As part of a Fogarty Global Health Training Program grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Global One Health initiative developed the One Health Eastern Africa Research Training (OHEART) program. Its purpose is to build capacity of four eastern African academic institutes located in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania through a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship program in foodborne, waterborne and vector-borne diseases, where candidates spend 1.5 years at Ohio State and 2.5 years at their home university.
The program involves Ohio State faculty from six colleges including Arts and Sciences, Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Veterinary Medicine. In addition, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Distance Education and e-Learning provide expertise to the project as well.
OHEART provides opportunities for faculty and student networking, increases the number of international scholars and helps narrow the gap in scientific knowledge and research capacity both for Ohio State and eastern African partners. The project also provides critical visibility for Ohio State in the region among academic and other institutional partners.
One Health / Meta-leadership
Michael Bisesi, PhD (Ohio State)
Responsibilities: Scientific Communication, Grant Management and Ethics Implementation
John Gunn, PhD (Ohio State)
|Waterborne||Cecilia Kathure Mbae, PhD (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
Jiyoung Lee, PhD (Ohio State)
|Vectorborne||Rosemary Sang, PhD (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
Abhay Satoskar, MD, PhD (Ohio State)
Rift Valley Fever Emerging viruses
Samuel Kariuki, PhD (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
Blocide heavy metal
|Rapid Detection Diagnostics||Belay Tessema, PhD (University of Gondar)
Shu-Hua Wang, MD, MPH, TM (Ohio State)
|Genomics and Bioinformatics||George Obiero, PhD (University of Nairobi)
Prosper Boyaka, PhD (Ohio State)