Bhutan has launched a One Health initiative that envisages engagement of stakeholders at national, district and sub-district levels to obtain deeper and more sustainable political support for integrated prevention and management of diseases to mitigate the effect of high impact pathogens of medical and veterinary importance. However, there is a need to further build on these initial steps to strengthen collaboration for effective management of rabies and other zoonoses. This survey is using a questionnaire approach to evaluate the existing coordination and cooperation between the human and animal health sectors in responding to zoonotic disease outbreaks. View preliminary results.
The key organisations within the Bhutan OH Evaluation Project are the Communicable Disease Division, Department of Public Health within the Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Animal Health, Department of Livestock within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. Other organisations that are involved include the Non-Communicable Disease Dvision, the Public Health Laboratory, the Satellite Veterinary Laboratories, and the Regional Livestock Development Centre.