The IHR Project’s Consultant in One Health, Osman Dar is one of 26 experts appointed to the advisory panel.

In March 2021, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) put out a joint call for One Health practitioners to establish a global One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP).

The OHHLEP panel was commissioned to provide guidance on One Health-related matters that support improved cooperation among governments by providing evidence-based scientific and policy advice to the FAO, OIE, UNEP and WHO.

Last month, one of PHE’s IHR Strengthening Project’s Consultants in One Health, Dr Osman Dar was appointed as one of the 26 international experts for the OHHLEP from a pool of over 700 international applicants. The members for the multidisciplinary panel were selected based on their expert technical knowledge, skills and experience in One Health.

Osman is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and of the Faculty of Public Health at the Royal College of Physicians (London). His impressive resume of public health experience also includes his position as Director of the Global Health Programme’s One Health project at Chatham House, London.

Left to right: Dr Osman Dar (IHR Strengthening Project Consultant in One Health), Dr Ahmed Ouma (Deputy Director of Africa CDC), Professor Dilys Morgan (IHR Strengthening Project Consultant in One Health), Dr Nkengasong, (Director General of Africa CDC) and Dr Martin Muita (IHR Project Senior Public Health Advisor) at the Africa CDC headquarters in March 2021.

In PHE Osman works as part of IHR Strengthening Project’s One Health team along with Professor Dilys Morgan. They work with colleagues from our partner organisations to ensure multisectoral, interdisciplinary working to strengthen public health systems and the capacity to prevent, prepare, detect and respond to threats to human, animal and environmental health.

The IHR Strengthening Project is proud to have Osman as part of our One Health workstream and congratulates him on this commendable achievement.

Read the WHO press release here.

Left to right: Dr Raji Tajudeen (Head of Division NPHIs and Research, Africa CDC), Dr Osman Dar (IHR Strengthening Project Consultant in One Health), Professor Dilys Morgan (IHR Strengthening Project Consultant in One Health)and Dr Tieble Traore (WHO AFRO One Health lead and focal point) in Lusaka, Zambia - March 2020.