Department of Livestock and Dairy Industry launches One Health pilot project in Karnataka

New Delhi: On June 28, Bengaluru witnessed the launch of the initiative “Guidance and Launch of One Health Pilot Project in Karnataka” by Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry, Government of India. Also, the English capacity building plan and Kannada and One Health brochure were launched in Kannada language.

One-Health is a multisectoral approach that takes into consideration human, animal and environmental health and the interconnection and interdependence of these three elements. The idea becomes especially important after the COVID pandemic to take a holistic approach.

Addressing the launch of the pilot project, Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Farming, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Farming, Government of India, said: “ The One Health India program launched by the Department will endeavor to improve livestock health, human health, wildlife health and environmental health by institutionalizing coordination between animal, human and wildlife departments , improving disease diagnosis and surveillance, digitizing the data collection and sharing mechanism, and enabling better communication among community members on the need to pay attention to zoonotic diseases and for the implementation of One Health.This pilot project will help to institutionalize coordination between different sectors, thus making possible the sharing of data and the notification procedure of epidemics. ra, strengthen and integrate the laboratories into a network. The project aims to support the development of a targeted surveillance plan and integrate the data into the digital architecture of the National Digital Livestock Mission (NDLM). The pilot project in Karnataka will form the basis for the development of the One Health Framework for India.

Other dignitaries present at the launch of the pilot project were Dr. Praveen Malik, Livestock Commissioner, Government of India, Shri Alkesh Wadhwani, Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Smt. Salma K Fahim, Secretary, Department of Livestock and Fisheries, Government of Karnataka, Dr Pushpalatha, Director of Health, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, and Shri Vijaykumar Gogi, Curator Chief Forestry Officer (WL), Department of Forestry, Ecology and Environment, Government of Karnataka and Dr. Manjunath S Palegar, Director of Animal Health, Government of Karnataka, among other key players in the animal, human and wildlife sectors.

Livestock Commissioner Dr Praveen Malik said, “With the launch of the One Health Framework pilot project in Karnataka, we look forward to integrating human, environmental and animal health. Six interventions planned for the pilot will allow for better coordination between the different sectors concerned and the strengthening of the capacities of the different teams. With the support of state departments and all stakeholders, we look forward to the successful implementation of the pilot.”

“We are proud that the One Health pilot project is being implemented in Karnataka. This pilot project will greatly help us to improve the facilities and infrastructure in our state,” said Mrs. Salma K. Fahim, Secretary, Department of Livestock and Fisheries, Government of Karnataka.

Shri Vijaykumar Gogi, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (WL), Department of Forests, Ecology and Environment, Government of Karnataka and Dr. Pushplatha, Director in charge of Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka stated that they were excited to implement the One Health Framework as it stands and they indicated the commitment of the department to support this initiative. Additionally, they are eager to integrate animal health with human and environmental health.

On this occasion, Shri Alkesh Wadhwani, Director, Poverty Alleviation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) welcomed the launch of this pilot project and showed his support to the Department of Livestock and Dairy Farming for the Implementation of the National One Health Framework for India”.

The Government of India’s Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) is leading this project with financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as the implementing partner . Government of India’s Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying’s One Health initiative would enable effective inter-ministerial coordination among various government departments at the national level, institutionalization mechanism has been established through an inter-ministerial governance committee at the top, chaired by the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. The Project Steering Committee (PSC) constituted under the chairmanship of the Secretary, DAHD, works to institutionalize the interaction between the human, animal and wildlife departments of the center, to enable collaborative and collective decision-making, oversee the progress and guide the team on interventions being deployed. A similar governance structure for states is also set forth by the creation of a State Level 1 Health Committee (SLOHC).

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