Breaking Barriers, Forging Knowledge
The University of Pretoria’s One Health for Change (UP OHC) is a network of scientist from different faculties within the university. The theme ‘Breaking Barriers, Forging Knowledge’ alludes to our goal to break down the barriers caused by ‘silos’ between different disciplines and forge (build) new knowledge. A holistic ‘One Health’ approach promotes much-needed understanding of the inter-relationships between human, animal and environmental health.
Focus areas: Virology and other Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, Environment (Water), Climate change, Economics, Anthropology, Veterinary Sciences, Entomology, Engineering (Smart Cities), Mathematical modelling, Law (Human rights), Ecosystem Health, Health Systems and Public Health, Animal Biology, Plant Health, Food security and nutrition, Geography, Geology and Meteorology
The goal is to develop capacity, by empowering future academics by developing a transdisciplinary approach, including disciplines and skills needed, to build evidence that matters to society and decision-makers. Create a seedbed of feasible actions that can lead to new projects in the future.
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Programme through its flagship programme called “Generation Unlimited” collaborates with the University of Pretoria to build this capacity.