On the 14th, 15th and 16th October, Dr Peter Jolly, Dr Eric Neumann and Professor Roger Morris of Massey University, New Zealand, were in Dehli to discuss upcoming One Health activities in India.
Key contact, Dr Manish Kakkar, from the Public Health Foundation of India and the team from Massey University successfully worked in collaboration with officials from the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Agriculture.
As a result of this meeting, the Public Health Foundation of India agreed to act in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Agriculture as the implementing partner for the Indian One Health Symposium, to be held on the 26th November.
A working group is now underway to organise the programme and the financial and logistical management of this significant event.
Strategically, the national symposium in India has been scheduled to occur in concert with two other significant meetings in India run by The Public Health Foundation of India and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) who are each holding their own one-day symposia in the same week.
These three days in late November promise to be a cornerstone for discussions regarding One Health in India.
The overarching focus will be on capacity building within government institutions to embed skills and expertise for the control and prevention of emerging zoonoses, and other important topics such as zoonotic disease occurrances in the country.