One Health, Ethiopian Pastoralists and Climate Change

What is One Health and why is it important in pastoralist contexts?


At this EU Public Health Week 2021 (EUPHW21) event, learn how One Health, the approach that brings multiple sectors together to achieve better health outcomes, is critical for combatting the zoonotic diseases that jump between animals and people. With a focus on Ethiopia and its large livestock population, the presentation delves into common zoonoses in Ethiopia, how zoonoses are transmitted, and educational outreach and health services to pastoralist communities that have low awareness of disease transmission. The talk also addresses the impact of African livestock  on the environment and how pastoralists are already affected by global climate change. Finally, policies to better combat zoonotic diseases and build economic and environmental resilience in pastoralist communities are presented.



This European Public Health Week seminar takes place:

Thursday 20 May 2020 at 14:00 - 15:00 CET (Swiss time)


at the following link:

Passcode: 100074

Meeting ID: 969 3212 6383 - likely not needed




Rebecca Laes-Kushner is a public policy and development expert. She currently consults to NGOs in Switzerland on topics such as environmental protection, health care and sustainable development. She has a Master’s in Public Administration (Public Policy) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Development and Cooperation from ETH. Her article on zoonoses in Ethiopia was recently published:


Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim is an assistant professor in epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Jigjiga University, Ethiopia. He has a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Basel, Switzerland and has rich experiences in pastoralism development and livestock diseases, especially infectious diseases in general and zoonotic diseases in particular. He has worked with various public and private institutions, where his main focus is on One Health. He teaches graduate programs of One Health in Tropical Infectious Diseases at the School of Graduate Studies at Jigjiga University.


Dr. Lena Höglund-Isaksson is a senior research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. She has developed the methane module in the GAINS model and is coordinating various policy applications involving non-CO2 greenhouse gases from human activities. These include input to EU’s energy and climate policy strategies as well as to global assessments initiated by UNEP, IPCC, CCAC and others. She holds a PhD in environmental economics from Gothenburg University completed in the year 2000.



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