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

New Delhi: The Government of India’s Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) has launched a pilot project in the state of Uttarakhand to implement the One Health Framework by One Health Support Unit. The main objective of the unit is to develop a national One Health roadmap based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the pilot project. The One Health Inter-Ministerial Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Scientific Advisor, Government of India has been established to spearhead the implementation of the One Health Support Unit. A Project Steering Committee (PSC) is constituted under the chairmanship of the Secretary (AHD), GoI involving representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, ICAR, civil societies, international development organizations and practitioners in the field .

Based on the recommendations of the PSC, state and district level 1 health committees should be formed involving relevant authorities from the Ministries of Health, Animal Husbandry and Environment. Some of the major activities to be undertaken under the pilot project include institutionalization of the mechanism for collecting data on outbreaks, prevalence, management and development of a targeted surveillance plan, integration of a network of laboratories, the development and implementation of a communication strategy across sectors and integration of data into the digital architecture of the National Digital Breeding Mission.

The pilot project in Uttarakhand was launched by Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Livestock, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Animal Husbandry, Government of India, in the presence of Dr Praveen Malik, Commissioner for Livestock, Government of India, Mr. Alkesh Wadhwani, Director, India Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Dr. R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary, Department of Livestock, Government of India Uttarakhand, Shri Pankaj Kumar Pandey Secretary Department of Medicine, Health and Family Welfare Government of Uttarakhand, Ranjan Kumar Mishra Additional Senior Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Uttarakhand Forest Department Government of Uttarakhand and Dr. Prem Kumar , Director, Department of Animal Husbandry Government of Uttarakhand, among other key stakeholders.

Addressing the launch of the pilot project, Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy, said, “The One Health India program launched by the Department will work with stakeholders from various sectors to improve livestock health, human health, wildlife health and environmental health through technology and finance The pilot project in Uttarakhand will support the creation of the One Health Framework for India and help to build a strong social infrastructure that supports the health of people and the planet. We look forward to coordinated engagement among all stakeholders for the successful implementation of the pilot.”

“We are happy to move forward with the implementation of the One Health framework in India, the pilot projects will help build capacity and understand disease prioritization. Six interventions are planned for the implementation of the pilot. Interventions will cover aspects of institutionalization and operationalization for better coordination between the various sectors concerned. With the support of state departments and all stakeholders, we look forward to the successful implementation of the pilot. said Dr. Praveen Malik, Livestock Commissioner.

Discussing the implementation of the One Health program in Uttarakhand, Alkesh Wadhwani, Director of Poverty Alleviation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India, said, “The One Health approach is critical to ensuring sustainable development as it addresses the interdependencies between people and the planet. We are pleased to support the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry to launch the pilot project in the state of Uttarakhand and pave the way for the implementation of the National One Health Framework.

“Uttarakhand, with its unique environment, is the right destination to pilot the One Health project which promotes the well-being of people, animals and the planet. We look forward to the successful implementation of the project to provide lessons and recommendations that can be used in the implementation of the One Health framework nationwide. We look forward to coordinated work among all stakeholders at the state level to achieve optimal results. With the implementation of the pilot project, we aim to improve infrastructure and facilities that support the health of people and the planet.” added, Dr R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary, Department of Livestock, Government of Uttarakhand.

Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Secretary of Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare, Government of Uttarakhand, said: “Human health cannot be viewed in isolation, it is important to realize the interdependencies that animal health and environmental impact have on human life. With this One Health Framework, we are moving forward to build a healthier India. It is time to prioritize health while understanding its impacts on social and sustainable development.

Speaking at the event, Ranjan Kumar Mishra, Senior Chief Conservator of Forests, Uttarakhand Forestry Department of Wildlife, Government of Uttarakhand said, “Uttarakhand is home to a unique ecosystem which is boasts of a rich biodiversity. The state, with its dense wildlife population, ensures and recognizes that animal and environmental health are essential. To improve animal, environmental and human health, a number of initiatives can be planned in the conservation and reserve areas of Uttarakhand which are home to a number of communities as well as wildlife. The One Health pilot project will bring together animal, human and environmental health and help ensure the overall quality health of the state.

Dr Prem Kumar, Director of Livestock Department, Government of Uttarakhand, addressing the closing remarks of the launch event, said, “The state currently has 60 functional veterinary vans which deal with animal health and welfare, with the launch of the One Health framework in Uttarakhand. , we look forward to integrating human and environmental health with animal health. that our learnings and recommendations support the development of the One Health framework for India”.

By developing the One Health Framework, India will successfully address the need for effective disease notification and response coordination, optimal use of resources, emergency preparedness, strengthening capacity to manage diseases of economic and zoonotic importance and public awareness of animal diseases of zoonotic and economic origin. importance.

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