One Health One Caribbean One Love Project Background
The University of the West Indies in collaboration with The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and the Ministries of Agriculture of Grenada, Guyana and St. Kitts & Nevis has implemented a project entitled, “One Health, One Caribbean, One Love,” with funding from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and The European Union (EU).
The goal of the project is to increase food security, animal health and production in Caribbean countries. The achieve this, the project promotes a “One Health” approach to zoonotic and food borne disease surveillance, diagnosis and response. The project will use participatory methods to identify key constraints and issues at the animal-human-ecosystem interface and will develop and test innovative One Health strategies to resolve these problems.
The One Health approach embraces the inter-connectivity of the world and tackles the type of problems we face collectively as a region including climate change, habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, over-exploitation, food security, water issues, invasive species and emerging diseases.
- To increase food security, animal health and production in Caribbean countries
- To promote and entrench a One Health approach to zoonotic and food borne disease surveillance, diagnosis and response
- To increase laboratory capabilities to diagnose foreign and endemic animal and zoonotic diseases, and enhance the accuracy of diagnostic test results
- To improve interdisciplinary collaboration between medical, veterinary, environmental and wildlife professionals
- To build capacity in One Health approaches and leadership
- To establish a Caribbean network of One Health leaders
- To exchange information and best practices with other One Health networks globally
The One Health Leadership Series, Veterinary 1st Responders and Lab Workshops are funded as part of the “One Health, One Caribbean, One Love” project through the ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology and is being supported by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Project being executed by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
This series seeks to train and connect a core regional group of One Health Leaders, selected from multiple sectors including government, non-government, academic and private organisations in the fields of health, agriculture, and the environment. The series will strengthen the capacity of Caribbean veterinary, public health and environmental services to design and manage One Health strategic plans, policies, and projects. This will develop more holistic, scientific solutions to endemic and emerging problems that limit food security, animal production and food safety.
Veterinary First Responders
An Animal Diseases Recognition and Response training series will be delivered to field veterinarians and senior animal health technicians with experience working with livestock diseases.
To improve laboratory diagnostic capabilities across the Caribbean region, a training course will be conducted for veterinary diagnostic laboratory technicians in laboratory management and quality assurance. Also novel, fast and sensitive diagnostic laboratory techniques will be validated and introduced into selected diagnostic laboratories throughout the Caribbean region.
The project will conduct a regional workshop aimed at developing a Caribbean One Health Strategic Plan, with national input from member countries and respective ministries. The draft regional strategic plan will be presented to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be ratified by Ministers of Agriculture, Health and the Environment. It will also provide the building blocks for the development of national One Health policies and strategic plans.
One Health, One Caribbean, One Love Project Partners