Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Launches One Health Pilot Project in Uttarakhand, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi, 6th April 2022: The Government of India’s Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Production (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. A One Health Inter-Ministerial Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Scientific Advisor of the Government of India has been established to lead 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 1 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 mechanism for collecting data on outbreaks, prevalence, management and development of targeted surveillance plan, integration of laboratory network , the development and implementation of a cross-sector communication strategy and the integration of data with the digital architecture of the National Digital Livestock 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, Bill and Melinda Gates India Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Dr. R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary, Department of Livestock, Government of Uttarakhand , Shri Pankaj Kumar Pandey Secretary Department of Medicine, Health and Family Welfare Government of Uttarakhand, Ranjan Kumar Mishra Senior Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Uttarakhand Forest Department Government of Uttarakhand and Dr Prem Kumar, Director, Department of Livestock, 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.

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