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Reality Practical Challenges, Impact of One Health Initiatives and Gaps in Research

From 13 to 15 October 2013, human, animal, and environmental health experts of Europe and Southeast Asia meet in Hanoi to discuss Reality Practical Challenges, Impact of One Health Initiatives and Gaps in Research- Dr Tran Dac Phu, Director General of the General Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health and Dr Tran Kim Long, Director of the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam will open the workshop.

One Health is multidisciplinary approach to achieve optimal health for people, animals and the environment through local, regional and global research collaboration. Particularly in Southeast Asia, One Health has gained much more attention due to the rise of cross-species epidemics such as SARS, avian influenza, and Nipah virus. With 70% of emerging diseases being of animal origins, this has become a crucial issue for Southeast Asia due to increasingly high urbanisation rate and dramatic expansion of livestock production.

To address these concerns, CIRAD on behalf of SEA-EU-NET partners would like to organize an expert workshop on One Health, focusing on lessons learned from practical experience of One Health implementation and foresight research needs. Six local and international organizations including National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), the National Institute for Veterinary Research (NIVR), the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) jointly organize this workshop.

The workshop to be held from 13 to 15 October at the Melia hotel 44b Ly Thuong Kiet St., Hanoi, Vietnam gathers more than 100 delegates from 17 countries. Within over 20 scientific presentations, shared experiences, interventions and solutions to cover three areas i) One Health surveillance; ii) One Health and EcoHealth research at the interface between wildlife, domestic animals and people; and iii) One Health challenges around antimicrobial resistance..

One Health – Need to collaborate and more actions

Pandemics, food security and new emerging diseases often dominate the international media headlines pointing out the systemic interconnections of human, animal and environmental health. Acknowledging these interconnections, the workshop gathers professionals from human, animal and environmental health to provide information on the proof of concept, the impact/added value of One Health implementation in the field; To identify practical challenges linked to implementation of One Health concept and identify gaps and needs for One Health research.

Moreover conjoint health related trajectories, as outlined above, must not only have negative effects as they also offer ample opportunities for combating multiple health threats. An integrative health risk management approach such as the One Health concept fosters interdisciplinary cooperation and communication between the various stakeholders and health professionals. Thus enhancing synergies between different sectors and actors and providing affordable solutions for the improvement of public health.

Ultimate outcomes of workshop

In order to promote sustainable global health, the ultimate workshop outcomes will be teamed up and building of consortia to submit bids to H2020 call, elaborated of "topics" to be submitted to the European Commission for future calls and created a policy note supporting the OH approach and needs of research

The workshop is a milestone towards a more sustainable and healthier world. Required are strong policy measures, broad participation and sustained advocacy

Click here to view the agenda of the workshop