Network

RCZI seeks to promote the One Health agenda by means of promoting intersectoral collaborations across different levels. The RCZI Working Group consists of national experts from Veterinary, Agriculture, Public health and Wild life Science backgrounds. It is also a part of several national and international networks working on Zoonoses control and promotion of One Health approaches. Some of the networks RCZI is currently a part of include the following:

National Standing Committee on Zoonoses
Multisectoral committee of Government of India's Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment and Forests and their apex technical institutions. Additional representation includes academic and research organisations from the human and veterinary sciences and veterinary cadres of armed forces. A core group of the Standing Committee, comprises of ICMR, WHO, WII, IVRI and PHFI. They work towards effectively integrating zoonotic diseases into current surveillance mechanisms.

Connecting Health Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CHORDS)
CHORDS is a unique global forum for disease surveillance experts to interact with each other, in a community of practice, to strengthen capabilities to meet country requirements under the International Health Regulations using a One Health approach. RCZI is part of this network of regional surveillance networks comprising of PAHO, SEE, SACIDS, EAIDSNet, MECIDS, MBDS, EpiSouth*, APEIR and a number of development partners and organisations (WHO, OIE, Wildlife Trust, ProMed, NTI-GHSI, Global Health Corps, Ministry of Health ( Jordan, Pakistan, Laos, Thailand), University of Washington, Foundation Monrieux, The Rockefeller Foundation, The CDC Foundation, French Development Agency, Rand Corp, and IDRC.

ASEF Europe Network of Public Health
The Asia Europe Foundation Network of Public Health is implemented and managed by the Asia-Europe Foundation. The Network provides an ideal platform for enhanced collaboration on health related issues in Asia and Europe. It addresses the main challenges raised by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases having high pandemic potential and significant socio-economic impact/s. Current membership of the network includes member organisations from ASEM (Asia Europe Meeting) countries - Austria, ASEAN Secretariat, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam. RCZI is a recent entrant to the network.

Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, IFPRI
IFPRI aims at sustainably reducing poverty and ending hunger and malnutrition in developing nations through research-based policy solutions. Established in 1975, it works in over 50 countries. The research centre of the CGIAR Consortium promotes agricultural research focusing on ensuring sustainable food production, promoting healthy food systems, improving markets and trade, transforming agriculture, building resilience and strengthening institutions and governance. Research on gender is a special cross-cutting focus area for the institute. IFPRI leads two CGIAR Research Programmes on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIMs) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). For the A4NH programme, RCZI/PHFI is a strong partner in the planning and management committee. Its research outputs are designed in order to support agricultural researchers, programme implementers and policymakers to reshape actions they undertake in order to contribute to better nutrition and health outputs. For its recent South Asian consultation, IFPRI partnered with RCZI in May 2015.
Website: http://www.a4nh.cgiar.org/, http://www.ifpri.org/

Strategic Network Neglected Diseases and Zoonoses (SNNDZ)
As one of the projects within the Third Framework Agreement (FA3) between Belgian Directorate- General for Development Cooperation (DGD) and Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, SNNDZ aims to bring together available expertise on neglected infectious diseases and zoonoses. With the overall goal of the FA3 strategic networks being to optimise synergies and cooperation between ITM’s southern partners, SNNDZ works towards improving control and evidence-based priority setting within and beyond the network of ITM’s institutional partners. With the parent organisation, ITM, taking responsibility for a comprehensive programme that includes medical, veterinary and scientific training, research and capacity building, the agreement between DGD and ITM is till 2016 for the Third Framework Agreement. PHFI is one of the Asian partners in SNNDZ with other members from South Africa, Morocco, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Benin, DR Congo, Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Website: www.snndz.net

One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA)
Established in 2009 by EcoHealth Alliance, the One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA) works towards developing a cohesive network of inter-organisational and inter-governmental entities that aim to promote the concept of One Health. It works towards having better zoonotic diseases policies, promoting cooperation between local and government agencies, experts from different health domains that can help monitor and control the spread of infectious diseases across regions. As a first trans-national South Asian network which actively facilitates cooperation among different scientific and governmental agencies, OHASA works in member countries through meetings, workshops, research and information exchange to create and share  information on zoonoses in South Asia. OHASA has been over the years working towards developing a strong transnational network of scientists, policymakers from wildlife, livestock and human health representing Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. RCZI-PHFI was the principal organiser for the 2nd Regional Consultation that was held in August 2012 in Delhi.
Website: http://www.ecohealthalliance.org/programs/24-one_health_alliance_of_south_asia_ohasa

One Health Network- South Asia

Massey University, New Zealand planned to implement a two-phase programme for capacity building to strengthen responses to outbreaks of major zoonotic diseases in the South Asian region in the year 2010. The goal of this One Health Network- South Asia was to enhance in-country and regional capacity in epidemiology and bio security. With an idea to strengthen collaboration, resource exchange and communication between domestic animal health, public health and wildlife health professionals, the network facilitates development of effective surveillance activities, reducing risk of disease incursions. The network includes members from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Under the network, country specific hubs have been created for collaboration in country and across groups in South Asia. RCZI-PHFI is a member of the One Health India Hub, playing a strong role as facilitators of discussions. A National One Health Symposium was organised by PHFI in 2013 at New Delhi in collaboration with Massey University, New Zealand.
Website: http://www.onehealthnetwork.asia/

The RCZI initiative is actively promoting networking on different disciplines, institutions and sectors in a way that takes up the One Health agenda more strongly and effectively in the region. For more information click here