Infectious Diseases Management Training 2018 (Deadline: May 30,2018)

The One Health Workforce (OHW) project is developing a health workforce that is prepared to prevent, detect and respond to the threat of infectious diseases around the world. The project is part of the United States Agency for international Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT2) program, which focuses on cross-sectoral diseases surveillance, training, and outbreak response. Teams at the University of Minnesota (Project Lead) and Tufts University provide support for two regional university networks, the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network and the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOH UN).

OHW is able to leverage these established university networks to create a sustainable transformation in the regions’ health workforce. Recent and on-going threats have showcased a critical need for health workers that are prepared to manage diseases that cross human, animal, and environmental health sectors. The 2014 emergency of the Ebola virus in West Africa posed a global threat to human and animal health as well as national security and economic prosperity.

The epidemic called for a workforce that not only had the technical skills and competencies to work well within their own discipline and sector but also possessed the skills to effectively and efficiently work across sectors and disciplines to manage an infectious disease outbreak on a global scale.

Infectious Diseases Management (IDM) Course

The course is a comprehensive holistic strategy to equip our final year students from different programs of the University of Rwanda with knowledge and skills on detection, prevention and response to infectious disease outbreaks. Discipline are not only limited to medical courses like Human Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Nursing but also other non-medical courses like Business, Agriculture, Engineering and others.

We are building on last year’s success where we pioneered this course and trained 150 final year students from the University of Rwanda This time round, 100 final year students from the different disciplines are invited for the same training for one week at the University of Rwanda, Nyagatare Campus. The ultimate goal will be to create a critical mass of professionals who have capacity to work in a multi-disciplinary manner with the one health concept in mind.

Overall objective:

To equip final year students the basic principles of prevention, detection, and response to infectious disease outbreaks in the context of One Health

Specific objectives:

  1. Explain the relationship between humans, animals and the environment i n infectious disease transmission
  2. Understand the role of surveillance in infectious disease management
  3. Apply multi disciplinary approaches to infectious disease investigation and response

Invitation of students:

We are issuing this call for application; interested final year students from different programs of the University of Rwanda across different campuses are invited to apply to attend this training. The one-week training will take place at UR-Nyagatare campus starting from 08th to 11 th/06/2018.

Training facilitations:

Selected students are expected to arrive in the evening of Wednesday 07th and depart on the 11 th/06/2018 after the training. OHCEA will facilitate the students with transport, accommodation and feeding.


Review of eligible applications will follow the criteria listed below:

  1. Being a final year student at University of Rwanda
  2. Recommendation letter from the department
  3. Personal interest and motivation (between 100- 300 words) to promote one health approach:

Motivation letter including;

  • Clear explanation of how the activity would result in an innovation, demonstration of the ability to create effective and dynamic multidisciplinary student teams.
  • The technical soundness of motivation letter, the clarity and rationale for the stated objective of the activity.
  • Indicate tangible plan to provide feedback to OHCEA on lessons learned, connections made and student experiences at the end of the activity.
  1. The interested students should send their filled application form, motivation and recommendation letters to: (Check address on application form)
  2. To be a registered SOHIC club member is an added value


23rd to 30th May 2018: Students submit the applications (Application Deadline)

31 May 2018: Review of applications

01st June 2018: Announce the list of successful applicants 07th June 2018: Arrival of training participants

08th June 2018: Kick off the training

11th June 2018: End of the training and Departure

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