This premiere event launched India's new One Health Initiative - an intersectoral approach to tackling the most urgent health threats in India and across the South Asia region.
The conference brought together thought leaders from India and around the globe, providing a platform for researchers, medical and veterinary practitioners, public and private sector stakeholders, and policymakers to integrate knowledge and identify needs and opportunities to better coordinate activities and address major human, animal, and environmental health challenges.
The importance and benefit of an interdisciplinary and inclusive approach to combating the threat of disease at the intersect of veterinary and human health is well documented. The goal of this conference was to bring together global thought leaders to determine specific ways to build capacity and identify synergies across India and the region for “detecting, responding to, containing, eliminating, and preventing animal and public health risks attributable to zoonoses and animal diseases,” as outlined by the FAO-OIE-WHO tripartite commitment to address multi-sectoral global health challenges.
“Zoonotic diseases account for more than one billion cases and a million deaths per year. The high costs of emerging and pandemic diseases are well appreciated …. At the same time, endemic diseases contribute to persistent disease and economic burden through impacts on health and livelihoods .....The occurrence and impact of known and novel disease outbreaks are likely to increase without adequate biosecurity .. and can facilitate the risk of spillover and spread of diseases... Targeting these drivers may generate shared benefits”. World Bank Group. 2018. (152pg. 25Mb).
Panel discussions and interactive exchanges with world leaders help highlight the needs and opportunities for research innovation, better risk assessment, preparedness and response, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, as well as policy framework development to mitigate risk and promote transformative change to prevent and eliminate major animal and public health risks associated with Brucellosis, Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Antimicrobial Resistance, amongst others.
SR Rao, DBT
Padma Singh, DBT
SM Byregowda, IAH&VB
Kay van der Horst, ABRL
Vivek Kapur, Penn State
Pushpa Vijayraghavan, Sathguru
Jessica Radzio-Basu, Penn State
HV Batra, DFRL
RK Singh, IVRI
R Bhatnagar, JNU / BHU
M Papanna, US CDC
JPS Gill, GADVASU
S Pati, ICMR-RMC
K Kumanan, TANUVAS
SM Byregowda, IAH&VB
V Kapur, Penn State
Institute of Animal Health & Veterinary Biologicals KVAFSU, Hebbal, Bengaluru-560 024
SCOPE Complex, CGO Complex Pragati Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India