The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), Government of India today launched ‘One Health’ pilot project in Karnataka. Also, the capacity-building plan in English and Kannada and One Health brochure was launched in Kannada language.
One-Health is a multi-sectoral strategy that considers the interconnectedness and connectivity of these three factors as well as the health of people, animals, and the environment. The idea becomes especially important after the Covid-19 pandemic for taking a holistic approach.
DAHD is piloting this project with the financial support of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as the implementing partner. The One Health initiative would enable effective inter-ministerial coordination among various government departments at the national level. An institutionalisation mechanism has been established through an apex inter-ministerial governance committee, chaired by the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. The Project Steering Committee (PSC) constituted under the chairmanship of Secretary, DAHD, works towards institutionalizing interaction among the human, the Central animal and wildlife departments will facilitate group decision-making, monitor development, and direct the intervention team. By establishing a State Level One Health Committee, emphasis is also being placed on a comparable governance framework for states (SLOHC).
Launching the pilot project in Bengaluru, Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, DAHD said, “The One Health India programme initiated by the department will work to improve livestock health, human health, wildlife health, and environmental health by institutionalising the coordination among animal, human and wildlife departments, improving disease diagnosis and surveillance, digitising the data collection and sharing mechanism and enabling enhanced communication among community members on the need to pay attention to zoonotic diseases and for implementing One Health.”
“The pilot project will aid in institutionalising coordination amongst diverse sectors, making it possible to share data and report on disease outbreaks. It will make the network of laboratories easier to manage, stronger, and more integrated. The project’s objectives include assisting with the creation of a targeted surveillance strategy and integrating data with the National Digital Livestock Mission’s digital architecture. The One Health Framework for India will be developed using the lessons learned from the pilot in Karnataka,” the senior bureaucrat stated.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Praveen Malik, Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Government of India said, “With the launch of the One Health Framework pilot in Karnataka, we look forward to integrating human, environmental, and animal health. Six proposed interventions for the pilot will improve collaborations across several important sectors and increase the capacity of various teams. We anticipate the effective execution of the pilot with the help of the state departments and all stakeholders.”
“We are proud that the One Health pilot project is being implemented in Karnataka. This pilot will go a long way in helping us improve facilities and infrastructure in our state,” said Salma K. Fahim, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Government of Karnataka.
On this occasion, Alkesh Wadhwani, Director, Poverty Alleviation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) expressed pleasure on the launch of this pilot and showed his support to the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying for the implementation of the National One Health Framework for India.”
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