At the conference (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Coordination between domestic and foreign organisations will be promoted to reduce health risks posed by diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam made the statement at a conference in Hanoi on July 12, saying that it is part of the national One Health Strategic Plan, in the 2016-2020 period.

With supports from international organisations and partners, animal-to-human diseases will be slashed in the coming time, contributing to the regional and global efforts to fight the risks, Tam highlighted.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that changes in the environment have made emerging contagious diseases, especially animal-to-human diseases, become a major threat to people’s health, economy and politics-security stability of each nation.

The One Health Strategic Plan set out specific framework to enhance capacity of relevant agencies as well as help them employ “One health” principal in limiting the impacts of animal-to-human diseases. The plan will support the Vietnamese Government in preventing rabies, antibiotic resistance, and other diseases spreading from animals to humans.

The One Health concept is an initiative applying a coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to address potential or existing risks that originate at animal-human-ecosystems interface.

The concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of healthcare for humans, animals and environment. The One Health has been endorsed by the European Commission, the US Department of State, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the World Organisation for Animal Health and United Nations System Influenza Coordination as well as various non-governmental organisations.

In Vietnam, the One Health Strategic Plan drew the participation of 27 domestic and foreign agencies. - VNA