The nature and functions of the One Health Hubs

One Health Hubs (OHHs) provide the organisational and operational framework to support collaboration between the human health and animal health sectors. A single One Health Hub has been established in each of the seven participating countries within the One Health Network-South Asia.

Participants

Each One Health Hub forms a network of individuals and organisations that are directly or indirectly involved in the management of zoonotic diseases in human and animal populations in the country.

The Hubs are established with key the technical agencies within the respective line ministries responsible for public health and animal health in each country as founding organisations, providing government-sector leadership and endorsement.

National and international organisations, including government departments, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, universities and zoonoses committees that are involved in the management and research of zoonoses can be affiliated to the OHHs or included in the wider One Health Network-South Asia, which facilitates integration with existing national, regional and international organisations that are involved in the management of endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases.

Individual Hub members include medical and veterinary epidemiologists plus other professionals involved in policy, management, delivery and/or research associated with the control of zoonotic and emerging diseases.


Objectives

The One Health Hubs will consolidate national and regional capacities in public health and epidemiology by functioning as coordination centres that provide an environment for developing collaborative projects and organising specialised training activities drawing on a network of international epidemiologists and disease experts who can assist the ongoing professional development of participants. 

The longer-term aim is to support wider One Health collaboration, professional networking, disease investigation projects, and training activities within the country and across the region by providing a continuing focus of collaborative epidemiological activities between human and animal health personnel.