Learning Opportunity: A hands-on orientation
The One Health Policy Model
Africa is expected to become one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world in the coming decades. As incomes grow, the demand for livestock and livestock products also will increase. These developments, combined with continued fast population growth, are likely to spur dramatic intensification and expansion of livestock production. But rapid growth also poses economic and health risks from diseases among animals and people, antimicrobial resistance, and environmental degradation
In response to this paradigm and to provide decision makers with a tool to understand the interactions between the increases in animal populations and human, we developed an interactive One Health Policy Model which can be adapted and applied to any country. It can generate data for policy dialogue and decision-making to mitigate risks from livestock intensification on human, animal, and environmental health. The Excel-based model can be populated with country-specific data and users can design future scenarios to reflect their expectations for the future as well as to examine the impacts of alternative interventions. The model has been applied in four African countries in collaboration with the USAID/FAO an initiative called African Sustainable Livestock 2050.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES At the end of this workshop, participants will have learned:
- The basic logic and structure of the model
- Select, enter, and validate data inputs into the model;
- Design scenarios based on different assumptions;
- Generate and interpret results of the model;
PARTICIPANTS All conference participants are welcome to attend the workshop, but registration will be capped at 25. Participants with a background in human and veterinary public health, one health policy and program strategy development, environmental impacts of livestock, epidemiology, multisector dynamics, and evidence dissemination for policy audiences are particularly welcome. Participants should bring their own laptop computers and will be provided with a USB flash drive containing the required software and documentation.
FACILITATOR Dr Scott Moreland, is a Vice President and health economist at Palladium. He has developed numerous policy models including the One Health Policy model. He contributes to global health security where he oversees the GHSA-sponsored initiative to develop and pilot a community event-based surveillance system for priority human and zoonotic diseases in Senegal and Burkina Faso using a one health approach. Prior to joining Palladium, he was at RTI International and was a lecturer in economics at the University of Warwick, England.