Capacitating One Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (COHESA)

This project aims to generate an inclusive research and innovation ecosystem that facilitates uptake, adaptation and adoption of solutions to issues that can be addressed by a One Health approach.

The world is facing unprecedented, inter-connected threats to the health of people, animals and the environment. Addressing these threats requires cross-sectoral, system-wide approaches. This is encapsulated in the One Health concept, which recognises the interconnection of people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. In a globalized world, all nations and societies need to better manage One Health. In line with this approach, this project will build One Health capacity in eastern and southern Africa.


  • Increase the relevance of One Health research and policies in eastern and southern Africa
  • Enhance national and sub-regional cross-sectoral collaboration between government entities with One Health mandates and One Health stakeholders across society
  • Equip educational and research institutes to train the next generation One Health workforce
  • Increase the capacity of government and non-governmental stakeholders to identify and deliver One Health solutions to key problems

Expected outcomes

  • Government entities with One Health mandates and One Health stakeholders across society capacitated in cross-sectoral collaboration around One Health
  • Government entities capacitated in the development of evidence-based One Health strategies and policies
  • National secondary, tertiary and vocational education institutes strengthened in building One Health capacity of the present and future workforce
  • Research institutes capacitated in training next generation One Health researchers
  • Research institutes capacitated in identification, development, adoption and delivery of One Health solutions
  • Public and private service providers capacitated in identification, adoption and delivery of One Health solutions
  • One Health related public-private partnerships strengthened in delivery of One Health solutions and consultation on One Health issues
  • Expanded understanding of One Health and One Health approaches and the  added value they bring
  • Knowledge and information on One Health research and policies in east and southern Africa promoted and shared through project platforms


The project is supported by the European Union-funded Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Research and Innovation Programme: African, Caribbean, and Pacific–European Union (ACP-EU) initiative, co-funded through ILRI and CIRAD.

University partners

Addis Ababa University
Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Makerere University
Nelson Mandela - African Institution of Science and Technology
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
University of Global Health Equity
University of Nairobi
University of Namibia
University of Pretoria
University of Zambia
University of Zimbabwe