OneHealth/EcoHealth in the Global South: interdisciplinarity building in research and educational...


Session coordinators: Nicolas Antoine & Maarten Vanhove



Session report available here.


One Health and EcoHealth approaches were first promoted in the Global South, where they still hold a crucial importance, raising diverse challenges from the high diversity of societal and environmental contexts. To prepare the future generation of One Health and EcoHealth practitioners for the Global South, many education and capacity-building initiatives are now developing. Also, while the One Health approach often focuses on the link between veterinary and medical sciences, these initiatives, tied to educational or research programs, thrive to foster the needed inter- and transdisciplinarity. How do research and education programs in the Global South contribute to the building of these competences? This session will present educational experiences as well as environmental projects in the Global South or in the framework of North-South cooperation. It will discuss the particular challenges posed by One Health and EcoHealth approaches in terms of field capacity building and longer education programs.


Session coordinators: Nicolas Antoine & Maarten Vanhove

Introductory speakers:

- Lai Jiang (, from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, about the OH challenges to educational science

- Prof. Yalacé Kaboret, Director of the Interstate school of veterinary science and medicine of Dakar (, about the present trends and ongoing projects in OH education in West Africa.

- Tine Huyse, RMCA, about “Dam constructions and disease outbreak: the case of human and veterinary schistosomiasis in Senegal”

- Maarten Vanhove, RBINS: Capacity building for an assessment of the impact of mining in Katanga (D.R.Congo) on fishes and their aquatic habitats

- Franck Insignares & Erika Cherel, ONIRIS : the MAN-IMAL program