The conference served to launch India’s new One Health Initiative – an intersectoral approach to tackling the most urgent health threats. The convening brought together thought-leaders from India and around the globe, providing a platform for researchers, medical and veterinary practitioners, public and private sector stakeholders, and policymakers to integrate knowledge and identify needs and opportunities to better coordinate activities and address major human, animal, and environmental health challenges.
The conference outlined a pragmatic and flexible action plan for the response, preparedness, and management of current regional, national, and global health challenges using a One Health collaborative approach. The conference deliberations were focused on identifying needs and opportunities and developing a strategy map to address major human and animal diseases of concern including Brucellosis, Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), together with biosafety, biosecurity, the burden of disease, and inter-sectoral collaboration considerations.
At its conclusion, the conference attendees highlighted specific areas of research, translation to clinical and field use, and helped outline an action plan to foster transdisciplinary and international collaboration using a One Health approach.