One Health methods research
1. One Health Research activities 2015-2016
The SNNDZ aims at promotong the next generation of scientists working on control of NTDs and Zoonoses. The SNNDZ has adopted the "One Health" approach and puts particular emphasis on
capacity strengthening for qualitative research.
A central objective for the period 2014-2016 is to identify and address knowledge gaps. In many countries, it is not clear if and how the One Health (OH) concept is addressed. Therefore, a small international task force within the SNNDZ is proposing to sytematically review, in 6 countries, the available information on:
- HOW TO IDENTIFY PRIORITY AREAS OF RESEARCH FOR ZOONOSES?
This arm on "research gap" will consist to repeat an existing research methodology procedure of a published study to investigate "what are prior research options in the field of zoonotic diseases in my country?". This replicate study realized by PHFI in India is planned to be carried out in 2015 in six countries. You can read more about the Indian study here.
- HOW THE OH CONCEPT IS HANDLED AT THE UNDERGRADUATE AND POST-GRADUATE LEVEL?
This arm on "educational gap" will consist on the investigation and review of curricula that introduce the OH concept. In 2015 research protocol is expected to be developed by the Belgium team and a literature review done by Véronica Ormea (as part of her master thesis). In 2016, six countries and Belgium plan to carry out the study (collect data by document review & interview and analyses the results). This activity should eventually result in recommendations that are relevant for educational curricula in the partner countries as well as more internationally.
Because the OH concept has different definitions and may be perceived differently in the academic world, we decided to contextualise the gap mapping and systematic review and implement it as a country exercice rather than globally.