New Submission Deadline: Friday 8th March 2019, 5:00 PM EAT










The rapidly increasing global population has resulted in increased human-domestic animal-wildlife interactions. Global trends indicate that economies are increasingly becoming consumer driven, populations more urban and regions more inter-connected. With international, cross-border travel and trade, diseases can spread around the world at alarming speed. The factors that make these trends possible, also dictate the importance of multiple disciplines and sectors working together in mitigating these challenges. The recent Ebola and Avian Influenza outbreaks have demonstrated the importance of the One Health approaches in supporting and managing global health efforts and ensuring global health security. The experience of working in multi-sectoral teams in saving lives and reducing fatality rates is one of the lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak response in West Africa; emphasizing the role of One Health in improving detection, prevention and control of health risks.

Working towards achieving global health is the ultimate goal for the survival of man and animals and the protection of their ecosystems in the wake of emerging and reemerging pandemic diseases. In order to realize this goal, a holistic approach which harnesses efforts that cut across disciplines and sectors is urgently needed. The past two decades have seen many efforts put into ground breaking One Health innovations in research, capacity building and practice. The current discourse revolves around what we are learning in terms of impact and sustainability of the One Health approach in harnessing global health security.

The 3rd OHCEA International One Health Conference scheduled for July 2019 in Nairobi Kenya, offers a unique opportunity to participants to share their expertise, experiences and possible solutions to global health security through the One Health approach. The theme for the 3rd OHCEA International One Health Conference is “Harnessing One Health for Global Health Security”. This theme addresses three different but related domains namely:

  1. Ground-breaking OH innovations and proof of concept in different areas
  2. Innovations for partnership and collaboration and sharing experiences on working together with different partners and stakeholders under a OH approach.
  • Sustainability and institutionalization of One Health best practices.

The conference provides a platform to share what has worked, what hasn’t worked, best practices, challenges, lessons learned, the key players and leaders, and roles of different stakeholders such as governments, private sectors, development partners and communities. Several actors, including academia, researchers, students, private sector, governments, civil society and networks, are welcome to share their experiences.

OHCEA is calling for submission of abstracts within the following sub-themes taking into account the three domains mentioned above:

Sub theme 1: One Health workforce development

Under this sub theme, abstracts relate to the following categories:

  • pre-service (i.e. students/ future workforce)
  • in-service (i.e. the current workforce)
  • faculty development
  • curriculum development and delivery
Sub theme 2: One Health and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

This sub theme focuses on applying the OH approach in addressing AMR through the following categories:

  • the burden and drivers of AMR
  • interventions against AMR
  • AMR policy environment
  • alternatives options to antimicrobials
  • diagnostics and genomics
Sub theme 3: Zoonotic Disease Surveillance and Control for One Health

The OH approach is an essential factor in the surveillance and control of zoonotic diseases. Under this sub theme, abstracts relate to the following categories are invited:

  • Innovative surveillance systems and control strategies
  • Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices towards zoonotic diseases
  • Preparedness and response to zoonotic diseases
Sub theme 4: Community and government engagement for One Health

Governments and communities play a key role in the success of OH interventions. Abstracts under this sub theme will cover the following:

  • Empowering communities in early detection and response
  • Engaging Governments in pandemic preparedness
  • Building capacities of communities and governments in One Health
  • Engagement of disadvantaged/underserved communities in One Health
Sub theme 5: Partnerships and collaboration in One Health

Although partnerships and collaboration are key elements in fostering One Health, they remain a challenge in practice. Abstracts under this sub theme will cover the following:

  • Innovative case studies on partnerships and collaboration
  • National, Regional and International One Health platforms
  • Partnerships for One Health Workforce
  • Partnerships for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using the One Health Approach
  • Partnerships for establishing One Health Laboratories Networks in Africa
Sub theme 6: Environmental Management for One Health

Environmental challenges are complex. Learning how the OH approach is being applied in to address these challenges is the focus of this sub theme. The following categories will be considered in this context:

  • Environmental pollution
  • Ecosystem, Health and Conservation
  • Creating awareness and behaviour change for environmental management
  • Governance and management
  • Climate change and related planetary boundaries
Sub theme 7: Policy, Social and Economic issues of One Health

The role of policy, economic and social factors is recognised in shaping outcomes of OH interventions. Abstracts that demonstrate application of OH approaches in dealing with these elements shall be considered:

  • Policy, socio-cultural and economic lessons learnt from outbreak preparedness and response
  • Cost effectiveness of One Health interventions
  • Politics of pandemic preparedness for emerging threats
  • Translation of research to policy
  • Case studies of policies and practices that reduce risk
  • One Health governance, advocacy, communication

Abstract Guidelines

  • File format: Ms Word (.doc or. docx)
  • Abstract length: Each abstract should not exceed 250 words
  • Subsection headings: UPPER CASE, bold and italicized
  • Margins: 1 inch at top, bottom and sides
  • Font style and size: Times New Roman, 12
  • Line spacing: Double

Guidance for Abstract specific sections

Study title: Maximum number of words is 20, bold, central alignment

Authors names: Font size 10, not bold, central alignment

Institutional affiliations of Authors: Font size 9, not bold, central alignment

Name and contact of corresponding author: Functioning email and phone contact, Font size 8, not bold, central alignment


Abstracts should be organized under the following sub-sections:



Describe the importance of the study/intervention 



Specify the objectives of the study/intervention.



Provide a description of the methods used OR intervention design).



Describe major findings or results from the study or intervention



Key messages from the study or intervention

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Do not include any figures, pictures, tables, or references in your abstract.
Abstract Submission Deadline is Friday 8th March 2019 at 5pm (East Africa Time).
Notification of selected abstracts: By 15th April 2019