Rabies surveillance program and CCPZ inclusive learning model for addressing one-health educational challenge in West Africa
Babasola Olugasa1,2,&, Ayotunde Fasunla1,3
1Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, 2Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Babasola Olugasa, Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
in view of training needs to drive more effective one-health action against
rabies in West Africa, it is critical to review rabies surveillance programmes
in higher education and improve their one-health action goals. In this paper,
two lead questions were posed, namely: How can trained lay persons be better
utilized to facilitate rabies surveillance program at the community level?
And how can inclusive learning in one-health mode be applied to post-graduate
for surveillance of rabies in West Africa?
data were collected from 4 major specialised data base search engines on liberal art and science approaches to rabies surveillance education. One thousand, one hundred and eighty-nine papers were retrieved. Predefined selection criteria on teaching outcome and nature of collaboration were used to select 7 of these papers for review, using systematic analysis of the literature.
descriptive summary of modules in spatio-temporal epidemiology provided an inclusive concept note that integrated one-health approach into certificate of participation and degree programs at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria for disease surveillance through a Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses (CCPZ). The modules provided evidence that epidemiology is a liberal art and science which provided more effective and efficient course of training to engage participants in rabies surveillance from diverse backgrounds, promoting students' questioning, and enriching the classroom teaching and learning experiences.
spatio-temporal epidemiology (epizootiology) instructional materials on rabies surveillance at the CCPZ offers novel approach to addressing one-health educational challenge for understanding the human/animal environment interface in West Africa.
The 2nd International Conference on Rabies in West Africa (RIWA) (Madina)
Rabies in West Africa, a forum to coordinate regular meeting among governments and stakeholders in one-health, was inaugurated in December, 2012 to link Anglophone and Francophone West African countries in the surveillance and control of rabies. It aims to disseminate progress reports on rabies surveillance and control activities in West Africa. Its first conference was jointly sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria and the University of Ibadan Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses. The 2nd conference was held concurrently with the 20th Congress of the Ghana Veterinary Medical Association. The scientific programme included 2 lead papers, 9 symposia and a roundtable discussion. The presented papers which focused on: (i) knowledge, attitude and practices among native community stakeholders; (ii) clinical detection and outbreak investigations; (iii) national laboratory diagnostic activities and vaccination records; (iv) wildlife infection study; and (v) spatial or spatio-temporal distribution of dog bite victims with suspected, probable and confirmed rabies exposures from three countries namely, Ghana (7); Nigeria (4) and Liberia (1). The conference gave consensus report that rabies has remained a neglected disease in West Africa and therefore deserves one-health approach for its control and prevention alongside a stepwise eradication in domestic dogs and humans.
Dates: 28 Oct 14 - 31 Oct 14
Venue: Institute of Local Government Studies
Organizers: The Society for Rabies in West Africa
Contact person: Professor Albert B. Ogunkoya (email@example.com)