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COFER: Creating a framework for developing effective nutrition and One Health interventions

About the project

Tackling problems in human and animal health often requires a multidisciplinary approach among scientific‐health and environmentally related disciplines. The Swiss network made up of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel; the Human Nutrition Laboratory, ETH Zurich and the Institute for Information and Process Management, University of Applied Science and Arts St. Gallen, is uniquely placed to act as an incubator for research and education on nutrition and One Health with its partners in the Global South. By leveraging the competences of the different partners, synergies will be created and lead to joint research proposals, better‐quality graduate courses and capacity strengthening.
One Health can be defined as the added value in terms of improved human and animal health or financial savings or environmental services resulting from a closer cooperation of both health sectors. In the face of the current hunger crisis in East Africa and the high prevalence of malnutrition, One Health is inextricably linked to nutrition of humans, including food security and livestock.

Project summary

Partner Institutions

Swiss Partners

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss-TPH)
Jakob Zinsstag, Daniel Mäusezahl

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
Isabelle Herter

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of St. Gallen
Edith Maier, Sandro Emmenegger

South partners

Jigjiga University, Jigjia, Ethiopia
Seid Mohamed Ali

Cayetano University, Heredia, Peru
Stella Hartinger

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
Simon Karanja