Doctors and vets working together to improve human & animal health

A new One Health program is helping improve detection and management of diseases spread from wildlife and animals to humans in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

The three-year program Integrating Education and Action for One Health, to complete in 2017, is funded by the European Union and implemented by Massey University of New Zealand.

Participants from the four countries are currently in Thimphu, Bhutan, attending a 2-week-long intensive workshop on Evaluation of Disease Control Policy and Economics led by Professor Roger Morris, Dr Joanna McKenzie, Dr Masako Wada and Dr Sithar Dorjee from Massey University of New Zealand. This regional workshop is being co-hosted by the Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, and the College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan from 15–26 June 2015.

Participants from the human health, animal health, and wildlife sectors in each of the four countries are studying together for Master's degrees in One Health epidemiology and biosecurity. They will then apply their knowledge and collaborate to reduce the risks of endemic and emerging epidemic diseases being transmitted from animals and wildlife to people, and develop educational programs to pass on knowledge and methods learned to future generations, improving livelihoods in rural and peri-urban communities.

This One Health program promotes collaborative relationships between the human health, animal health and wildlife health professions, within and between the participating countries.