The Bhutan One Health Hub serves as a networking and coordination centre connecting people and organisations involved in One Health activities across the human and animal health sectors in Bhutan. The Hub provides a coordination framework in which projects and cross-sectoral collaboration is supported with facilities for networking, communication and resource sharing.
Founding government organisations for the Bhutan One Health Hub are the National Center for Animal Health (NCAH) within the Department of Livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Department of Public Health within the Ministry of Health.
Membership of the Bhutan One Health Hub may include people working in institutions within the government sector that are involved in surveillance and control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases affecting humans and animals, and people in non-government organisations, research institutes, universities and training institutes involved in One Health activities in Bhutan. People interested in One Health activities in Bhutan who are not members of the Hub may apply to be part of the wider One Health Network-South Asia.
Members of the Bhutan One Health Hub and the wider One Health Network-South Asia typically 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.
The Bhutan One Health Hub is connected to similar One Health Hubs throughout South Asia, as part of the regional One Health Network-South Asia, which supports One Health communication, collaboration, professional networking, projects and training activities across the South Asia region.
Key Benefits of the Bhutan One Health Hub include:
- Enhanced collaboration between animal and human health sectors to detect and respond to zoonotic disease events of national or international concern.
- A platform through which country experiences and findings related to zoonotic disease risks and events of potential national and international concern can be shared with wider community/experts.
- Enhanced information exchange between animal surveillance units, laboratories, human health surveillance units and other relevant sectors regarding potential zoonotic risks and urgent zoonotic events can be established.
- A roster of experts who can respond to zoonotic events can be identified.
- All the above benefits would also help Bhutan achieve the core capacities to respond to zoonotic events as required to be fulfilled by International Health Regulation (2005) by June 2014 deadline.
- One Health-related information management
- Rosters of available human resources, and human and animal health experts nationally, regionally and internationally.
- Ability to create other hubs, projects and collaboration groups in Hubnet linked to the Bhutan One Health Hub.
- Inventories of projects and collaborations on zoonoses