Worldwide, zoonotic diseases have a negative impact on commerce, travel and economies. In most developing countries, zoonotic diseases are among those diseases of major public health significance and contribute significantly to an already overly burdened public health system. In industrialized nations, zoonotic diseases are of particular concern for at-risk groups such as the elderly, children, childbearing women and immunocompromised individuals.
In an effort to increase the knowledge and understanding of current and probable future public health significance infectious disease transmitted from non-human animals to humans, a consortium of 4 countries (Romania, Croatia, Lithuania and Italy) proposed the ZoonosesOnlineEducation project.
The project aims to create open digital educational resources in the field of veterinary medicine based on developing innovative guidelines on zoonotic diseases study and veterinary, medical, pedagogical, linguistic and raise awareness intervention related to identify, monitor and control malaria and dirofilariasis, useful for the academic, professional and general beneficiaries.
Project brings together 5 educational sectors, all with impact in 5 different end beneficiaries groups:
O1 – Analysis on zoonoses state of arts;
O2 – Study on best practices on zoonoses interventions;
O3 – Guide of main infectious diseases transmitted from non-human animals to humans;
O4 – Videos capturing zoonoses bio-manipulation in simulation centers;
O6 – Open Online Course on Zoonoses;
O7 – ZoonosesOnlineEducation Kit; for students, lectures, professionals & institutions in veterinary field.
O9 – Protocol on epidemiological monitoring and disease control in public health practice; for students, lectures, professionals & institutions in medicine
O8 – Handbook of pedagogical guidelines on health education; for students – future teachers, teachers, pupils aged 6-12, parents
O5 – Interdisciplinary pedagogical resource (Medical communication linguistic resources); O6 – Open online course on veterinary communication; for students, lectures, professionals & institutions in languages
O10 – ZoonosesOnlineEducation IT tool – public and institutions at large