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.
Reducing the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in women and children
Iron deficiency anaemia is highly prevalent in developing countries and continues to pose a serious public health problem. Additionally, locally sourced, healthy, iron rich foods are not easily accessible for the communities at risk. In Dominica, the 2010 Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health and Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) revealed that the highest prevalence of anemia was in women aged between 17-49 years (46.9%) and children aged between 1-4 years (33.3%). To address this challenge, the project team in Dominica, working in the community of La Plaine Health District, partnered with the Ministries of Health and Agriculture, as well as community groups, to create demonstration sites to grow locally available iron rich, nutritious foods and developed meal plans and recipes, with monitoring guidelines, to reduce the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in high-risk women and children.
Photo Caption: Preparing healthy, iron rich foods