of human and animal health. 

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Our Areas of Work

What we do

Promoting knowledge and building the capacity of pet and livestock owners on good animal welfare practices while improving their access to quality animal health services. This is particularly important for remote and marginalized agrarian communities who are often in close interaction with animals but often lack access to quality animal health services.

This particularly includes programs and research in the control and prevention of zoonoses diseases of public health importance; including Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZDs) and emerging zoonoses

Advancing sustainable agricultural practices that will ensure livestock health and productivity, guarantee food security for communities, and promote sustainable livelihood for farmers

Maintaining the health of land and aquatic environments through the promotion of sanitation, hygiene, and waste management practices and promoting the recovery of polluted environments.

Promoting knowledge and appreciation of wildlife biodiversity and practical implementation of good conservation practices. This is particularly important for key rural and/or remote communities with high biodiverse land and marine ecosystems.

Promoting public awareness and education on the rising public health threats of AMR, implementing evidenced-based research, and ensuring best practices are implemented in its control.

Our Implementation Strategies

Implementation of community-based projects that fall under our respective programmatic focus areas. We would ensure that projects are relevant and directly meet the core needs of the target communities.

Utilization of online and traditional media tools to promote news, information, education, awareness, and advocacy on relevant and contending One Health issues.

 Engaging policy-makers and influencers at local, state, and national levels, and advocating for the establishment and implementation of relevant policy framework and laws that would achieve our respective programmatic goals and the overall goal of One Health.

Conducting and promoting scientific research to inform evidence-based solutions that would advance One Health outcomes and help us achieve our programmatic goals. This can be conducted internally within the organization or in collaboration with external stakeholders, institutions, and organizations.

Utilization and integration of new and existing technology platforms that can facilitate the organization’s work in promoting relevant information and facilitating service delivery.

How we do it

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