Strengthening Community Resilience: UTG Hosts ECOWAS One Health Outreach Course – Pandemic Preparedness & Respons

The University of The Gambia (UTG) recently hosted the ECOWAS One Health and Pandemic Preparedness Course, aimed at empowering professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to safeguard communities during public health crises. Rooted in the One Health approach, which recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health, this training program was designed to equip participants with the tools to effectively respond to health emergencies.

The course, held from April 22nd to 26th, 2024, at Bakadaji Hotel, brought together 25 participants from various sectors including human health, animal health, and the environment. Coordinated by the Directorate of Research and Consultancy in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Department of Public and Environmental Health, UTG, the workshop was conducted in partnership with the University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH), recognized as the WAHO and GIZ collaborative training University for ECOWAS Anglophone member states.

The training workshop, funded by GIZ and implemented in collaboration with Health Focus, underscored The Gambia’s commitment to embracing the One Health approach and fostering cross-border coordination. Lang Sanyang, Director of Research & Consultancy, led the coordination efforts alongside Mr. Ousainou Huma, Research Officer, and Dr. Paul Bass, Head of the Department of Public and Environmental Health, UTG.

The course was facilitated by a team of experts including Dr. Corneille Traore and Mrs. Esther Oladayo from Health Focus, Prof. Juliana Yartey Enos and Dr. Helena Naa Baake Acquah from the University of Ghana, and local facilitators Mr. Sheriffo MK Darboe, Dr. Ousman Ceesay, and Awori Andrew Sime from MOH-EDC, DLS, & ECOWAS RCSDC.

Through collaborative efforts and dedicated training initiatives like the ECOWAS One Health and Pandemic Preparedness Course, UTG remains committed to building resilient communities and safeguarding public health in The Gambia and beyond.