One Health Leadership Series
One of the major activities of the UWI’s EU/ACP funded One Health One Caribbean One Love project, was the two (2) year One Health Leadership Series. It brought together 29 Caribbean professionals from diverse backgrounds across 12 Countries and built capacity in Leadership and One Health.
One Health National Projects
Learning by Doing
Participants in the One Health Leadership Series were given an opportunity to turn knowledge into action. One Health national teams were formed and tasked to design and implement small, funded, locally relevant projects in each of the 12 participating countries. Each national team was supported by a mentor. Participants gained insights and experience in facilitating change, building and negotiating relationships and empowering and engaging others across scales and sectors. During workshops, participants shared their successes and challenges, lessons learnt and best practices from around the region.
National One Health projects included heavy metal testing of shark meat in Trinidad and Tobago, construction of a mobile aquaponics to reduce the risk of mercury exposure from eating fresh water fish in Suriname, antimicrobial resistance and residues testing in Barbados, reduction of pesticide use in Haiti, managing the invasive lionfish in St Vincent and the Grenadines, managing the giant African snail in Antigua and Barbuda, creative messaging for childhood obesity in Grenada, addressing iron deficiency anaemia through food security in Dominica, rabies outreach in Belize, solid waste management in Guyana and sustainable watershed management in protected areas, Jamaica.
Investigation into the presence of antibiotic residues and multidrug resistant Salmonella in locally produced poultry meat
Team Barbados set out to investigate if antibiotic residues are present in chicken meat and evaluated whether multidrug resistant bacteria Salmonella, which affects both humans and animals, is present in the locally produced poultry meat. They built lasting partnerships within the Ministries of Health, Agriculture and other stakeholders and they tested out a sampling approach that can be used for larger antimicrobial surveillance projects in other Caribbean countries. Based on the samples collected, the team identified the most prevalent Salmonella spp in local poultry and possible residue source (tetracycline).
Photo Caption: One Health Team in the lab