COHEART participated DBT's "One Health India Conference- 2019"

One Health India Conference was held from February 18 to  19, 2019. The conference was convened by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India in Partnership with Departments of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) and Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DAHDF), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India Departments of Health Research (DHR) and Health & Family Welfare (DHFW), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The conference served to launch India's new One Health Initiative - an intersectoral approach to tackling the most urgent health threats. The convening 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 conference outlined a pragmatic and flexible action plan for the response, preparedness, and management of current regional, national and global health challenges using a One Health collaborative approach. The conference deliberations were focused on identifying needs and opportunities and developing a strategy map to address major human and animal diseases of concern including Brucellosis, Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), together with biosafety, biosecurity, burden of disease and inter-sectoral collaboration considerations. At its conclusion, the conference attendees highlighted specific areas of research, translation to clinical and field use, and helped outline an action plan to foster transdisciplinary and international collaboration using a One Health approach. COHEART took the opportunity to present on “Envisioning the Institutionalization of One Health In Kerala (Towards development of One Health Governance)” which was a key recommendations of the stakeholders meeting held at Kochi from Sept. 26-27, 2019 with the support from Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of United States

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