Functions and founding organisations of the Afghan One Health Hub

The Afghan One Health Hub serves as a networking and coordination centre connecting people and organisations involved in One Health activities within Afghanistan. The Hub provides a coordination framework in which projects and cross-sectoral collaboration is supported with facilities for networking, communication and resource sharing. Professionals working in fields related to human, animal or wildlife health within Afghanistan may apply to join.


Key organisations

Founding government organisations for the Afghan One Health Hub are the Afghan National Public Health Institute (ANPHI) within the Ministry of Public Health and the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production within the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock.

Within the Afghan One Health Hub, the ANPHI and GDAH&P collaborated extremely successfully with the non-government organisations Health Protection and Research Organisation and the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan to implement the Collaborative Investigation Project (CIP) within the Regional Training in Animal and Human Epidemiology in South Asia program, with overall coordination provided by the Animal Health Development Program (AHDPII).

Groups that played a significant role in the OHH and the CIP were the Herat Provincial Veterinary Office, Herat Provincial Public Health Office, Herat Disease Early Warning System (DEWS), Herat Provincial Veterinary Laboratory, Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (CVDRL), Central Public Health Laboratory, Central Epidemiology Department (CED) and Sanitary Mandate Contract (SMC) of GDAH&P, and Surveillance/DEWS Directorate of ANPHI.

Membership

Membership of the Hub may include representatives from national and international organisations including government departments, donor agencies, non-governmental organisations, research institutes, universities and members of joint committees involved in One Health activities.

Members include medical and veterinary epidemiologists and other professionals involved in the research, policy and management or delivery of services associated with the control of zoonotic and emerging diseases in Afghanistan.

Regional collaboration

The Afghanistan One Health Hub is connected to similar One Health Hubs throughout South Asia, as part of the South Asia Regional One Health Network, which supports One Health communication, collaboration, professional networking, projects and training activities within the country and across the South Asia region.