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.
Solid waste disposal/management is detrimental to the environment and adversely affects human and animal health. In Guyana, different aspects of solid waste disposal from homes, farms and industries fall under the responsibility of various Ministries including the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Communities and the Ministry of Presidency (Natural Resources and the Environment Unit). Efforts to address issues related to solid waste disposal are usually carried out in isolation. Guyana’s One Health Leaders spearheaded collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, integrated knowledge and encouraged sharing of resources among various Ministries, international agencies and civil society groups. They formed a multi-faceted One Health Team and worked with residents of the Plaisance community in east coast Demerara to use a One Health approach to proactively address solid waste disposal issues in the community. Working with schools and community leaders in the Plaisance community, they fostered creative ways of reusing and recycling waste.
Photo Caption: Bay-C, One Health celebrity patron, educating children on solid waste management