This section presents information about:
Collaborative investigation projects implemented under the South Asia Regional Training Program in Animal and Human Health Epidemiology, funded by the AHIF Trust Fund, administered by the World Bank, and
Collaborative programs, workshops/symposia and group activities operating within the One Health Network South Asia, including the current "Integrating Education and Action for One Health (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal)" program funded by the European Union and implemented by Massey University (also listed under the "Education and Programs" menu).
These activities are providing practical opportunities for professionals working in the human, animal and wildlife health sectors in South Asia to put the One Health concept into practice by working together to benefit biosecurity knowledge and implementation in their country and the region.
The role of Hubnet
The Project sites and Collaboration Group sites on Hubnet support these activities by providing workable platforms for communication and collaborative working, whilst also acting as a repository for information and materials related to the projects.
The Collaboration Groups provide a forum in which members of the One Health Network can share resources and expertise related to a particular disease priority.
Operationalising One Health
The Collaborative Investigation Projects (CIPs) addressed zoonotic disease issues of importance in the region, conducted from 2013 to 2014. The projects were planned in consultation with the governments of the participating countries and regional stakeholders. These projects provided valuable opportunities to strengthen collaborative disease control capability and capacity at both national and regional levels.
Each CIP was implemented by a multi-disciplinary team with the support of national and international expertise to broaden and strengthen the epidemiology and biosecurity networks within each individual country and the region.
Epidemiological investigations in animal and human populations were integrated so that the information gained from these studies is of maximum benefit for designing effective disease control strategies. In some instances the same disease was investigated in multiple countries, facilitating regional cooperation and the sharing of expertise and information.
These collaborative activities also provided opportunity for building regional expertise through the provision of international expert assistance and specialised training. During the course of the CIPs, specialist training was provided by regional and international epidemiological and public health experts in areas such as:
- Study design
- Data management
- Descriptive data analysis
- Multivariable data analysis
- Geospatial epidemiology
- Economics and policy
Dissemination of knowledge gained
Project participants are encouraged and supported to publish the results of their investigations, and to present these at regional and international meetings and conferences.
It is anticipated that the outcomes of these projects will be formulated into policy recommendations to aid government decision making concerning zoonotic disease control.