Recent years have seen Southeast Asia and South Asia being identified as a hotspot for infectious disease emergence. Complex interactions between human-animal-environment agencies added to population explosion, intensification of agriculture, weak systems and poor implementation frameworks have contributed to this scenario. Independent evaluations reveal lack of preparedness in the overall public health system that is largely due to the lack of capacity at both individual and institutional levels.
One Health Research for zoonoses, ecosystems and emerging public health risks
Animal, wildlife, veterinary and environment experts have been pressing for each sector to move out of their silos and converge to address the complexities that define this interface. One Health (OH) and EcoHealth with their multisectoral approach provide an ideal platform to identify and prepare these sectors to nullify some of the risk drivers. To make OH approaches more locally relevant, sustainable, and organic, development of local capacities is essential.