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One Health Regional Network for the Horn of Africa

HORN’s mission is to improve the health and wealth of the people of the Horn of Africa by developing a One Health Regional Network – a network of individuals and organisations across the Horn of Africa – that can undertake high quality research into the link between people’s health and wealth and that of livestock and the environment.

HORN is a multidisciplinary, international partnership of the following organisations: the University of Liverpool, and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom; University of Nairobi, and International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya; University of Addis Ababa, and the International Livestock Research Institute, Ethiopia; iGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School, Somaliland; Hamelmalo Agricultural College, Eritrea; and other national and international organisations and NGO’s.

HORN is a 4 year project, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Growing Research Capability call, through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI

How HORN will do it

HORN will strengthen the ability of organisations to undertake research with a 5 step process:

  1. Undertake research capability assessments of partner institutions in the Horn of Africa to assess the current and target research capabilities, propose plans to reach the target, implement them and monitor progress.
  2. Provide training to non-research staff from these institutions, including leadership training, placements/shadowing in research support, and training in laboratory skills.
  3. Advance the knowledge and research skills of researchers from these institutions in generic, laboratory and subject-specific skills.
  4. Undertake basic and applied research in the area of One Health.
  5. Create the One Health Regional Network – HORN. The proposed partnership, training of non-research and research staff, and research placements with mobility between countries will develop a regional network.