One Health Challenge winners attend Global One Health conference

A team of veterinary and medical students from St George’s University, Grenada, participated in the World Medical Association/World Veterinary Association Global Conference on One Health in Madrid, Spain last week.

The trip, funded by World Animal Protection, was the award for winning the first Global One Health Challenge, a competition for veterinary and medical students all over the world to work together and demonstrate the One Health approach by organising rabies prevention events in their communities on the occasion of World Rabies Day 2014.

The St George’s team attended conference sessions, had an opportunity to participate in all conference events, and met leaders in their fields. A video of their prize-winning entry, Tackling Rabies: One Island at a Time, was shown to the delegates, and they were presented with certificates by the Global One Health Challenge organisers - the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association, the International Veterinary Students’ Association and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.

Photos from some of the other 28 inspiring entries from 17 countries across the world can be viewed as a slideshow. The Global One Health Challenge strengthened links between the future stakeholders of rabies prevention, and provided an opportunity and incentive for students to prevent rabies in their communities.