Asia-Pacific workshop on multisectoral collaboration for the prevention and control of zoonoses, Report of the meeting, 27-29 November 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal
AbstractIn recent years, progress has been made to further enhance collaboration between human health, animal health and relevant sectors such as wildlife, environment to share the best practices and innovative ideas to address zoonotic and other emerging and re-emerging diseases at the human, animal and ecosystem interfaces. The Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multisectoral collaboration for the prevention and control of zoonoses was organized by WHO in collaboration with FAO and OIE in Kathmandu, Nepal from 27 to 29 November, 2013. A total of 114 participants from 19 countries, representing the animal and human health, wildlife and environment sectors, academic institutions, donors and partners attended the workshop. This year 2013 was significant with the emergence of avian influenza (H7N9) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and escalating the outbreaks of avian influenza A(H5N1) in a number of Asian countries. Zoonotic influenza, rabies and antimicrobial resistance were priority issues discussed for multisectoral collaboration. Participants were actively involved in group discussions on live bird market management for surveillance, prevention and control of avian influenza. The workshop recommended partners and countries to strengthen and consolidate ongoing national efforts for cross-sectoral collaboration and to further enhance national and subnational mechanisms for information sharing, communication, joint risk assessment and response for zoonoses prevention and control. The workshop also recommended to develop and/or implement a comprehensive national strategy for rabies elimination and to advocate and support multi-sectoral national action plans for the prevention of antimicrobial resistance development.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2014). Asia-Pacific workshop on multisectoral collaboration for the prevention and control of zoonoses, Report of the meeting, 27-29 November 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204792