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One Health Approach for Pandemic Preparedness

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: PIB

  

Context: The Government of India, in collaboration with the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH), organized a multi-sectoral workshop titled “Risk-based management of spillover events in wildlife in India” in Hyderabad.

  • The workshop aimed to strengthen the One Health approach for pandemic preparedness and featured experts from various fields.
  • The workshop’s efforts align with the global need to enhance preparedness for future pandemics, especially highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. WOAH is actively collaborating with partners in the Quadripartite, including FAO, WHO, and UNEP, to address these critical issues.

 

 Key highlights of the workshop included:

  • Objectives: The workshop focused on four main objectives: enhancing stakeholder knowledge about wildlife-origin disease risk analysis, conducting a comprehensive gap analysis of India’s risk assessment and management, simulating disease spillover scenarios, and promoting communication and awareness among relevant stakeholders.
  • One Health Approach: The workshop exemplified the commitment of WOAH and the Government of India to the “One Health” approach, which emphasizes collaboration and coordination among stakeholders in addressing the interconnected health of wildlife, domestic animals, and humans.