One Health for HEALThe One Health for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods (HEAL) project applies a One Health (OH) approach to enhance the well-being and resilience of vulnerable communities in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Read more
The rationale for the HEAL project is underpinned by the very fact that opportunities for better engaging with governments on the provision of appropriate basic service for pastoral communities exist. Nonetheless, the process of building capacity and enabling environment for appropriate service provision is long and complex in any community, and is particularly difficult among pastoral people, given their levels of poverty and a policy environment that does not fully support the dynamics of their livelihood systems. Yet, until pastoral citizens develop the skills and confidence to define and defend their vision for their development and appropriate service provision, they will remain vulnerable to others’ interpretations of what is best for them.
Unique value proposition
Potential development impact
HEAL builds the capacities of vulnerable pastoralist communities, services providers and regional institutions to ensure needs-based services provision.
HEAL brings a participatory approach to applying One Health by ensuring that vulnerable communities, service providers and governmental institutions participate in every stage of the project, from problem identification to implementing solutions and managing the end-of-project handover of responsibilities and processes. Multi stakeholder innovation platforms support communities to develop sustainable, gender-sensitive strategies for coping with threats, especially environmental threats related to climate change.
The mobility of pastoralist communities requires solutions that are not limited to a defined geographical area. HEAL’s regional approach covers border areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, offering the comparative advantage of reaching communities, regardless of their current location, who move across regional and national boundaries.
A monthly web seminar series that brings together One Health practitioners from Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia and elsewhere to discuss One Health in the field.
A practitioner will be invited to speak for 30 minutes on a topic, share best practices and discuss challenges. The seminars are organised by the HEAL project.
Towards clearer One Health policies in eastern Africa: Interview with HEAL Project interim regional manager
In November 2020, Zuleka Ismail joined the One Health for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods (HEAL) Project as interim regional manager. Zuleka brings more than seven years of experience in managing and monitoring public health and veterinary programs in pastoralist systems to the table.
Working together to improve the livelihoods and resilience of pastoral communities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia
What is One Health? What are One Health Units? What are the goals of the One Health for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods (HEAL) project? How will communities in the Horn of Africa benefit from HEAL’s interventions? A lot of questions about a new project...
Pastoralism is an effective and productive livelihood system that makes the best use of variably distributed natural resources in often dry rangeland areas where it has a particularly strong comparative advantage over other land uses. In order to function well,...