01/18/19 06:22

The 8th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multi-sectoral Collaboration at the Animal-Human-Ecosystem Interface

Bangkok, Thailand, 9-11 April 2019

One Health is an integrated approach for preventing and mitigating health threats at the animal-human-plant-ecosystems interface with the objective of achieving animal and public health, food and nutrition security, sustainable ecosystems and trade facilitation. Considering the complexities of health threats, controlling health risks requires multi-sectoral collaboration through a good health system in place.

During the past years, a multidisciplinary and intersectoral One Health approach is increasingly being adopted at the global, regional and country levels as a way to address common concerns on health threats covering animal-plant-human health with relevant environmental issues. The Asia-pacific Region continues to be at threat for the emergence and spread of zoonoses (including zoonotic influenza, rabies etc.) and AMR.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have institutionalised a tripartite coordination mechanism to support countries with surveillance, prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases including zoonoses at the human, animal, plant and environmental interfaces. Regional tripartite partners strengthened multi-sectoral collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region through organising regular workshops since 2010.

Thanks to funding received from the people of Japan, the tripartite (FAO-OIE-WHO) will jointly organise the 8th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multi-sectoral Collaboration at the Animal-Human-Ecosystems Interface from 9 to 11 April 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on achievements and lessons learned through multi-sectoral collaboration on One Health beyond infectious diseases at country and regional levels. The workshop will also look into what sustainable multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms have been setup at the regional and country levels.

The objectives of the workshop are:

- to provide an update on emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases and other public health threats (including zoonotic influenza, rabies and AMR) at the global, regional and country levels;

- to review progress and challenges encountered in terms of multi-sectoral coordination, including information sharing, coordinated response and risk reduction, at regional and country levels;

- to make recommendations on further improved coordinated action at the animal-human-ecosystems interface among different sectors;

- to share information on tools and coordination frameworks available from tripartite for better understanding by countries for adaption at the country level.