Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Groups: Sustainable Food Systems
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Houda is currently working as a Research Assistant for NEOH "Network for Evaluation of One Health".
Houda completed her veterinary degree at Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences, Morocco in 2000 and then joined a private surgery where she has worked for five years. Her work was mainly in the poultry sector dealing with all aspects related to poultry flocks monitoring. In 2006, she obtained her Master of Science in Fundamental and Applied Microbiology from Bretagne Occidental University, France. In 2010, she completed her Master in Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals at the RVC. Prior to the current position, Houda worked as a research assistant for NEAT "Networking to enhance the use of economics in animal health education, policy making and in Europe and beyond" .
Overview of evidence of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in the food chain. Bennani, H., Mateus, A., Mays, N., Eastmure, E., Stärk, K.D.C. and Häsler, B. (2020). Antibiotics, 9(2): 49. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9020049
Economic approach to animal health education and research. Bennani H, Häsler B, Rushton J (2016). Veterinary Times, http://www.vettimes.co.uk/article/economic-approach-to-animal-health-education-and-research/
A One Health Framework for the Evaluation of Rabies Control Programmes: A Case Study from Colombo City, Sri Lanka. Häsler B, Hiby E, Gilbert W, Obeyesekere N, Bennani H, Rushton J (2014). PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(10): e3270. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003270
A review of the metrics for One Health benefits. Häsler B, Cornelsen L, Bennani H, Rushton J (2014). Rev. sci. tech. Off. int. Epiz. Vol. 33 (2) pp. 453-464.
The CoEval-AMR network was created in 2019 with the goal of bringing people together to harmonize and refine existing methods and tools for assessing AMU and AMR surveillance from an integrated and systemic perspective.
Multiple research groups worldwide are working on the evaluation of integrated AMU/AMR surveillance looking at how approaches and methods can be refined to provide information that is relevant for making decisions on what surveillance approaches to use and thereby support the management of AMU and AMR. So far, the work of different research and implementation groups has resulted in multiple frameworks and disjointed recommendations for evaluation and measurement, which can be confusing for users.
The project aims to assess the value of integrated surveillance systems for AMU and AMR in the UK from a One Health (OH) perspective.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health threat with major economic implications. Bacteria carrying resistance genes can be transmitted between humans, animals and the environment. Therefore, an integrated surveillance programme for AMR and antimicrobial use (AMU) needs to take into consideration the various routes of AMR transmission.
The project aims to evaluate the implementation of the UK Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) National Action Plan (NAP) 2019-2024 to contribute to the development and implementation of future AMR policy and adjustment of current implementation plans.
AMR is a global threat; microorganisms with resistance genes can spread through the movement of people, animals, food, soil, air, and water. In addition, some resistance genes can be directly transferred between microorganisms.
The Network for Evaluation of One Health (NEOH) was an international EU-COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) funded network (2014-2018) that aimed to enable evaluation of One Health activities and comparison of initiatives, as well as informed decision-making and resource allocation. It was then converted into the Network for Ecohealth and One Health as the European Chapter of Ecohealth International that has several active working groups.