The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) will be launched the One Health pilot in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The programme is aimed at bringing stakeholders from animal, human and environment health on a common platform to address challenges. DAHD in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as implementation partner is implementing the One-Health Framework undertaking project in the states of Karnataka and Uttarakhand, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying.
About the ‘One Health Pilot’:
The Pilot project in Karnataka would be launched by Secretary Atul Chaturvedi, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying. Key dignitaries and stakeholders from the Centre and state level across livestock, human, wildlife, and environment sectors will also be a part of the inauguration. During the event, the capacity-building plan for Karnataka and the One Health brochure (Kannada) will also be unveiled.
The ‘One Health India’ program initiated by the Department aims to work with stakeholders from various sectors to improve livestock health, human health, wildlife health, and environmental health through technology and finance.
‘One Health Pilot’: Benefits
- Human health cannot be viewed in isolation and it is dependent on the environment it lives which includes animals too. The One Health project helps in realizing the interdependencies that animal and environmental health have on human life.
- It will develop a national One Health roadmap based on the learnings of the pilot project implementation.
- This will be useful in preventing zoonotic disease outbreaks in the future and facilitate a better response mechanism. Earlier, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had called for the need of creating vigilance and awareness on zoonotic diseases.
- The pilot project will institutionalize better management, and development of a targeted surveillance plan, integrate a network of laboratories, develop and implement communication strategy across sectors
- It will also integrate data with the digital architecture of the National Digital Livestock Mission.
- Furthermore, it will also help in building a strong social infrastructure that supports the health of the people and the planet.