In Bhutan, there is the potential for strengthening collaboration and cooperation between public and animal health sectors in the management of zoonoses at the human‐animal‐ecosystems interface by further implementing a sustainable One Health approach.
The National One Health Symposium is being organised by the National Centre for Animal Health and the Department of Public Health in Bhutan. It will be held from the 18th to the 20th November, 2013 and attended by all the relevant partners to provide a platform for discussing a range of issues to operationalise a sustainable One Health approach in Bhutan.
- To summarise progress and achievements in implementing a One Health approach to zoonotic disease control and the effectiveness of inter-sectoral collaboration in Bhutan.
- To report outcomes of the One Health Regional Training Program implemented by Massey University from 2010–2013 and share information on other One Health activities which are being carried out with government-sector engagement in Bhutan.
- To report on progress towards implementation or adoption of an appropriate agency or organisational structures that can function effectively across the human and animal health sectors with government engagement in the field of zoonosis control. Adoption of such an agency can function as a ‘One Health Hub’ in Bhutan in support of One Health initiatives operating through or with engagement of the government sector.
- To propose national-level outcomes and plans of action that will contribute to sustainability of the One Health approach in Bhutan and the South Asia region that can be taken forward to the regional level at the Regional One Health Symposium in Bhutan, December 2 to 6, 2013.
- The contribution and outcomes of the One Health Regional Training Program implemented by Massey University are presented in the context of other government-sector and public-private partnership initiatives and activities to stimulate inter-sectoral collaboration and implementation of a One Health approach to zoonotic disease control in Bhutan.
- There is an improved understanding of One Health activities being carried out by key stakeholders in Bhutan, and the potential for synergies, coordination and support.
- There is progress towards implementation or adoption of an appropriate agency or organisational structure to function as a ‘One Health Hub’ in Bhutan in support of One Health initiatives operating through or with engagement of the government sector.
- A summary of the proposed activities that will contribute to a sustainable One Health approach to zoonotic disease control in Bhutan and recommendations for implementing these that can be taken forward to the regional level is developed for presentation at the South Asia Regional One Health Symposium in Bhutan from 2–6 December 2013.