One Health

The 5th Asia-Pacific Workshop for Multi-sectoral Collaboration in Prevention and Zoonoses (Bangkok, Thailand, 24-26 November 2014)

Recognizing the need to establish and strengthen a dynamic collaboration between sectors and disciplines, the Tripartite – FAO, OIE and WHO – has adopted a One Health approach which conceptually supports such cross-sectoral collaboration.  In aid of these efforts, the regional Tripartite initiated a Regional Workshop on Collaboration between Human and Animal Health Sectors on Zoonoses Prevention and Control. This was started in 2010 in Sapporo, Japan and later followed by a second workshop in in Chiang Mai (January 2012), Thailand, a third in Bali, Indonesia (November 2012) and a fourth in Kathmandu, Nepal (November 2013).  Continuing this annual initiative between the regional offices of FAO (FAO RAP), OIE (OIE RR AP and OIE SRR SEA) and WHO (WPRO and SEARO), the Fifth Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multisectoral Collaboration for the Prevention and Control of Zoonoses” was held in Bangkok, Thailand during 24-26 November 2014.

In the two and a half day workshop, the scientific updates were provided on Zoonotic Influenza, MERS-CoV and Ebola at the beginning of the technical sessions. As the EU-HPED project comes to its end in 2014, FAO, OIE, WHO and participating countries discussed the impact of the project at the regional and the country level. The workshop also provided an opportunity for the participants to be updated on zoonoses issues in the region through country poster presentations and collated questionnaires. Presentations were also made on the “OIE initiatives and collaboration to address antimicrobial resistance”, introduction to the “Global Health Security Agenda”, WHO-OIE Operational Framework for good governance at animal-human interface and OIE PVS Laboratory mission.

Aside from addressing particular zoonotic diseases of interest of Member Countries, the workshop also brought to the fore the continuing need for further strengthening National One Health coordination mechanism. Although it was well recognised that substantial progress on this has been made in the region over the last few years, its practical operationalization and sustainable implementation at the sub-national level continues to be a pressing challenge for many countries. The meeting thus emphasized countries, regional, and international organisations to strengthen and consolidate ongoing national efforts to develop functional and sustainable national mechanisms for routine cross-sectoral collaboration on health issues at the human-animal-ecosystems interface based on existing country-level institutions and mechanisms.

In total, 93 participants representing human health and animal health sectors from 21 countries of the Asia-Pacific region and partner organizations attended the workshop.  With all of these participating countries recognizing rabies as a priority zoonosis and the importance of control at source, there is a need to invest in continued and further efforts in addressing this disease of regional interest. Additionally, emerging zoonoses such as MERS CoV, Ebola, Nipah virus in horses and zoonotic influenzas are also among the priority zoonoses of interest in the region that may benefit with a multi-sectoral collaboration in Member Countries.

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