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Developing a Programmatic Understanding of Rabies

Rabies, has been classified as a neglected disease by WHO and is acknowledged as a priority disease by multiple national and international agencies, including PHFI/RCZI. However, despite the increased priority being accorded to rabies, a disconnect among research and policy persists, with policy makers being hesitant of introducing comprehensive rabies control strategies in India and across the world.
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RCZI Conducts Workshop on Research Prioritisation in Indonesia

As a follow-up to the South Africa workshop on research prioritisation, RCZI was invited to facilitate a joint international workshop on the setting of research priorities in zoonoses prevention and control at the Universitas Gadjah Mada. read more

RCZI, a Knowledge Partner at GB Pant University’s One Health Conference

Coinciding with the World Veterinarians’ Day, the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology College, Uttarakhand, organised a National Symposium on, “One Health Initiative to Foster Intersectoral Collaboration for Human and Animal Health” from April 26th - 28th. The symposium provided a platform for health professionals, social scientists and students of veterinary science to interact and share their experience on One Health.
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RCZI to Strengthen Field Building Leadership Initiative on EcoHealth

The Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) invited Dr. Manish Kakkar, Senior Public Health Specialist, Public Health Foundation of India and Member Secretary, RCZI, to the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Regional Core Group Members of the IDRC supported Field Building Leadership Initiative (FBLI) workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from 15th -19th February, 2016. Dr. Kakkar made a presentation on how PHFI/RCZI has taken steps to develop an EcoHealth network in India with developing partnerships in South Asia.
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RCZI Conducts Training Session at International School on One Health at GADVASU, Ludhiana

The School of Public Health and Zoonoses, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, (UofS) Canada,
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RCZI Invited to Conduct Workshop on Research Prioritisation in South Africa

The biggest challenge for those working in the area of zoonoses prevention and control is the absence of a coherent strategy that can precede the task of setting research priorities that are relevant to their setting. The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)/Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses in India (RCZI) Initiative successfully undertook this exercise in2011, sharing it with partners, governments and other stakeholders besides publishing its findings in PLoS ONE.
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Antimicrobial Use in Food Animals and Emergence of Drug Resistant Microbes: A Ticking Time-Bomb

Use of antimicrobials in livestock, especially to maintain health and promote growth, has been an under-appreciated issue. Estimates peg upto 80% of the America’s national antimicrobial consumption to their use in livestock. read more


Clinical One Health: Collaborative Consultations for Zoonotic Diseases

In recent years, the emergence of zoonotic infectious diseases as a public health concern has received ample media attention. Though the role of health professionals dealing with both animal and human health has been underlined by the One Health approach, there remains an implementation gap when it comes to clinical One Health approaches in dealing with zoonoses affecting humans and animals. Recent research shows that there is growing recognition of the need to unify functionaries in clinical settings as well.
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The Problem of Floods and Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease which is spread by pathogens belonging to the genus Leptospira. One of the recurrent themes that has been observed in India is the occurrence of deaths attributed to Leptospira outbreaks following floods and heavy rainfall. For example, almost 100 people were suspected to have succumbed to the disease following the 2005 floods in Mumbai
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Antimicrobial Use in Food Animals and Emergence of Drug Resistant Microbes: A Ticking Time-Bomb

Use of antimicrobials in livestock, especially to maintain health and promote growth, has been an under-appreciated issue. Estimates peg upto 80% of the America’s national antimicrobial consumption to their use in livestock. (1) The problem is expected to be of far greater intensity in countries which have a poorly regulated pharmaceutical sector, and where there is possibility of procuring antimicrobials as over-the-counter medicines.
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RCZI organises expert meeting to assess impact of rabies and its interventions

More than 50% of the global burden of rabies is shouldered by countries in the South Asia region where inspite of the longstanding nature of the problem and presence of effective intervention strategies for rabies control, rabies continues to remain a major public health challenge. Most countries in the region are yet to develop sustainable, population-level rabies control strategies, such as routine availability of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in humans, dog immunization and dog population control.
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Conceptual Framework for one Health Research

Based on an article published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Richard Coker and others describe the importance, and scope of the One Health research framework.  
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1st International One Health Congress

After having moved past the discussions relating to the semantics and disciplinary boundaries on the One Health concept, access more relevant and updated information.
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Government Announces National Policy for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance

The widespread irrational use of antimicrobials in the Indian health care system and its contribution to emerging drug resistance has often been voiced as a major cause of concern. Several reasons have been cited for this malaise that plagues human, veterinary and agriculture sectors in India. Some of these include regulatory gaps, inability to enforce the existing regulations, over the counter availability of antimicrobials, lack of awareness amongst prescribers and clients. Click here to read more...

One Health Collaborations in Tamil Nadu Rabies Control Initiative: Lessons for the Future

A recent assessment of rabies in Tamil Nadu conducted by RCZI demonstrated a model for intersectoral collaboration.
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Government announces national policy for containment of antimicrobial resistance

The widespread irrational use of antimicrobials in the Indian health care system and its contribution to emerging drug resistance has often been voiced as a major cause of concern. Several reasons have been cited for this growing concern that affects human, veterinary and agriculture sectors in India. Some of these include regulatory gaps, inability to enforce existing regulations, over the counter availability of antimicrobials, lack of awareness amongst prescribers and clients.  
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Making Zoonoses Prevention Part of the National Public Health Agenda

Zoonoses prevention and control programmes, in their present form, are examples of changing and expanding set of diseases that fall too often between the cracks of public health, environmental management, public safety and veterinary fields.Technical capacity constraints, lack of research-informed policy-making and irregular surveillance limit pandemic preparedness plans. Though efforts are underway through international organisations and others in the health community,  more needs to be done to combat what this global issue.
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People, Pathogens and Our Planet

A World Bank report on theOne Health approach outlines action points to overcome limitations of the present institutional structure while proposing innovative financing mechanisms.
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Leptospirosis in North India

Serious complications can affect the liver, kidneys, lungs and central nervous system. Greater vigilance is needed, especially during monsoons, according to a recent study.
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'One Health' Developments

The 'One Health' initiative has taken more than 30 years to evolve, emerging as a rich resource pool of countries, think tanks, medical professionals and policy makers who endorse its core philosophy of combating zoonoses through collaborative effort.
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