Symposium Resolutions Guide One Health strategy in Bhutan

From the 7th-11th April, 2014 people from the human and animal health sectors in Bhutan came together in Paro for a workshop to plan how the resolutions from Bhutan National One Health Symposium and the South Asia Regional One Health Symposium held in November and December 2013 could be implemented in Bhutan. These symposia were organised as part of the Regional Training in Animal and Human Health Epidemiology in South Asia programme, funded by the European Commission Avian and Human Influenza Trust Fund, administered by the World Bank, and implemented by Massey University from 2010–2014.

Based on the resolutions from these symposia, a multi-sectoral team from the Public Health Sector, the Animal Health Sector and other allied stakeholders initiated the development of a One Health Strategy Framework to operationalise the One Health Concept for the prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Bhutan.

Following this workshop, the framework will be presented and discussed at the higher level (to Directors and other stakeholders) before being presented to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Agriculture and Forests. The ultimate goal is the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding or similar agreement to operationalise a One Health Strategy in Bhutan.