Symposium news: Friday 6th December, National, Regional and Global One Health issues

The objective of the final day of the symposium was to strengthen commitment amongst the individuals and government agencies represented to continue and further develop the One Health approach to infectious disease control in the South Asia region. National, regional and global One Health initiatives were outlined and the national and regional resolutions to further strengthen One Health in the region were presented to the audience of senior policy makers, technical delegates and international development partners.

National One Health: progress, constraints and resolutions

The One Health Hub Coordinators from each of the seven participating countries summed up achievements to date, outlined key constraints and presented national resolutions and action plans for further strengthening One Health activities in their country.

Regional One Health: progress, issues and future activities

Presenters from the WHO, FAO, OIE, EC and the World Bank summarised current and future activities strengthening the One Health approach in the region, including collaborations to address health risks at the animal-human-ecosystems interfaces.

Global One Health: progress and issues

Professor Matryn Jeggo of the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases presented a stimulating and comprehensive global overview of progress made towards One Health, challenges faced and future directions. Professor Jeggo challenged and motivated symposium delegates to continue striving towards a more coordinated approach to disease surveillance and control across the animal-human-ecosystem interfaces, nationally, regionally and globally.

Regional One Health Resolutions

A comprehensive set of regional One Health resolutions that was supported by the senior delegates from each country present at the symposium was developed over the course of the week by the One Health Hub coordinators from the seven participating countries working together with the Massey team. These resolutions drew on the outcomes from the various national One Health symposia held just prior to this regional symposium, together with other national priorities and resolutions.  The resulting Paro One Health Resolutions were presented to the symposium delegates by the One Health Hub coordinators from the host country, Bhutan. 

The final act of the day prior to the official closing ceremony was presentation of a copy of the Paro One Health Resolutions by the Honourable Steve Maharey, Vice Chancellor of Massey University, to the senior human health and animal health delegates from each country. This was a significant symbolic handing over of responsibility for continuing the momentum built up during the EU-funded One Health Regional Training Program implemented by Massey University into the foreseeable future by the government agencies represented in each of the countries involved.

Closing Ceremony and Gala Dinner

The symposium was officially closed by the Honourable Minister for Health, His Excellency Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, and the Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Forests, His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, from the Royal Government of Bhutan.

After the closing ceremony, a very successful week was celebrated in style with cultural performances, singing and dancing and a Gala Dinner held in the grand setting of the Zhiwa Ling hotel.