As part of the UNICEF’s Humanitarian Programme through its flagship programme called “Generation Unlimited” and “One Health for Change (UP-OHC)” cluster, several small projects were initiated. The goal is to develop capacity by empowering future academics through a transdisciplinary approach that encompasses disciplines and skills needed, to build knowledge that matters to society and decision-makers. In addition, a seedbed of feasible actions that can lead to new projects in the future is created. These projects are short-term mentorship-driven programmes which specifically develop human resource capacity in transdisciplinary “One Health” research focused on young scientists.

Projects include young scientists, are transdisciplinary, and include community outreach. Various faculties and departments are involved to promote trans-disciplinary and collaborative research. Collaborations are created within and beyond the University of Pretoria and include national, regional, and international stakeholders.


Principal Investigator & Project Title



Mosquito-borne vector epidemiology and One Health in

Vhembe District, Limpopo Province 


Prof. Tiaan de Jager


Identification of zoonotic disease hotspots in South Africa –

A risk map assessment 


Prof. Wanda Markotter


SARS-CoV-2 water-based epidemiology in Gauteng,

September – December 2020 


Dr. Janet Mans


Adapting to a new normal: understanding knowledge,

attitudes, and practices in response to the COVID pandemic 


Dr. Sean Patrick


Creating a supportive environment for mothers to infant

breastfeeding through community engagement


Dr. Ellenore Meyer


Food products adopted to climate change to improve

food security for children


Prof. Hettie Schonfeldt


All-inclusive One Health Risk Analysis for Community Health


Prof. Lise Korsten


Covid-19: Downstream impact of disinfectants and

sanitizers on the environment, food and healthcare systems:

A legal and regulatory framework


Prof. Lise Korsten


Detection of infectious diseases in livestock at abattoirs and

knowledge transfer to stakeholders in the Eastern Cape

province of South Africa


Prof. Henriette van Heerden


Fasciolosis detection in  slaughter cattle and awareness

training in Eastern Cape, South Africa


Dr. Chris Marufu


Shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli (STEC) from

goats in South Africa


Dr. Masufiri Karama

Conveying community needs through storytelling

to promote people-centered social development policies


Dr. Michelle Janse van Rensburg

Helga Lister


- Author UP-OHC

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