On July 12 -13, 2017, the newly established One Health Secretariat in Bangladesh organized a One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Workshop with support from USAID-funded P&R and the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The OH workshop held in Dhaka and was attended by over 30 participants, including 13 voting members from One Health partner ministries and expert observers from universities, research institutes, and UN organizations.
During the two-day workshop, CDC representatives trained a group of local facilitators from the public health, animal health, wildlife sectors on key identification methods. After intense literature reviews and consultations with experts and OH partners, a primary list of over 40 zoonotic diseases were identified using CDC’s One Health prioritization tool. The diseases were subsequently then ranked using a CDC developed software. Voting members further refined the diseases and selected six-priority zoonotic diseases specific to the country’s context. Rabies, zoonotic influenza, anthrax, zoonotic tuberculosis, nipah virus, and brucellosis were identified as the priority zoonotic diseases in Bangladesh.
Stakeholders and participants concluded the intensive workshop by identifying areas for multisectoral engagement in developing control and prevention strategies for the priority zoonotic diseases. A final report will be prepared and submitted for official endorsement by the ministries in Bangladesh
Dr. Abul Kalam
One Health Technical Advisor, Bangladesh
Dr. Abul Kalam, P&R’s National One Health Technical Advisor in Bangladesh, joins the project after working with the U.N. Food... Read More