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  • 1. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management, Onderstepoort
  • 2. Presenter: Prof Koos Coetzer Deputy Dean: Research, Postgraduate Studies and Internationalization Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Pretoria
  • 3. Transfrontier Parks
  • 4. Current trends: • Development of TFCAs with major focus on wildlife and culturally based tourism • Infrastructure development and removal of fences (and other barriers) to encourage tourism and restore mobility of wildlife over larger landscapes • High expectations for tourism development and wealth generation on the part of governments, parks agencies and TFCA residents  But, serious wildlife, livestock and associated human and resource use issues remain to be addressed across national and land use boundaries Context
  • 5. The activities of the proposed collaborating Centre will be supported by the following institutions: • Lead Institution: Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, UP, SA (Contact person: Prof JAW Coetzer) • University of Pretoria (Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies, Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development) • Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (OVI), SA • Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp • National Institute for Communicable Diseases, SA • Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, SA • Others in SADC? Consortium Partner Institutions
  • 6. Development of the Centre • Proposal - OIE Collaboration Centre 29 January 2009 • African Commission 24 February 2009 • International Commission of the OIE 26 May 2009 • Arusha: Veterinary Deans and Registrars of the SADC region 2 – 4 September 2009 • Regional OIE office, Gaborone, Botswana 11 – 14 September 2009 • SADC Foot-and-mouth disease project and OIE regional office, Gaborone, Botswana 2 – 3 November 2009 • Workshop: Clarify issues of development and implementation of OIE Collaborating Centre 11 November 2009
  • 7. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management • MSc (Animal/Human/Ecosystem Health) • Certificated and credit-bearing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities Focus: One Health Target groups Animal, human and environmental health officers Online modular training
  • 8. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management The new MSc (Animal/Human/Ecosystem Health) and CPD opportunities support the building of capacity of a new generation of professionals to meet the challenges and issues at the livestock/wildlife/human/ecosystem interface (One Health approach) including aspects of emerging, re-emerging and transboundary diseases, zoonoses, public health and food safety, ecosystem health and policy OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management Online modular training Focus: One Health
  • 9. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management CPD Programmes / Packages In collaboration with the Institute of Tropical Medicine • Free access to fact sheets • Register for online, certificated and credit-bearing CPD courses • Online assessment (quizzes) for CPD points (South African Veterinary Council) • Content developed by world-renowned experts • Resources include a range of high-quality audio-visual materials e.g. video clips and animations
  • 10. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management PRINT Programme: CPD Date: 2007 - 2009 Focus: Animal Health and Animal Production SADC – Regional programme Re-packaging Veterinary Information HUB MSc and CPD • Modular Web-based MSc (Veterinary Tropical Diseases) • CPD modules in Tropical Animal Health • New modules developed SADC & other Institutions or individuals (Development & Implementation) Questions • Branding? • Embedded in UP? Development of the HUB
  • 11. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management Focus: Integrated disease management at the wildlife / livestock / human interface • One Health (Background, Introduction and Concepts) Objectives / Outcomes: • Quality livelihoods • Optimal animal health and production • Rural development • Ecosystem health • Biodiversity • Food security • Sustainability
  • 12. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management CPD Programmes / Packages: Livestock health, management and production Emerging and re-emerging diseases Wildlife health, management and production Arthropod vectors Health management tools Ecosystem health Zoonoses Public health / Food safety Trade and marketing of animal commodities and products Welfare Policy
  • 13. Livestock health,managementand production Animal health management Introduction: background, concepts, context Livestock health, management and production Selected helminths High impact diseases Livestock production Poultry production
  • 14. Wildlife health, management and production Wildlife health, management and production Introduction: Background, concepts, context • TFCA’s • Local reserves • National reserves • Conservancies; private farms • Other Conservation of biodiversity • Animal health • Drug control • CITES, NEMBA Regulatory environment • Ecotourism • Game farming • Game capture and translocation (mass, chemical, re-introduction) • Game meat production • Intensive breeding • Hunting (recreational, trophy) • Other Wildlife production systems
  • 15. Emerging and re-emerging diseases Introduction: Background, concepts, context Emerging and re-emerging diseases Diversity of micro-parasite pool Changes in the abundance, density & distribution of the host (animals and humans) • Increased human population • Rapid urbanisation • Rapidly changing farming systems • Environmental changes • Increased mobility of people, animals and their products • Lack of biodiversity • Wildlife reservoirs • Interface issues • Climate change • Disintegration of veterinary services • Bio-terrorism Drivers:
  • 16. Land use (Agricultural land, conservation, environmentally sensitive zones) Climate change (Impact and threat, management, monitoring, TPCs) Natural resource management (e.g. water, soil, vegetation) Pollution (Industrial, commercial, rural, risks) Ecosystem health and conservation (Habitat, threats, biodiversity, legislation) Environmental health Ecosystem health Introduction: Background, concepts, context Evaluation, monitoring and rehabilitation
  • 17. Zoonoses Introduction: Background, concepts, context Zoonoses Wildlife / livestock / human interaction Socio-economic drivers Cultural perceptions & animal husbandry practices Environment Intervention tools and strategies Integrated data collection, management and analysis Advocacy & policy development
  • 18. Arthropod vectors Arthropod vectors Tsetse / biting flies Ticks MosquitoesCulicoides (Midges) Other flies Introduction: Background, concepts, context
  • 19. Surveillance TherapeuticsVaccination Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Biosecurity Laboratory diagnostics Health management tools Health management tools Basic, applied & analytical epidemiology modules Risk analysis Information systems: Data collection and management Introduction: Background, concepts, context Information and communication technologies: application
  • 20. Trade and marketing of animal commodities and products Economic principles Trade and marketing of animal commodities and products Livestock supply chains, marketing channels and competitiveness Identification, measurement and management of risk of animal commodities and products Challenges: meeting sanitary & phyto-sanitary (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT) standards Methodologies: safety of animal production (value) chains Trade in wildlife and products derived from wildlife Traceability requirements Auditing & certification Introduction: Background, concepts, context Overview: Trade & marketing Understanding the consumer International standard-setting bodies & the relationship between public & private standards
  • 21. Specimen collection Serology Molecular biology Parasitology Bacteriology Good laboratory practice Virology Laboratory Diagnostics Laboratory Diagnostics
  • 22. OIE Collaborating Centre website
  • 23. 26 Monday 18 January, 2010 About the FMD Bulletin for Southern Africa. Disease Information Platforms / Bulletins
  • 24. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management Target groups Animal, human and environmental health officers Master of Science (Animal / Human / Ecosystem Health) Focus: One Health
  • 25. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management This online modular MSc (Animal / Human / Ecosystem Health) supports the building of capacity of a new generation of professionals to meet the challenges and issues at the livestock/wildlife/human/ecosystem interface (One Health approach) including aspects of emerging, re-emerging and transboundary diseases, zoonoses, public health and food safety, ecosystem health and policy Master of Science (Animal / Human / Ecosystem Health) Focus: One Health
  • 26. OIE Collaborating Centre for Training in Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management • Zoonoses and emerging / re-emerging diseases: control and management • Management and Policy • Risk analysis and surveillance • Public health and food safety and security • Wildlife health and production • Ecosystem health and services • Laboratory diagnostics • Others? Future career paths Current career paths Master of Science (Animal / Human / Ecosystem Health) Focus: One Health
  • 27. • Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Health and Management: 4th year • Elective module: 6th year New Undergraduate curriculum One Health: Training Pipeline • VetHub including OIE Collaborating Centre CPD Platform • ITM / DVTD Joint degree: MSc (Animal/Human/Ecosystem Health)
  • 28. Thank you!
  • 29. 32 Faculty Contract 2012: Objective 1.6: Develop Open Content Information Communication Technology (ITC) Platform as a mainstream education platform Prof Koos Coetzer
  • 30. 33 Background • Several meetings were convened in the last couple of months with the Director of Neil Butcher & Associates to explore the financial viability of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Platform on Tropical Animal Health in the DVTD. Significant financial investment (The Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases) -- both through its own resources and via funded projects (e.g. with the Intstitute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium) • Neil is also an OER Strategist with South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) on its new Open Education Resources (OER) Africa Initiative that is funded by the Hewlett Foundation
  • 31. 34 Broad strategy • To develop a central ICT System for the Faculty as a whole that can be implemented over a 5 year period. This concept is based on the assumption that the Faculty would share its educational materials under an open licence
  • 32. 35 Rationale for Using Open Licences The transformative educational potential of OER revolves around three linked possibilities: • Increased availability of high quality, relevant learning materials can contribute to more productive students and teaching staff. • The principle of allowing adaptation of materials provides one mechanism amongst many for constructing roles for students as active participants in educational processes, who learn best by doing and creating, not by passively reading and absorbing. • OER has potential to build capacity by providing institutions and teaching staff access, at relatively low cost, to the means to create high quality teaching and learning materials.
  • 33. 36 Placing ICT at the Centre of the Faculty • This approach will make ICT as a central building block for all activities in the Faculty • It will provide students very rich learning environments • Faculty would need to commit to the following operational principles: • Every student would need to have their own (low-cost) mobile device • It will be necessary to establish a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for the Faculty (within ClickUP) • Develop a repository for all of the content that the Faculty produces • Content-rich online learning environments be used to shift away from traditional lecture-based teaching and learning practices towards blended learning models
  • 34. 37 Elements of an Integrated ICT System • Dedicated Faculty Portal • Stores and manages all its intellectual capital • Markets its programmes, research activities, consulting services, etc • Integrates with a wider range of social and other networking platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and relevant agricultural and veterinary portals) to build Veterinary Science communities of practice Long-term objective of Portal: premier online location of information, resources, discussion, and interaction about Veterinary Science matters in Africa • ClickUP will be used as the Faculty VLE and within which online programme and course services will be arranged • Proper broadband access for students at Onderstepoort
  • 35. 38 Possible Streams of Revenue Assumption that sustaining the above ICT system is treated as a Faculty overhead rather than project cost The following are streams of possible revenue: • Student fees and government subsidies • Dedicated content development projects: should be possible to secure donor, government, or inter-governmental organizational funds working with Veterinary Science Faculties from around Africa, helping them to implement similar approaches to teaching and learning • The more that the Faculty of Veterinary Science can demonstrate the value of its approach and share its content, the more others will want to use both. There is significant commercial opportunity in this.
  • 36. 39 Action Plan: 2011/2012 • Policy and Procedures Review • Quality Assurance Systems Review • Development/upgrade of necessary online content, VLE, database environment for Faculty • Teaching and learning materials audit • Undergraduate programme/s revision plan • Postgraduate programme/s revision plan
  • 37. 40 Financial implications • 5 workshops will be convened during 2012 to support the listed actions • ICT system cost • Database development: teaching and learning materials • Full-time E-learning/OER specialist
  • 38. Thank you!