Robert Salerno, a Global Health Practitioner for P&R, delivers the opening remarks for the session.
On January 29, 2018, USAID- funded projects P&R and PREDICT, co-developed a joint interactive panel on Operationalizing One Health: From Assessment to Action as a side event at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok, Thailand. A diverse set of panelists promoted One Health implementation by discussing One Health frameworks, capacity assessment and planning tools, and lessons learned in the implementation of One Health to address diseases, using country-specific examples.
“Global economic impacts of epidemics suggest high return on investment in prevention and One Health capacity,” said Franck Berthe, Senior Livestock Specialist at the World Bank, in the keynote address. “However, such investments remain limited.”
Berthe emphasized the importance of making a robust economic analysis of One Health, as other panelists and presenters discussed other tools for advocacy and implementation. The objective of the event was to help move country governments from assessments and planning of One Health activities to actionable next steps and more coordinated implementation.
“I was really pleased to see the participation and interest in the session,” said Robert Salerno, a Global Health practitioner on the P&R project, who delivered the event’s opening remarks. “I think there’s a lot of demand for the tools and resources countries need to implement One Health effectively, and the development partners and country governments here today are taking the lead in developing and delivering them. Our next step is to consider how we can harmonize our efforts, avoid duplication. As policy makers and implementers, we need to make One Health normative practice.”
P&R previewed a launch of their One Health Toolkit series, drawing on the project’s cross-regional learning during One Health implementation in 16 countries. The series outlines both a process and set of best practices for implementation of One Health activities.
The series is intended to guide the project team and other stakeholders in implementing One Health activities that demonstrably contribute to a more effective preparedness and response. The series will be launched on this web site, and in the community, in the coming months.
Global Health Practitioner
Robert Salerno is a global health and development practitioner with 15 years of experience working on complex development projects for... Read More