The One Health Hub of Bhutan serves as a networking and coordination centre connecting people and organisations involved in One Health activities within the country. The Hub provides a coordination framework in which projects and cross-sectoral collaboration is supported with facilities for networking, communication and resource sharing.
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.
The National One Health Symposium in Bhutan was organised jointly by the National Centre for Animal Health; Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests; and the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health for three days (18th-20th November 2013) in Phuntsholing. The symposium was attended by 40 officials from Department of Livestock, Department of Public Health, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Department of Medical Services, College of Natural Resources and Royal Institute of Health Sciences.
Bhutan’s preparedness and contingency planning for H7N9 was enhanced through a three-day national workshop organised by the National Centre for Animal Health and FAO in response to the increasing incidence of H7N9 cases in humans in China, which has caused around 119 deaths out of 384 cases reported since it was first identified in March 2013.
The National One Health Symposium is being organised by the National Centre for Animal Health and the Department of Public Health in Bhutan from the 18th to the 20th November, 2013.