Developing a Career in One Health: Stories from the Next Generation

The Lancet One Health Commission welcomes you to join the third webinar of the One Health - Reconnecting for Our Future series. Join this discussion as speakers representing various One Health initiatives reflect and share their ideas for the future of One Health.

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The One Health approach continues to generate interest and excitement among students and early career professionals from diverse disciplines, especially now in the era of COVID-19. What are the challenges and opportunities that they face as they develop their young careers in One Health? In this webinar, speakers representing various One Health student and professional networks will reflect on their personal journeys and share their ideas for the future of One Health education, research and practice. Speakers will open the webinar with a quick round on their own experiences in One Health, which will then be followed by an interactive discussion and an open Q&A session for the audience to interact.


Image may contain: Person, Face, Forehead, Head, Chin.Thumbi Mwangi is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases. He leads a research program on linkages between human and animal health that includes implementation research for rabies elimination in East Africa, livestock programming for improving human nutritional status, and control programs for priority endemic and epidemic zoonotic diseases in Kenya. He serves as the Chair of the Technical Committee on Infectious Disease Modeling advising the Kenyan government on the COVID-19 response.


Image may contain: Blue, Turquoise, Outerwear, Turquoise.Ruhil Hayati Hamdan is working as a Senior Lecturer in Paraclinical Department at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan. Her area of specialization is aquatic animal health. She acquired her Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Biodiversity Management) and Master of Science (Biotechnology in Aquatic Animal Health) in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. In 2017, she obtained her PhD (Aquatic Animal Health) from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has over 10 years of experience in projects involving aquatic animal health such as: disease surveillance; pathogen isolation, identification and characterization; multi-drug resistance; phage therapy; and disease control and prevention in a range of aquaculture settings.


Image may contain: Suit, White-collar worker, Businessperson, Formal wear.Saad Uakkas is a Moroccan final year medical student and global health advocate. He is the Liaison Officer to Student Organizations of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), working with other international health students on One Health issues. He is also a member of the Trainee Advisory Committee of Consortium of Universities for Global Health. He led multiple national and international projects and campaigns such as the IFMSA COVID-19 campaign and Blood Donor Day.


Image may contain: Tie, Tie, Chin, White-collar worker, Forehead.Walekhwa Abel Wilson is currently finishing his Master of Public Health degree at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. He is the Immediate Past President (2019-2020) of the International Student One Health Alliance (ISOHA) and has eight years of active practice in One Health with both private and public sectors. Passionate about One Health research and epidemic response, he is currently an active member of Students One Health Club of Mbarara University of Science and Technology.


Image may contain: Necklace, Hair, Face, Blond, Eyebrow.Helena Chapman is the Associate Program Manager for Health and Air Quality Applications in the Applied Sciences Program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States. In this focus area, her team promotes the use of Earth observation data in One Health applications, related to air quality management and infectious disease prevention and control. She currently is a member of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team, serves as Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and moderator of the One Health Social Sciences Initiative of the One Health Commission.


Image may contain: Facial expression, Smile, Forehead.Renzo Guinto is the Next Generation One Health Adviser of the Lancet One Health Commission co-hosted by the University of Oslo (UiO) in Norway, Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany, and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Ghana. A Filipino physician working at the nexus of global health and sustainable development, he is the Chief Planetary Doctor of PH Lab – a “glo-cal think-and-do tank” for advancing the health of both people and the planet. An Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader and Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, Renzo recently received his Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard University; for his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the concept of “climate-smart” health systems in coastal municipalities in the Philippines.


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Webinar Format

This webinar will include lightning rounds (4-minute opening remarks about experiences in One Health) from speakers followed by an interactive discussion and an open Q&A session led by the moderator. All participants must register for the webinar in order to receive the zoom link. Please note that this webinar will be recorded and distributed to those who registered but were unable to join. 


On the seminar series One Health – Reconnecting for Our Future

The CGH is hosting The Lancet One Health Commission webinar series, One Health – Reconnecting for Our Future. The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana also supports this series, as does the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This series aims to: (1) increase awareness of One Health in general and of its relevance for health security in the COVID-19 era, (2) share and disseminate the work of the Commission, and (3) foster a multi-directional dialogue among the academic and scientific community, the policy community, the NGO community, frontline clinicians, and ‘next generation’ students and young professionals.

Published June 16, 2020 11:20 AM - Last modified Sep. 8, 2021 7:40 PM