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, organised an International School on One Health from 9th to 15th February, 2016. The theme for the week-long seminar was, "A Team Science Approach for Protection of Animal, Human and Animal Interface".

The event was organised under the Integrated Training Programme in Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Public Policy (ITraP) funded by NSERC, Canada, GADVASU and Freie University, (FU) Germany with support from national agencies like PHFI, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana (DMCH). About twenty five scientists and post graduate students from Canada, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Australia attended the workshop along with about 100 researchers and faculty members from India. A team from the Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses in India (RCZI) Initiative was invited as expert speakers at the training session.

Dr. Pranab Chatterjee, Senior Research Associate, Infectious Diseases spoke on “Systematic Research Prioritisation: A Strategy to Meet International, National and Sub-National Challenges” Apart from elaborating on the cutting edge research being done by RCZI, he familiarised the group with the methodology pursued for setting research priorities, focusing on different steps and rationale for adopting these. He drew attention to RCZI’s experience of deploying the methodology in the international network (7 countries, through SNNDZ network, including a recent training workshop in South Africa in August 2015); a follow up meeting for result analysis and discussion scheduled for Indonesia in March, 2016); national network (under the mandate of the PeriMILK project) and sub-national level (in collaboration with the KIIT School of Public Health, Bhubaneswar.

Mr. Abhimanyu Singh Chauhan, Qualitative Researcher with RCZI, spoke on “Veterinary Research Response in the Face of Emerging Infectious Disease Challenges: Role of Qualitative Research Methods in One Health”. He introduced the basic tenets and methods of qualitative studies, and with the help of an example of Chagas disease, showed how, despite adequate quantitative evidence base, for proper One Health interventions to be designed and deployed, there needs to be integration of qualitative methods as well.

The residential week-long programme provided opportunity to the RCZI team to interact with students of the Public Health Department of GADVASU and students and professors from various international universities in Canada and elsewhere. RCZI was also part of an informal open panel discussion which took up details of the PERIMILK project while generating sustainable interest in research in zoonoses and Emerging Infectious Diseases through the Research Capacity Building Programme launched recently by RCZI .