One Health India

Declaration

One Health Road Map

1. Review, update and document the current disease burden(s) resulting from zoonotic diseases and AMR and the drivers behind the behaviors by commissioning required studies.

2. Identify the priority area(s) of concerns with respect to diseases, emerging or reemerging infections, biosafety and biosecurity challenges and policy environment that require immediate or long-term interventions.

3. Promote basic and applied research to understand the mechanism of virulence, infections and its transmissions leading to the development of relevant tools and techniques for detection, diagnosis and control. There is a need to explore the transformative ability of modern biotechnology especially genome editing, synthetic biology to find affordable solutions to tackle One Health challenges.

4. Capacity building through engagement and training of manpower including students, scientists, researchers, primary respondents, and health care professionals. Specific training modules need to be developed for target groups, maintaining currency with the evolving nature of challenges, international best practices and advancement of sciences.

5. Capacity building and improvement of related infrastructure for research, diagnosis, and health care system(s) to enable an effective preparedness and response mechanism and empowering primary responders and health care professionals to avoid occupational hazards while diagnosing and treating diseases.

6. Share information on existing and evolving disease burdens, challenges, research outcome and outputs and promote exchange of resources, including trained manpower, tools, reagents, organisms etc for effective medical countermeasures.

7. Explore opportunities and promote partnership through scientific collaborations between public and private organizations, both at the national and international level, establishing inter-sectoral exchange programs to fast track innovation in the areas of detection, diagnostics, response and medical countermeasures.

8. Evolve with practical governance, policy mechanism(s) and regulation(s) to define the role of Government and other stakeholders on responsibly regulating/ dealing with One Health related activities. This will allow for integrated human, animal, and environmental health impact assessments and management plans to support decision making, in particular for evaluating and monitoring dual-use concerns of scientific innovations in the context of One Health, addressing related biosafety and biosecurity challenges and guidelines in a legally protected environment.

9. Incentivize the OHR through dedicated funding, rewards mechanisms as well as due protection of intellectual rights, wherever applicable.

10. Create and implement a One Health communication and outreach plan for all stakeholders including the public, through print and online platforms, an organization of workshops, training, and conference like this (One Health India Conference) to provide a platform for mass awareness helping a nation to ensure its own health security.