The health of humans and animals is interlinked and majority of emerging, re-emerging, and endemic human diseases have their origins in animals, and diseases of animals can have additional implications for human health through food safety and food security. More than 60% known human pathogens originate from animals and about 75% emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in nature. Therefore, there is a shared responsibility and synergic potential for collaboration between public and animal health sectors in the efforts to combat zoonotic diseases.
The Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests are jointly organizing National IHR-PVS Bridging Workshop from 13 to 15 March 2017 in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) at Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro. The main objective of the National Bridging Workshop is to provide opportunity for both human and animal health services to review current collaboration gaps in key technical areas and to develop a joint road-map of corrective measures and strategic investments to improve the work at the animal-human interface in the prevention, detection and control of zoonotic diseases.
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