Sunday 1st December, the day before the arrival of technical delegates to the South Asia Regional One Health Symposium, the animal and human health coordinators for the One Health Hub in each country met with Massey staff at Zhiwa Ling, the main Symposium venue.
The objective of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the Hub coordinators to share their experiences of what has been achieved through the Regional Training Program in Animal and Human Health Epidemiology. A coordinator from each country presented a summary of One Health related activities in their country over the last three years. In addition, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Pakistan held National One Health Symposia during November 2013 and Hub coordinators from each of these countries were given the opportunity to present recommendations or resolutions that arose from these meetings. These country-level resolutions and recommendations will form the basis for the creation of regional-level resolutions during the current week-long South Asia Regional One Health Symposium.
The establishment of Hubs in each country has been an important goal of the project because Hubs provide a tangible sustainable resource for the community of people working in One Health. Each country has been provided with the flexibility required to establish and manage the Hub given the diverse administrative environments across the South Asia Region.
As Massey’s official role in helping to establish the network of Hubs across the Region winds down at the end of 2013, assurance was provided to the Hub coordinators that Massey will remain active in the South Asia Region at least until 2016 through other project activities, and will be able to support and assist the nascent Hubs in their growth into key One Health assets.