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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 153  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 281-286

Adopting an intersectoral One Health approach in India: Time for One Health Committees

1 Centre of Social Medicine & Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
2 Pathobiology and Population Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, London, United Kingdom
3 Centre for Universal Health, Chatham House, London, United Kingdom; Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
4 ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
5 Department of Pharmacology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rajib Dasgupta
Centre of Social Medicine & Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_537_21

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Following the several episodes of zoonotic disease outbreaks and the more recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian policy initiatives are committed to institutionalize One Health (OH) approaches and promote intersectoral, transdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation. The OH principle needs to be visualized beyond the scope of zoonoses. While conservation, ecological and veterinary professions are getting increasingly engaged with OH, most of the medical/clinical and social sciences professions are only peripherally aware of its nuances. The OH initiatives, by their essentially multidisciplinary nature, entail working across ministries and navigating tacit institutional hierarchies and allocating leadership roles. The logical operational step will be the constitution of One Health Committees (OHC) at the State and district levels. Here, we outline the key foundational principles of OHC and hope that the framework for implementation shall be deliberated through wider consultations and piloted and adopted in a phased manner.

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