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One Health Units for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods (HEAL) Horn of Africa

Corne de l’Afrique

Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : One Health Units for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods (HEAL) Horn of Africa

Pays/Région : Corne de l’Afrique

Durée : 01.03.2019 - 31.10.2024

Transmission of diseases between humans and animals are frequent in pastoralist societies of Somalia, Ethiopia and Northern Kenya and related to environmental conditions. The HEAL project promotes sustainable rangeland management and access to integrated human/livestock health services. Thereby, it contributes to improved health, to reduced vulnerability among pastoralist communities and to prevention of their displacement/migration, which is in the interest of Switzerland.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : Over 30 million pastoralists in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya (Horn of Africa) are affected by inadequate access to essential healthcare and a poorly developed veterinary service for their livestock. This is mainly because of factors associated with their lifestyles such as dispersed settlement patterns, seasonal mobility and social and economic features that perpetuate the underutilization of essential services even when they are available. The services provided are insufficiently adapted to the needs and contexts of the communities. Moreover, the health system and policies in the Horn of Africa do not sufficiently take the unique context of pastoralist communities into account. The situation is compounded by recurrent drought, flooding and human and livestock disease outbreaks which cross boundaries. Switzerland will address this situation by promoting One Health services, which address human, animal and ecosystem health in an integrated way. The Swiss value added in this field is based on longstanding experience in livestock management and the Swiss expertise in One Health.
* Objectifs  : Enhanced well-being and improved resilience to shocks of vulnerable communities in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist areas in the Horn of Africa.
* Groupes cibles  : Communities : 1.2 million pastoralists and agro-pastoralists (60% women and girls) in communities of the Horn of Africa who are challenged by inadequate access to basic health services, basic veterinary services and poor environmental conditions. With the 12 One Health Units to be piloted and supported, 4,279,350 livestock will be able to access improved animal health services. Institutions : Formal institutions such as public health and veterinary service providers, regional/county and woreda/district line departments and offices ; and informal/traditional institutions such as community platforms.

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 4’785’568

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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