Summary of 2013 Pakistan National One Health Symposium

The 2013 Pakistan National One Health Symposium was held on November 18, 2013 at the Main Auditorium of the National Agricultural Research Council in Islamabad.

The Symposium formally recognised the Pakistan achievements in One Health over the four years of the World Bank/Massey University project entitled 'Regional Training in Animal and Human Health Epidemiology in South Asia' and provided a national forum to communicate technical disease updates and surveillance information on zoonotic disease occurrence across the country.

The Symposium was attended by approximately 140 people. Dignitaries from the animal and human health sectors that attended the Symposium included Mr Seerat Asghar Jaura (Secretary, MoNFS&R), Dr Iftikhar Ahmad (Chairman, PARC), and Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan (DG, NARC). All provinces were represented among the participants.

Keynote addresses during the morning sessions were made by Dr Neumann from Massey University (Zoonotic Diseases: One Health Perspective) and Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad (Chairman, PARC) who reminded the attendees that One Health efforts needed to actively involve food safety, food security, and environmental health representatives. During the afternoon, technical briefs of important zoonotic pathogens were presented by Dr. Muhammad Afzal (FAO), Dr. Uzma Bashir (NIH), and Prof. Dr. Shahana. U. Kazmi (JUW, Karachi). Additionally, Dr Aman Ullah presented the results to date from the ongoing CIP projects in Pakistan. Drs Naeem and Kamran managed a discussion forum at the end of the Symposium that culminated in the participants establishing a series of Resolutions that the Pakistan delegates could bring to the Regional One Health Symposium to be held in early December in Bhutan.

Twenty-three scientific posters were presented during the Symposium. A review committee evaluated each poster during the Symposium and awarded a first (Dr Saima Dil, PARC, Islamabad PKR 15,000), second (Dr Arsalan Maqbool, University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore PKR 10,000), and third (Dr Bushra Jamil, Agha Khan University, Karachi PKR 5,000) placing.