One health – Surround Health http://surroundhealth.net/ Wed, 11 May 2022 13:44:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://surroundhealth.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-68-120x120.png One health – Surround Health http://surroundhealth.net/ 32 32 One Health-funded study finds wildlife-resistant trash cans help reduce human-black bear conflict https://surroundhealth.net/one-health-funded-study-finds-wildlife-resistant-trash-cans-help-reduce-human-black-bear-conflict/ Tue, 10 May 2022 16:48:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/one-health-funded-study-finds-wildlife-resistant-trash-cans-help-reduce-human-black-bear-conflict/ When black bears are attracted to urban areas, interactions with humans become more common. Bears also experience a higher mortality rate due to the potential for vehicle collisions, property damage, and conflicts that lead to their fatal elimination. In 2020 alone, 120 bears were euthanized statewide due to human conflict. “Colorado bears have a two-shot […]]]>

When black bears are attracted to urban areas, interactions with humans become more common. Bears also experience a higher mortality rate due to the potential for vehicle collisions, property damage, and conflicts that lead to their fatal elimination. In 2020 alone, 120 bears were euthanized statewide due to human conflict.

“Colorado bears have a two-shot rule when it comes to causing conflict,” said Cassandre Venumiere-Lefebvre, Ph.D. student at Crooks Lab who studies human-black bear conflict in Durango. “When a bear is caught causing any form of conflict with humans, it is tagged and moved on its first offense. When a tagged bear causes a second documented conflict, it is euthanized.

In rare cases of major conflicts, bears are euthanized on the first offense. The issue made headlines in Durango last summer when a female bear and her two cubs killed a 39-year-old woman who was walking her dogs. As a result, all three bears were euthanized upon capture.

Evaluation of self-locking containers to reduce conflicts with black bears

Cassandre Venumiere-Lefebvre

Durango is a hotspot for black bear activity due to the ideal bear habitat that surrounds the city. Studies in Durango conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the National Wildlife Research Center, and CSU from 2011 to 2016 found that manually locking trash cans helped reduce conflicts, but these containers were often not properly secured by users. . Residents often failed to lock the two clips on the containers, allowing bears to continue to access the bin.

There is significant potential for reducing human-black bear conflict with effective waste management, but it depends on human compliance with Durango City ordinances requiring bear-proof waste. In 2018 and 2019, the city distributed fully automated (self-locking) trash cans to residents who had not previously received the manual-locking containers in the previous study.

Following the deployment of automatic containers, Cassandre Venumière-Lefebvre moved temporarily to Durango in the summer of 2021 to investigate the effectiveness of different types of garbage cans in mitigating conflicts with black bears. Cassandre left France for Colorado for her doctorate. and found his passion in the study of carnivores.

His study focused on human compliance with the garbage ordinance, types of garbage cans, and their use across the city. She also counted the number of attempts – successful and unsuccessful – by bears and other wildlife to gain access to the containers. Of 2,048 trash cans used by study area residents, 98.4% were bear-resistant and 1.6% were regular trash cans. Of the bear-resistant containers, 65.5% locked automatically and 32.8% closed manually. During the 2021 season, 151 occurrences of potential conflicts – overturned bins – were recorded. Of these events, 60.3% were unsuccessful attempts (containers overturned but no waste overturned) and 39.7% were “conflicts” resulting in the dumping of waste.

These results demonstrate that the use of the new self-locking containers increased residents’ compliance with securing waste and reduced bears’ ability to access it. The conflict rate in 2021 was significantly lower than in previous years. Therefore, the researchers were able to conclude that the automatic containers significantly improved residents’ compliance with the garbage ordinance, thereby reducing the risk of human-bear conflict in Durango.

“The most important thing people can do to address the issue is to engage with their city leaders and help encourage communities to make substantial changes to waste management to reduce the amount of waste available. for the bears,” Breck said. “Without the community support of all citizens and businesses, we are not going to solve the problem.”

Wildlife managers and municipal officials throughout Colorado and Rocky Mountain West can continue to use the results of this study to make decisions that benefit humans, black bears, and their environment. By informing residents of harsh environmental conditions and providing self-locking containers, there is a greater likelihood of reducing conflict with black bears as they prepare to hibernate in future seasons.

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Taking a One Health Approach to Muscle Loss Research https://surroundhealth.net/taking-a-one-health-approach-to-muscle-loss-research/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 14:15:20 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/taking-a-one-health-approach-to-muscle-loss-research/ Two Tufts scientists provide an example of how a One Health collaboration between animal and human health researchers can achieve better outcomes for people and pets. Sarcopenia, the medical term for age-related decline in muscle mass and strength, is a syndrome commonly seen in humans and companion animals, such as dogs and cats. It is […]]]>

Two Tufts scientists provide an example of how a One Health collaboration between animal and human health researchers can achieve better outcomes for people and pets.

Sarcopenia, the medical term for age-related decline in muscle mass and strength, is a syndrome commonly seen in humans and companion animals, such as dogs and cats. It is a common indicator of the aging process as well as diseases like cancer and heart disease.

That’s why veterinary nutritionist Lisa Freeman, A86, V91, N96, reached out to Roger Fielding, N93, associate center director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts. Fielding is an expert on sarcopenia in humans, and Freeman wanted to see if the international conference he was helping to organize could include information on sarcopenia in animals.

The upshot is that the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research, which kicks off April 20 in Boston, will include a satellite summit titled “Sarcopenia Across Species: A One Health Approach.” The goal: to get more scientists who work on human muscle wasting and frailty, as they affect healthy aging, talking with scientists who study similar issues in companion animal health .

“It’s just not as effective or efficient to study muscle wasting in parallel,” says Freeman, professor of clinical nutrition at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, who holds a veterinary degree and a Ph.D. in Tufts Nutrition.

“We can each learn so much more from each other and by working together,” says Fielding, who is also a principal investigator on the HNRCA sarcopenia team and a professor of biochemical and molecular nutrition and medicine. “I thought that was a great idea.”

Why study aging in companion animals?

Relatively speaking, it is easier to study disease states and test potential treatments in laboratory rodent models. But rodents aren’t similar enough to humans to consistently be good predictors of positive outcomes in human clinical trials. “When we go from mice to humans, we frequently have translation failures, and what looked like a treatment that would succeed in preclinical studies often doesn’t work in humans,” Freeman says.

“In rodent models studied in the laboratory, all rodents are genetically identical,” adds Freeman. “They are brought up like that. By comparison, companion animals have greater genetic variability than laboratory animals, and they actually live in the same environments as their human companions. These two factors together make them potentially better to study.

Natural muscle wasting and weight loss are very common in pets as they age. Pet dogs and cats also commonly develop other human diseases that involve muscle and weight loss, including heart failure, cancer, and kidney disease.

Just as humans live longer, so do cats and dogs. As the population of older pets grows, it becomes easier to study natural diseases and conditions that, like sarcopenia, develop as part of aging.

In fact, one such study that will be discussed at the conference, called The Dog Aging Project, will follow tens of thousands of pet dogs for 10 years to identify biological and environmental factors that maximize healthy longevity. The goal is to use the information gathered to help dogs and humans increase their lifespan, or the period of life spent free of disease.

Increase the quality, not just the quantity, of life

Sarcopenia can cause decreased strength and balance and is a component of the so-called “frailty syndrome”, which can impact healthy aging in pets and older humans. because their body loses the ability to respond to stress, whether it is injury or illness.

Several classes of drugs under study target various pathways that may be involved in muscle loss as humans and pets age. These include steroidal and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; drugs targeting ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite and increases food and muscle intake; and drugs targeting myostatin, a protein that when overproduced in the body can inhibit muscle cell growth. The important roles that exercise and nutrition can play in slowing muscle loss are also reviewed.

“Much of the research and clinical efforts in the field of aging, both for humans and pets, are now focused on the study of health span rather than lifespan,” says Fielding. “People are not only interested in living longer, but in living disease and syndrome free for as long as they can. People are more concerned about their quality of life, about not losing their independence and having to rely on others for care.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our quality of life and that of our pets,” he adds.

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Experts call for a “One Health” approach https://surroundhealth.net/experts-call-for-a-one-health-approach/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/experts-call-for-a-one-health-approach/ Islamabad: Emphasizing the need for a holistic approach to dealing with health-related challenges, including mental and physical illnesses, experts said that climate change, environmental degradation and population growth are some of the -one of the critical issues that must be addressed as a matter of priority. These views were expressed during a virtual seminar on […]]]>

Islamabad: Emphasizing the need for a holistic approach to dealing with health-related challenges, including mental and physical illnesses, experts said that climate change, environmental degradation and population growth are some of the -one of the critical issues that must be addressed as a matter of priority.

These views were expressed during a virtual seminar on “Our Planet, Our Health”, hosted here by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

Dr Rizwan Taj, Dean and Director General of the Federal Institute of Medical Education at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, said mental health comes first as it is extremely important for normal physical health. Thus, all the SDGs directly impact mental health. He pointed out that a comprehensive policy of prevention and diagnosis encompassing all members of society can help cure people of mental health problems.

The Vice Chancellor of the Academy of Health Services, Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan, was of the view that environmental degradation resulting from the cutting of trees is not just an environmental problem, but that it also leads to complications for human health.

He said unplanned or poorly planned urbanization leads to slums and ultimately creates communicable and non-communicable diseases among human beings. He added that the nation’s health can be improved through a multi-sector approach and discussing the issue in various forums.

Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, stressed the need to adopt the “One Health” approach, which includes all the ingredients such as food and water conservation . He added that population growth has also exacerbated the food situation which is causing malnutrition and stunting.

Dr Khalid Saeed, regional adviser for mental health at the World Health Organization, said these risks had increased by 50% alongside slow-moving threats such as water shortages and food insecurity, creating a direct impact on human health.

Prioritizing mental health policies and integrating them with other policies at the national level is the need for an hour, he said and called for a global commitment to the SDGs and a commitment to the Accord of Paris on climate change, because mental health is directly linked to climate change.

Dr Muhammad Imran, a microbiologist at Faisalabad University of Agriculture, said plastic particles in food are not only toxic to the human body but also dangerous to the planet and other creatures.

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Microbiology expert champions One Health approach to tackling antibiotic resistance globally https://surroundhealth.net/microbiology-expert-champions-one-health-approach-to-tackling-antibiotic-resistance-globally/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 17:05:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/microbiology-expert-champions-one-health-approach-to-tackling-antibiotic-resistance-globally/ Newswise — In a recent opinion piece published in the journal One Health, Oladele “Dele” Ogunseitan, PhD, UC Presidential Chair and Professor of Population Health and Disease Prevention at UCI Public Health, advocates new approaches to combat one of the world’s most pressing health issues. issues of today: resistance to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a […]]]>

Newswise — In a recent opinion piece published in the journal One Health, Oladele “Dele” Ogunseitan, PhD, UC Presidential Chair and Professor of Population Health and Disease Prevention at UCI Public Health, advocates new approaches to combat one of the world’s most pressing health issues. issues of today: resistance to antibiotics.

Antibiotic resistance is a natural process that arises from overprescription of antibiotics, overuse in food farming, and incomplete courses of antibiotics that result in the emergence of resistant bacterial strains, or “superbugs.” Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem of disparities, with some regions of the world more affected by the disease than others. To fill these gaps, Ogunseitan argues, we should look to the One Health model for solutions.

According to the CDC, One Health is an approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely linked to the health of animals and our common environment. In the context of antimicrobial resistance, Ogunseitan envisions a group of One Health Antibiotic Stewards – trained and equipped with the knowledge and skills to disseminate critical infection prevention information – deployed to high-risk areas as part of a global plan of action.

The plan, Ogunseitan explains in his post, would involve four pillars: governance and control, monitoring and data availability; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; and Research and Development. Key to each of these pillars is our ability to empower One Health antibiotic managers to engage in community strategies to improve knowledge, attitudes and perceptions about antibiotics.

“Clearly, bacterial resistance to antimicrobials is an emergency that jeopardizes population health, food security and environmental quality,” Ogunseitan writes. “The proposed remediation strategies are based on improving antibiotic stewardship through deeper knowledge, conservative attitudes and preventive practices in the agricultural, environmental and human health sectors, requiring a One Health approach par excellence.”

Read the full text here.

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Department of Livestock and Dairy Industry launches One Health pilot project in Uttarakhand https://surroundhealth.net/department-of-livestock-and-dairy-industry-launches-one-health-pilot-project-in-uttarakhand/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 05:19:43 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/department-of-livestock-and-dairy-industry-launches-one-health-pilot-project-in-uttarakhand/ New Delhi: The Government of India’s Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) has launched a pilot project in the state of Uttarakhand to implement the One Health Framework by One Health Support Unit. The main objective of the unit is to develop a national One Health roadmap based on the lessons learned from the […]]]>

New Delhi: The Government of India’s Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) has launched a pilot project in the state of Uttarakhand to implement the One Health Framework by One Health Support Unit. The main objective of the unit is to develop a national One Health roadmap based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the pilot project. The One Health Inter-Ministerial Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Scientific Advisor, Government of India has been established to spearhead the implementation of the One Health Support Unit. A Project Steering Committee (PSC) is constituted under the chairmanship of the Secretary (AHD), GoI involving representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, ICAR, civil societies, international development organizations and practitioners in the field .

Based on the recommendations of the PSC, state and district level health committees should be formed involving relevant authorities from the Ministries of Health, Animal Husbandry and Environment. Some of the major activities to be undertaken under the pilot project include institutionalization of the mechanism for collecting data on outbreaks, prevalence, management and development of a targeted surveillance plan, integration of a network of laboratories, the development and implementation of a communication strategy across sectors and integration of data into the digital architecture of the National Digital Breeding Mission.

The pilot project in Uttarakhand was launched by Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Livestock, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Animal Husbandry, Government of India, in the presence of Dr Praveen Malik, Commissioner for Livestock, Government of India, Mr. Alkesh Wadhwani, Director, India Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Dr. R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary, Department of Livestock, Government of India Uttarakhand, Shri Pankaj Kumar Pandey Secretary Department of Medicine, Health and Family Welfare Government of Uttarakhand, Ranjan Kumar Mishra Additional Senior Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Uttarakhand Forest Department Government of Uttarakhand and Dr Prem Kumar , Director, Department of Animal Husbandry Government of Uttarakhand, among other key stakeholders.

Addressing the launch of the pilot project, Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy, said, “The One Health India program launched by the Department will work with stakeholders from various sectors to improve livestock health, human health, wildlife health and environmental health through technology and finance The pilot project in Uttarakhand will support the creation of the One Health Framework for India and help to build a strong social infrastructure that supports the health of people and the planet. We look forward to coordinated engagement among all stakeholders for the successful implementation of the pilot.”

“We are happy to move forward with the implementation of the One Health framework in India, the pilot projects will help build capacity and understand disease prioritization. Six interventions are planned for the implementation of the pilot. Interventions will cover aspects of institutionalization and operationalization for better coordination between the various sectors concerned. With the support of state departments and all stakeholders, we look forward to the successful implementation of the pilot. said Dr. Praveen Malik, Livestock Commissioner.

Discussing the implementation of the One Health program in Uttarakhand, Alkesh Wadhwani, Director of Poverty Alleviation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India, said, “The One Health approach is critical to ensuring sustainable development as it addresses the interdependencies between people and the planet. We are pleased to support the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry to launch the pilot project in the state of Uttarakhand and pave the way for the implementation of the National One Health Framework.

“Uttarakhand, with its unique environment, is the right destination to pilot the One Health project which promotes the well-being of people, animals and the planet. We look forward to the successful implementation of the project to provide lessons and recommendations that can be used in the implementation of the One Health framework nationwide. We look forward to coordinated work among all stakeholders at the state level to achieve optimal results. With the implementation of the pilot project, we aim to improve infrastructure and facilities that support the health of people and the planet.” added, Dr R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary, Department of Livestock, Government of Uttarakhand.

Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Secretary of Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare, Government of Uttarakhand, said: “Human health cannot be viewed in isolation, it is important to realize the interdependencies that animal health and environmental impact have on human life. With this One Health Framework, we are moving forward to build a healthier India. It is time to prioritize health while understanding its impacts on social and sustainable development.

Speaking at the event, Ranjan Kumar Mishra, Senior Chief Conservator of Forests, Uttarakhand Forestry Department of Wildlife, Government of Uttarakhand said, “Uttarakhand is home to a unique ecosystem which is boasts of a rich biodiversity. The state, with its dense wildlife population, ensures and recognizes that animal and environmental health are essential. To improve animal, environmental and human health, a number of initiatives can be planned in the conservation and reserve areas of Uttarakhand which are home to a number of communities as well as wildlife. The One Health pilot project will bring together animal, human and environmental health and help ensure the overall quality health of the state.

Dr Prem Kumar, Director of Livestock Department, Government of Uttarakhand, addressing the closing remarks of the launch event, said, “The state currently has 60 functional veterinary vans which deal with animal health and welfare, with the launch of the One Health framework in Uttarakhand. , we look forward to integrating human and environmental health with animal health. that our learnings and recommendations support the development of the One Health framework for India”.

By developing the One Health Framework, India will successfully address the need for effective disease notification and response coordination, optimal utilization of resources, emergency preparedness, building capacity to manage diseases of economic and zoonotic importance and raising public awareness of animal diseases of zoonotic and economic origin. importance.

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World Health Day 2022: Reckitt’s Commitment to “One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind” https://surroundhealth.net/world-health-day-2022-reckitts-commitment-to-one-health-one-planet-one-future-leaving-no-one-behind/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 04:53:35 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/world-health-day-2022-reckitts-commitment-to-one-health-one-planet-one-future-leaving-no-one-behind/ The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 13 million deaths worldwide each year are due to preventable environmental causes. He says the climate crisis is the greatest health threat facing humanity. He further estimates that every year around 8,29,000 people die from diarrheal diseases caused by polluted water and poor sanitation. To highlight […]]]>

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 13 million deaths worldwide each year are due to preventable environmental causes. He says the climate crisis is the greatest health threat facing humanity. He further estimates that every year around 8,29,000 people die from diarrheal diseases caused by polluted water and poor sanitation.

To highlight the urgency of creating sustainable well-being societies committed to ensuring equitable health now and for future generations without breaching ecological limits, WHO has chosen the theme “Our Planet, Our Health” for the World Day. Health, which is celebrated annually on April 7. The aim is to draw the world’s attention to the urgent actions needed to keep people and the planet healthy and to foster a movement to create well-being societies.

In line with the vision of “Our Planet, Our Health”, the NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign has also adopted the theme One Health, One Planet, One Future and aims to highlight the interdependence of humans and the environment. , and humans on top of each other. Reckitt’s commitment is to “leave no one behind”, for only then can general well-being be ensured and its benefits enjoyed by all to achieve the overall goal of “Health for everyone “.

The campaign, through its various initiatives, emphasized that for one person to be healthy, everyone must be healthy and highlighted why India must start taking care of everyone’s health – especially vulnerable and marginalized communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous peoples, various Indian tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically distant populations, gender and sexual minorities.

In addition to people’s health, the campaign emphasizes the need to also take care of the health of the ecosystem. He points out that the imbalance in the ecosystem has led to an immense loss of biodiversity which has caused one of the greatest threats to human survival – climate change, which has now been described as ‘code red for humanity’. .

The campaign believes that unless the real living planet is healthy, people will not be healthy.

Impact of Dettol’s Banega Swasth India Campaign

Reckitt’s various projects have impacted people across the country with programs that improve hygiene behaviors, child nutrition, maternal health, and sex education.

BSI’s Dettol school hygiene program, which provides students with access to hygiene education with interactive communication techniques as well as improved hygiene and handwashing facilities, has been exceptionally successful. Over the years, it has expanded to cover 75% of primary schools in India, reaching 20 million children in the most needy communities and reducing absenteeism by 39%.

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According to Reckitt’s 2021 Social Impact Investment Report, the project reduced diarrhea rates among children by 14.6%.

Through the Birds and Bees program, Reckitt – Durex has targeted teens aged 10-19, to improve sex education for nearly 75,000 teens in 2021.

Through the “Reach Each Child” program, which is a nutrition initiative that prioritizes providing adequate nutrition to children in the first 1,000 days of life, the program has reached 72,700 children under the age of five and has provided cash assistance to 161 families to pay for malnutrition treatment.

Additionally, Reckitt has supported 8,000 pregnant women through multiple interventions and helped 91% of new mothers in India initiate breastfeeding.

Gaurav Jain, Senior Vice President, Reckitt – South Asia, says:

We seek to empower local communities to drive change. Our approach is not to impose solutions; it’s about understanding the problems and mitigating them from the ground up. When people – especially women and girls – have access to good health, hygiene and sanitation services, the whole community benefits in the long run. This is how we invest for life. Our social impact strategy focuses on the area of ​​unmet need where we can create the most impact as a business. These priority areas align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ravi Bhatnagar, Director of External Affairs and Partnerships, Reckitt, said that through its various projects, the campaign will continue to achieve more results in the future with the aim of maintaining the momentum of One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. He says,

Despite the progress, much remains to be done and we have an ambitious strategy to triple our impact by 2026. Our pioneering Banega Swasth India program aims to cover 75% of ambitious districts in India by 2026, reaching 140 million people and affecting 47 million people. Through our Durex “Birds and Bees” program, we will improve the sexual health of 14 million adolescents and young people.

About the authors: Ravi Bhatnagar is Reckitt’s Director of External Affairs and Partnerships and Dr. Jyotsna Sistla is Director – Banega Swasth India and Corporate Communications & External Affairs, Reckitt

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‘One Health’ Holistic Plan to Link Human and Animal Health – The New Indian Express https://surroundhealth.net/one-health-holistic-plan-to-link-human-and-animal-health-the-new-indian-express/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 01:41:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/one-health-holistic-plan-to-link-human-and-animal-health-the-new-indian-express/ Express press service BENGALURU: The city’s civic body pioneered the concept of “One Health,” a multi-sectoral collaboration emphasized by the World Health Organization to tackle complex global health issues affecting people, animals and ecosystems. A detailed action plan has been drawn up to articulate animal health, human health and environmental health, with collaboration between the […]]]>

Express press service

BENGALURU: The city’s civic body pioneered the concept of “One Health,” a multi-sectoral collaboration emphasized by the World Health Organization to tackle complex global health issues affecting people, animals and ecosystems.

A detailed action plan has been drawn up to articulate animal health, human health and environmental health, with collaboration between the various departments and NGOs. In addition, a Metropolitan Health Surveillance Unit, which will be a centralized nodal diagnostic laboratory to handle all surveillance activities, will soon be set up in Bommanahalli.

Dr. KV Thrilok Chandra, Special Commissioner, BBMP (Health) told TNIE that the “One Health” plan has already been launched within the boundaries of the BBMP. “In addition to human health, we are also focusing on animal health, starting with the dog population. We ensure that there is an aggressive campaign of rabies vaccination and neutering of dogs through the animal birth control program as part of the rabies prevention and control program.

In addition, wet markets in the city have been identified and we ensure that a detailed analysis of these markets is carried out and that cleanliness is maintained. The BBMP livestock division, veterinary schools and research centers will monitor this,” he said.

Meanwhile, as part of environmental surveillance, the commissioner said surveillance has been stepped up not only to identify SARS-CoV-2, but other diseases as well. According to officials, the surveillance unit will help promote integrated disease surveillance and research work.

Key areas of the center will be environmental change studies, quality and capacity building. It will also work on research for vaccines, drugs and diagnostic kits. However, renowned CMC Vellore virologist Dr. Jacob John said “One Health” is a good decade-old concept. Implementation requires organized management of human infectious diseases and animal infectious diseases.

“We don’t have either,” he remarked. “India is far behind other countries. We don’t even have verifiable data, we don’t have any policy to control even diseases like cholera, typhoid fever from human health side. And do we know where dogs get rabies from?

What is One Health?
Animal health, human health and environmental health are intrinsically linked and interdependent. The health of one affects the health of all. One Health is a collaborative global program to understand and manage planetary health risks and encourage a more sustainable ecosystem balance.

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Dorset hosts One Health conference on the future of farming https://surroundhealth.net/dorset-hosts-one-health-conference-on-the-future-of-farming/ Tue, 22 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/dorset-hosts-one-health-conference-on-the-future-of-farming/ A NATIONAL conference held in Dorset aimed to strengthen links between business and science to promote more sustainable agriculture and food production. The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Kingston Maurward College organized One Health 2022, which brought together over 60 decision-makers from academia, industry and government. One Health is a globally recognized term for […]]]>

A NATIONAL conference held in Dorset aimed to strengthen links between business and science to promote more sustainable agriculture and food production.

The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Kingston Maurward College organized One Health 2022, which brought together over 60 decision-makers from academia, industry and government.

One Health is a globally recognized term for the interdependence between the health of humans, animals, plants and natural ecosystems.

The event looked at how this could inform innovation in the field of agricultural technology, or agritech.

It saw the launch of a one-year programme, the One Health Nucleus Pilot, to support companies already involved or wishing to develop projects linked to the One Health Agenda.

Opening the conference, Dorset LEP Chair Cecilia Bufton said: “We have the ambition to make Dorset a One Health hub, within a sustainable and commercial One Health regional powerhouse, contributing to a supply green and clean world in the UK.

Luke Rake, Chief Executive and Director of Kingston Maurward, is the One Health lead on the LEP Board. He said recent investments in college facilities would support agritech skills regionally and nationally.

He compared Dorset to a ‘living laboratory’ for One Health and agritech, citing the development of the campus’s university center and rural business centre. It is planned to incubate and accelerate 40 high-value, clean-growth rural businesses by 2030.

The supposed LEP projects at Dorset Innovation Park in Winfrith Newburgh have been hailed for energizing the agritech hub.

Among those making presentations was DraperGROUP, headquartered in the Innovation Park, which provides sustainable temperature control systems for animal production.

Approximately 500 poultry houses nationwide use its renewable heating systems and equipment.

Lucy Cullinane, COO of Efeca, highlighted efforts to ensure deforestation-free supply of supermarket produce. Efeca operates from Bournemouth and Dorchester, providing advice on sustainable natural resource sourcing to businesses, governments and non-governmental organisations.

Adam Smith, managing director of research and development company Intrepid Minds, also based in the innovation park, showcased its latest 5G-enabled automated tractor technology.

Professor Matthew Upton from the University of Plymouth described advances in how vaccines can tackle antimicrobial resistance to improve agricultural production.

Keynote speakers who encouraged the growth of the sector were Professor Guy Poppy from the University of Southampton and Professor Mick Fuller from the University of Plymouth.

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Lancet Nigeria Commission report calls for ‘One Nation, One Health’ https://surroundhealth.net/lancet-nigeria-commission-report-calls-for-one-nation-one-health/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 11:50:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/lancet-nigeria-commission-report-calls-for-one-nation-one-health/ A UCL-led landmark report examining health inequalities in Nigeria has called for urgent action by policy makers to prevent disease before it occurs and to urgently increase access to healthcare for everyone. The Lancet Nigeria Commission report, released on Wednesday, March 16, found that health outcomes remain poor in Nigeria despite higher spending since 2001. […]]]>

A UCL-led landmark report examining health inequalities in Nigeria has called for urgent action by policy makers to prevent disease before it occurs and to urgently increase access to healthcare for everyone.

The Lancet Nigeria Commission report, released on Wednesday, March 16, found that health outcomes remain poor in Nigeria despite higher spending since 2001.

A multidisciplinary group of Nigerian experts and academics based around the world, working closely with UCL’s Institute for Global Health and policy makers, reviewed over a two-year period the burden of disease existing and the possibilities of improving health. The team found that while Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and most populous country – set to become the third most populous country in the world by 2050 – its dismal health outcomes are holding back progress and threatening the future of an otherwise vibrant nation.

In an accompanying Lancet article, the group also looked at population health outcomes in Nigeria between 1998 and 2019, compared to 15 other West African countries. They analyzed mortality patterns by sex, years of life lost, years lived with disability, life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and health system coverage. The authors concluded that Nigeria compares less favorably to similar countries in West Africa, despite recent improvements.

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar (UCL Institute for Global Health), who led the Commission, said: “Nigeria urgently needs to improve access to health care by improving health financing and the efficiency of existing spending. . Our report offers specific recommendations on financing innovation and specific interventions to improve the health workforce, information systems and access to care for all.

“Since the vast majority of factors that influence health lie outside the health sector, health should be at the heart of all policies. This will require rethinking governance for health with the establishment of intersectoral governance mechanisms that make it possible to measure the impact on health of different policies to empower all sectors.

“This includes tackling low access to water and sanitation; improve access to healthy food by addressing the double burden of malnutrition due to underweight and overweight; and addressing the health effects of climate change, including air pollution. Explicit consideration of equity in the implementation of programs and the provision of social protection, education and employment opportunities should be paramount.

Yet the report presents a positive perspective that Nigeria can deliver equitable and optimal health outcomes.

It identifies bold recommendations for action in collaboration with policy makers, contributing to lasting change in health policies and programs, national health outcomes and global health goals.

The report’s recommendations include:

  • Calling for a new social contract centered on health to respond to Nigeria’s need to define the relationship between citizen and state.
  • Prevention being at the heart of health policy, given Nigeria’s young population, requiring a whole-of-government approach and community engagement.
  • An ambitious health care reform program aimed at building a centrally determined and locally managed health system, including providing health insurance coverage to 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay bonuses.
  • A health system that encourages innovation and engages communities, to ensure that existing national schemes have local ownership and are sustainable, and reform the policy and regulatory landscape to unlock the market potential of the private sector.
  • A comprehensive assessment of Nigeria’s health security investment needs, whose weaknesses the pandemic has revealed.
  • Federal and state governments are funding and leading the development of standards for the digitization of health records and better systems for data collection, recording and quality assurance.

Commissioners suggest action could be taken to dramatically improve people’s health, including targeted interventions to tackle unsafe water sources, poor sanitation, malnutrition and exposure to air pollution .

An urgent goal of the Nigerian government should be to rebalance prevention and curative care to improve the health of young people, according to the team. Priorities include improving access to water and sanitation and education – especially for women and girls – as well as adopting policies to promote environmental sustainability to reduce air pollution and create a healthier built environment.

They call for repositioning future policy to achieve universal health coverage.

Professor Abubakar added: “Health is a unique political lever, which has so far been underutilized as a rallying mechanism for people. Good health can be central to reviving a patriotic national identity and a sense of belonging.

“A commitment to a ‘One Nation, One Health’ policy would prioritize the achievement of universal health coverage for all, especially for the most vulnerable Nigerians, who bear an unacceptable burden of disease.”

The report combines analysis of population dynamics, disease burden and future projections based on available data from the Global Burden of Disease Study, the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control.

Other partners include University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria, Bayero University Kano/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Ondo State University of Medical Sciences.

Credit: Lancet Nigeria Commission

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Health education should be early, inclusive and holistic https://surroundhealth.net/health-education-should-be-early-inclusive-and-holistic/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/health-education-should-be-early-inclusive-and-holistic/ The 19th century pathologist Rudolf Virchow was notable for the importance he placed on multifocal and transdisciplinary thinking about the determinants of health and disease. Even more famously, he wrote a groundbreaking report for the Prussian government on the typhus epidemic of 1847-1848 in the Upper Silesia region, advocating free and unlimited democracy as the […]]]>
The 19th century pathologist Rudolf Virchow was notable for the importance he placed on multifocal and transdisciplinary thinking about the determinants of health and disease. Even more famously, he wrote a groundbreaking report for the Prussian government on the typhus epidemic of 1847-1848 in the Upper Silesia region, advocating free and unlimited democracy as the most important principle for combating the epidemic.

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Medicine as a social science: Rudolf Virchow on the typhus epidemic in Upper Silesia.