India’s First One Health Consortium Launched – All You Need to Know!

Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, October 14, 2021, Launched Virtually India’s first “One Health” consortium.

The newly launched consortium plans to carry out surveillance of important viral, bacterial and parasitic infections of zoonotic as well as transboundary pathogens.

Dr. Swarup, while speaking on the occasion, informed that the “One Health” consortium consisting of the 27 organizations led by DBT- National Institute of Biotechnology, Hyderabad is one of the largest health programs launched by the Indian government in post-COVID-19 times.

The “One Health” consortium includes AIIMS Jodhpur, AIIMS Delhi, IVRI, Bareilly, GADVASU, Ludhiana, TANUVAS, Chennai, MAFSU, Nagpur, Assam Agricultural and Veterinary University, and many other ICAR, ICMR centers and wildlife agencies.

Goal:

The One Health Consortium plans to carry out surveillance of important zoonotic viral and bacterial infections as well as cross-border pathogens in India, including the northeastern part of the country.

The Department of Biotechnology project will look at the use of existing diagnostic tests.

According to the official statement, the project will also be responsible for developing additional methodologies for monitoring and understanding the spread of emerging diseases.

Why is the One Health Consortium important today?

The need for the ‘One Heath’ Consortium grew at the time. The risk of infectious agents capable of jumping species barriers has increased. These diseases also have devastating effects on humans, animals, health systems and economies, requiring years of social and economic recovery.

Sensing the urgent need, the Department of Biotechnology supported a mega consortium on “One Health”.

Holistic approach to understanding zoonotic diseases

Dr. Renu Swarup, while noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the relevance of “One Health” principles in the governance of infectious diseases, particularly efforts to prevent and contain zoonotic diseases across the world, highlighted Emphasis on a holistic approach to understanding human, wildlife and animal health to minimize harm from future pandemics.

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