Case Competition

YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN OHCEA’S FIRST REGIONAL LEVEL STUDENT GLOBAL HEALTH CASE COMPETITION

One Health Central and Eastern Africa will host its first regional Global Health Case Competition (GHCC) during the 3rd OHCEA International One Health Conference, in Kampala-Uganda.

GHCCs, in the context of One Health, are a high level approach to training the future One Health workforce. These sophisticated inter-professional team-based competitions heighten students’ understanding of real world national, regional and/or global challenges and solutions. Within the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network, several countries have been engaging in Global Health Case Competitions over the last five years.

Student teams, with the support of a faculty coach, propose well-researched, evidence-based realistic solutions to a complex case they receive approximately 7-10 days before the competition. The student teams will present their innovative solutions to a panel of judges, who will apply pre-established criteria in their selection of the winning solution. Successful teams dedicate extensive time during the competition preparation week to research the problem, explore diverse solutions, speak with experts in the field, and prepare a compelling presentation that adheres exactly to the competition guidelines and rules. The winning teams take the challenge to the highest professional level whilst using creativity that is grounded in real-world constraints including political, social, cultural, financial, and logistical constraints.

Institutions from around the world that are interested in participating in the GHCC at the OHCEA conference, 23-26 July 2019, are encouraged to submit their application before April 30th 2019 at the following link: APPLICATION HERE. The application must include a roster of 4-6 undergraduate students representing at least three distinct disciplines (e.g., veterinary medicine, nursing, medicine, business, etc), and the identified faculty coach. Below is some basic information about the competition, and more details will be provided to the teams accepted for the competition.

Case and Competition Logistics
A technical team will develop the case that will be used for this GHCC. The participating teams will be provided with the case, including the rules and requirements, approximately 7-10 days before competition day. The case will address a relevant One Health issue, and will involve complexities that require student teams to make strategic decisions in formulating their solution.

The student teams will be provided meeting space at the conference venue for a pre-competition workday on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. They will be able to use that time to work together as a team and to finalize presentation details. Teams will be REQUIRED to submit their final presentation slide deck to the designated conference official by the time and date designated in the official rules received with the case (most likely a time early on Wednesday). Teams that do not meet the deadlines will be ineligible to compete on Thursday, 25 July 2019.

Judging
An international judging panel will be selected based on their diverse backgrounds and experiences. These are stakeholders who may include academia, government, civil society, and other suitable delegates. Judges will be oriented to the case, and the judging criteria, in a judging orientation prior to competition day. Their decisions will be final.

Prizes
The top two winning teams will be awarded USD 1000 and 500 respectively, with an expectation that the funds are used to design and implement an innovative OH idea/project/intervention in their home country in collaboration with their Student One Health Innovation Club (where such clubs or their equivalent exist).

Registration and Conference Logistics
Registration fees for the teams will be USD 50 per student and USD 100 per faculty mentor. Participating institutions will be responsible for taking care of accommodation and transport costs for their teams. The Conference organizing team can assist in identifying accommodation options at reasonable charges.

Questions
Please send any clarifying questions to Ms. Milly Nattimba on mnattimba@ohcea.org