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National One Health Conference in Viet Nam to translate global challenges into local solutions

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One Health ConferenceHa Noi, 3 April 2013 – A two-day National Conference on applying a One Health approach to infectious disease risks at the human-animal-ecosystem interface in Viet Nam opened today in Ha Noi. The Conference is to be a key milestone in developing the application of a One Health approach in the country to avian influenza and other zoonotic emerging infectious disease risks, as well as livestock and wildlife diseases impacting food security, food safety and livelihoods.

The overall purpose of the Conference is to provide an opportunity for the Government of Viet Nam and its partners to highlight national One Health initiatives and keep track of progress and achievements over the previous period as well as ongoing constraints and areas requiring further efforts. Specific objectives of thematic sessions include:

  • To promote a One Health approach to address zoonotic diseases and non-zoonotic diseases impacting food security, food safety and livelihoods with national leaders, senior officials and experts;
  • To consider how the ongoing national One Health programmes and activities in Viet Nam fit into the larger context of the global movement towards a One Health approach; and
  • To identify a key set of next steps and a timeline to support the Government of Viet Nam in establishing a One Health road map and action plan including discussion of resourcing requirements.

 

The Conference brings together nearly 200 high-level representatives and technical experts of Viet Nam’s ministries, e.g. MARD and MOH and other related national organizations; international partner agencies and donors, including FAO, WHO, USAID; research organizations and selected regional and provincial representatives as well as other stakeholders.

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