First One Health India Summit inaugurated

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First One Health India Summit inaugurated New Delhi 3rd May 2018: The Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development – Inaugural Summit on One Health, was inaugurated by Dr Eshwar Reddy, DCGI and Dr SR Rao, DBT in Delhi today.

The two-day summit brings together some of the best academicians and participants from the Government of India and industry to discuss the future of One health and how little changes can affect and impact all concerned. The attendees can expect to gain a deeper and broader understanding on how inter connected healthcare, food and environment is, and the need to encourage the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to achieve the best health for people, animals, and our environment.

The participants are drawn from DCGI, CDSCO, FSSAI, FAO, WHO India Office, NCDC, DBT, Wellcome Trust, CDC India Office, DAHD. Cornell University, TANUVAS. University of Hyderabad and others.

Speaking on the occasion, Pushpa Vijayaraghavan, DirectorSathguru Management Consultants, and Summit Chair, said“Interconnections of human health, animal health, food and environment can no longer be ignored and the idea of the “One Health Concept” is in essence, to appreciate the wealth of opportunity that lies in the interface area of this triad, which could be capitalized on, to protect the health of our planet as a whole”.

Anti-Microbial Resistance
AMR is one of the cross-cutting challenges across the human and animal health continuum, with concerns looming at multiple points of the food chain. Pervasive use of antibiotics in humans as well as animals has rendered several strains of microbes (bacteria, viruses) to develop resistance to anti-microbial therapies (antibiotics, antivirals).

Zoonosis, Vaccines & Surveillance
60% of all disease causing pathogens are of animal origin and 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in nature. Many zoonotic diseases contribute significantly to global disease burden, including rabies, brucellosis, and avian influenza to name a few. While science has advanced to a level that prophylactic as well as therapeutic options exist for most of these diseases, yet, controlling these zoonotic pathogens at its animal source remain a big broken thread in the continuum.

Food Safety
Food safety is another integral issue that is at the heart of the One Health Concept, as the food chain inevitably interlinks the worlds of humans, animals and environment. CDC estimates 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food borne diseases each year in the United States. With burgeoning incidences of food-borne illnesses, there is growing public awareness of food safety, food security and sustainability in food production practices.

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