One Health Research Capacity Survey – 2019 Winner

The HORN project undertook a survey to quantify baseline estimates for how much research is currently, or has recently been, undertaken using a One Health ethos. The survey was focussed on departments in Higher Education and research institutes in the Horn of Africa region. This results will allow identification of the strengths, weaknesses and gaps in regional One Health working, which can then be used to target capacity-building objectives.

To encourage responses, a prize of £500 would be awarded to one of the volunteers who completed the survey. Drawn at random, the winner was Megarsa Bedasa from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

After consulting academic staff from various departments within the college, Megarsa ordered seven veterinary books which would have otherwise been very difficult to obtain. These included “Dohoo et al. (2014): Veterinary Epidemiological Research, 2nd Edition”; “Rushton (2009): The Economics of Animal Health and Production”; and “Grist (2013): Bovine Meat Inspection, 2nd edition”.

Mergarsa said “These books are essential for veterinary teaching and research, and provide an important source of input for the college’s learning and research activities. I thank the HORN Project for this remarkable generosity.”

The HORN project has already sent out a second survey in 2020, and another lucky winner will be chosen to receive £500 for books in 2021.