25 January 2013 - With the emergence, re-emergence and spread of a wide variety of infectious diseases affecting human, livestock, and wildlife coupled with drastic increases in the use of natural resources, climate change, and rapid globalization, it is imperative that health issues are addressed in a multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral way. To address these and other issues, representatives from FAO will participate in the upcoming Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok, Thailand from 28 January – 2 February.
This year’s theme is “A World United against Infectious Disease: Cross Sectoral Solutions,” and is the forum for the Second International One Health Conference. The PMAC is an annual conference with this year’s objective to bring together leading public health leaders and stakeholders from around the world to discuss high priority global health issues, summarize findings and propose concrete solutions. This week long meeting will bring together leading professionals in the field of One Health to discuss initiatives, identify areas of success, and work together on future challenges. FAO representatives will present on a variety of issues ranging from infectious diseases, to food security to sustainable use of natural resources.
FAO will provide strong technical expertise on the topic of One Health, presenting on various ongoing projects that strengthen collaboration between sectors at national, regional, and international levels. Along with international partners, this meeting will identify concrete solutions to emerging infectious diseases within a multidisciplinary context. In conjunction with the conference, there are various side events hosted by FAO including the Second Meeting of the Scientific Task Force on Wildlife and Ecosystem Health, the Multilateral Environmental Agreement coordination meeting, the consultative meeting of epidemiology consortium for emerging zoonotic and transboundary animal disease and a meeting to discuss non-zoonotic diseases within the one health context.
This meeting will also serve as an opportunity to showcase the work of the Tripartite (WHO, FAO, and OIE) highlighting both the strengths and challenges of working at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. A partnership formalized in 2010, the tripartite is a truly One Health initiative working together to address issues relating to emerging infectious disease, global governance for health, and improving early warning systems. Representatives from the Tripartite have organized multiple parallel sessions on One Health Collaboration. One session will discuss the achievements and gaps in One Health surveillance at a global level, with a specific examples of viral hemorrhagic fever surveillance in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A second parallel session organized by the Tripartite will explore how the One Health Paradigm has contributed to food security.