Events and Photos

UP OneHealth4Change network hosts events that promote skills and training development within the network, strengthen collaborations between network members, and promote education of One Health issues in communities. UNICEF and UP Future Africa enable the network to provide much needed support and awareness to communities.


UP OneHealth4Change held an event for school learners at Kgadimo High School on the 10th of November 2020. The event aimed to promote One Health awareness with a focus on COVID 19. The village of Ga-Mafefe is an important sampling site of fruit bats studied by Prof. Wanda Markotter's Biosurveillance and Ecology of Emerging Zoonoses (BEEZ) research group of the UP Centre for Viral Zoonoses.
A reading session was held where learners got to understand the impacts of COVID-19. A young learner reading about the impacts of COVID-19 in communities to her peers.
The Biosurveillance and Ecology of Emerging Zoonoses research group, UP-CVZ. Nutrition is an integral part of learning. Even with little resources, lunch is cooked every day for the learners at Kgadimo High School.


On the 28th of November 2020, UP OneHealth4Change held a price giving ceremony at the National Zoological Garden (NZG), Pretoria, for the ZooClub, a youth  eco-club based at the  NZG. Members participated in an essay competition about the impacts of COVID-19 in their daily lives.
Mr Tedson Nkoana gave a One Health presentation to the ZooClub on the day. Education posters were handed to the ZooClub to promote awareness about the spread of diseases.
Winners of the competition holding their prizes. One of the winners of the competition presenting her essay to her peers


Food security is essential to any nation across the globe. Unfortunately, so many communities lack this necessity due to socio-economic circumstances. Prof. Hettie Schonfëldt of the University of Pretoria’s Institute for Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing (UP-IFNW) has undertken a UNICEF project that focuses on empowering individuals to implement sustainable food systems to support the consumption of food with high nutritional value.  Dr. Carmen Muller (mentee) held a session  on the 19th of October (2020) with the community of Cemetery View Informal Settlement, Pretoria, to gather data on the needs for sustainable food gardens within informal settlements.


Dr. Francis Kolo and Dr. Charles Byaruhanga, under the respective mentorships of Prof. Henriette van Heerden and Dr. Chris Marufu, visited abattoirs in the Eastern Cape Province to sample livestock and transfer knowledge to workers in the abattoirs about protecting themselves and animals from pathogens. This is part of the UNICEF funded project titled “Detection of infectious diseases in livestock at abattoirs and knowledge transfer to stakeholders in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa” und. The research is undertaken at the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare’s Department of Livestock and Pasture Sciences

The group conducted questionnaire-based surveys to ascertain the knowledge attitudes and practices of abattoir workers on various zoonotic diseases and parasites of livestock at different abattoirs in four districts of the Eastern Cape Province. In addition, the group also disseminated information to abattoir workers on zoonotic diseases and parasites of significant public health importance. The researchers had various posters and pamphlets on zoonotic diseases which they left for the abattoir workers. The areas that were visited were Queenstown, Adelaide, East London and Port Elizabeth. During each visit, the group also took the opportunity to collect various samples from slaughter cattle, sheep and pigs which will be analysed at the DVTD research laboratories for zoonotic infectious diseases and parasites. The surveys will be important

Knowledge transfer to workers at an abattoir Eastern Cape province.

Sampling slaughter animals for potentially zoonotic parasites.


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