One Health Leadership Series
One of the major activities of the UWI’s EU/ACP funded One Health One Caribbean One Love project, was the two (2) year One Health Leadership Series. It brought together 29 Caribbean professionals from diverse backgrounds across 12 Countries and built capacity in Leadership and One Health.
One Health National Projects
Learning by Doing
Participants in the One Health Leadership Series were given an opportunity to turn knowledge into action. One Health national teams were formed and tasked to design and implement small, funded, locally relevant projects in each of the 12 participating countries. Each national team was supported by a mentor. Participants gained insights and experience in facilitating change, building and negotiating relationships and empowering and engaging others across scales and sectors. During workshops, participants shared their successes and challenges, lessons learnt and best practices from around the region.
National One Health projects included heavy metal testing of shark meat in Trinidad and Tobago, construction of a mobile aquaponics to reduce the risk of mercury exposure from eating fresh water fish in Suriname, antimicrobial resistance and residues testing in Barbados, reduction of pesticide use in Haiti, managing the invasive lionfish in St Vincent and the Grenadines, managing the giant African snail in Antigua and Barbuda, creative messaging for childhood obesity in Grenada, addressing iron deficiency anaemia through food security in Dominica, rabies outreach in Belize, solid waste management in Guyana and sustainable watershed management in protected areas, Jamaica.
Promoting the safe use of Pesticides among Farm workers and other local stakeholders
Two main agricultural regions in Haiti use pesticides and fertilisers to sustain crop yields. Rice is grown in the Artibonite province in the north central region of Haiti and Broccoli, carrots, cherries and grapes are grown in the western Haitian province of Kenscoff. Agricultural workers are exposed to pesticides during cropping, mixing, loading and application and are generally unaware of the risks that pesticides pose to human, animal and environmental health. The One Health team in Haiti built interdisciplinary relationships and developed a One Health network, with representatives from the Ministry of the Environment (MDE), Ministry of Health (MSPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI), Ministry of Agriculture and Municipal authorities, to address this important health issue. They worked with farm workers, consumers, residents and managers of agricultural shops to highlight the health risks posed by the overuse and unsafe use of pesticides. They carried out outreach and consultations, conducted an inventory on pesticide use, performed a gap analysis on the knowledge and practice related to the safe use of pesticides and conducted training events within relevant communities to encourage a reduced and safe use of pesticides in agricultural communities in Haiti.