One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA) - One Health Commission

One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA)

One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA)

 

Networking Regionally to Prevent Future Pandemics

 

Description

 

A collaborative group of scientists and government agencies focused on the spread of emerging diseases among wildlife and human populations. OHASA focuses on an area encompassing the West Bengal region of India and its neighboring country, Bangladesh. The One Health Alliance of South Asia has outlined its mission within this border region of India and Bangladesh and aspires to expand this charter to other countries in South Asia. OHASA plans to foster the growth of a synergistic initiative across Bangladesh and India among both ministry officials and scientists and will target disease surveillance in the regions where zoonotic agents are most likely to emerge. Researchers will sample animal populations most likely to carry disease and will examine the activities that are most likely to cause these disease agents to spillover into people.

 

Purpose  

  

The One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA) aims to predict and prevent emerging infectious diseases on the Indian subcontinent, incorporating consideration of population growth and movement, food insecurity, public health threats and fragile ecosystems.

 

Scope

 

 Regional – South Asia.

 

Primary Funders

 

The Rockefeller Foundation.

 

Participants & Key Collaborators

 

EcoHealth Alliance. Present at the first inaugural meeting of OHASA were the Minister for Environment and Forests from the Government of India (Shri. Jairam Ramesh), the Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock from the Government of Bangladesh (Mr. Md. Sharful Islam), as well as leaders from academia, conservation and health NGOs, the health sector and wildlife departments from both countries.

 

Definition of One Health

 

The One Health perspective recognizes that the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems are linked and therefore requires experts from different health-related fields to work together to predict, prevent, and control zoonotic disease incidence.

 

Monitoring   & Evaluation Strategy

 

As required by funding agency guidelines.

 

Sources of Information

 

Website: http://www.ecohealthalliance.org/health/24-one_health_alliance_of_south_asia_ohasa

 

Contact

 

 William B. Karesh, D.V.M

Executive Vice President for Health and Policy, EcoHealth Alliance

karesh@ecohealthalliance.org     +1.212.380.4463

 

 

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