October 31, 2016

Global “One Health Day” at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

Global "One Health Day" at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

Three leading international One Health groups, the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, and the One Health Platform Foundation are partnering to create a global “One Health Day”.

The goal of One Health Day is to bring attention around the world to the need for One Health interactions and for the world to ‘see them in action’. The One Health Day campaign is designed to engage as many individuals as possible from as many arenas as possible in One Health education and awareness events, and to generate an inspiring array of projects worldwide (https://www.onehealthcommission.org/en/eventscalendar/one_health_day/).

To mark the Day at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Chittagong, Bangladesh, our One Health Day Conference aims to bring together professionals working in Bangladesh (particularly in greater Chittagong) on diverse fields of human health, animal health and eco-health to share ongoing research activities on zoonotic diseases and explore their OH-potentials and to have OH professionals’ views to possible frame-work of a graduate program in One Health expected to be offered from the One Health Institute (OHI) at CVASU.

In addition to a ceremonial inauguration of the Day, some key dignitaries as Special Guests will share their thoughts on the needs for OH Research and Education. The program has been designed to promote collaboration and networking on One Health Research and Education among the local and country-based partners who might contribute significantly to the development of the recently introduced OHI at CVASU, the 1st institute of such kind in Bangladesh and also in South Asia.

The Vice-Chancellor of CVASU Professor Dr Goutam Buddha Das has given his kind consent to be present at the Conference as the Chief Guest. Among others, representatives from FAO, Department of Livestock Services (DLS) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MoFL), Department of Forests (DF) of the Ministry of the Environment and Forests (MoEF), One Health Bangladesh Initiative, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Bangladesh, International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease (BITID), Chittagong University, University of Science and Technology (USTC), Asian University for Women, Port City International University, Chittagong , Chittagong Medical College, Chattagram Maa-O-Hospital Medical College, Chittagong Nursing College are expected to attend.

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Professor Dr. Nitish C. Debnath, One Health Coordinator at FAO ECTAD, Bangladesh. He is one of the three cofounders of One Health Initiative Bangladesh and the founder Vice-Chancellor of CVASU. 

There will be  two scientific sessions in the program : i) research activities on zoonotic diseases and One Health promotional thoughts and plans will be presented from different institutions, ii) A work-shop will be held to share professional opinions and views on possible structure of a graduate program in One Health.

Journalists of major mass media working in Chittagong will be invited to attend the program and a press release will be made at the end of the program.