Undergraduate Students across borders and from all majors will team up to tackle global issues, and come up with problem solving strategies in a One Health context.
The competition kicks-off on January 28th and runs through to March 4th, 2017. The prize for the winning strategy team is $ 1,000 team investment in Kiva. Kiva is an international nonprofit organization, with a mission to connect people through lending opportunities to alleviate poverty.
Participation guidelines and information updates can be found on the GlobalHeaLtHchallenge Facebook page. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is One Health?
One Health is “the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines — working locally, nationally and globally — to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.”
This international movement recognizes that the health of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected.
Why is One Health critical to your careers?
- Many infectious diseases such as rabies, tuberculosis, West Nile virus, anthrax, SARS and highly pathogenic influenza are transmitted between animals and humans.
- An estimated 600 million individuals-almost 1 in 10 people in the world, annually suffer from food- and water-borne illnesses — some with serious consequences such as renal failure — that are caused by food safety issues in the global food chain.
- Preventable medical errors cause thousands of deaths every year — some simply due to mistakes in interprofessional communication.
- Animals have measurable, positive effects on the health of people who are suffering from obesity, hypertension, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions.