COURSE-­WORKSHOP: “ONE HEALTH”

A RENEWED INTEGRATING APPROACH TO THE GROWING GLOBAL RISKS FOR HEALTH

In  honor  of  the  International  Day  for  Disaster  Reduction  (Oct 13th) and the International  Day  dedicated  to  “ONE  HEALTH” (Nov 3rd), a Courseworkshop  was  held  on  October  12­13,  2017,  at  the  Palacio de las Convenciones,  La Habana, Cuba.

The  theme  of  the  workshop  was “One Health”, a renewed  integrating  approach  to  the  growing global risks for health.25  participants  from  7  different  countries pursue the course.The Course-Workshop was developed with the attendance of more than ninety representatives of institutions belonging to the Ministries of Higher Education, Agriculture, Public Health, Food Industries, Science and Technology (Environment), among others sectors, including attendees coming from United States of America (8), Switzerland (1), Mexico (1), Colombia (1), Vietnam (1) and Cayman Island (3).

An  Introduction  of  Syndromic  Surveillance  was  presented  as  part  of  the  OH  CourseWorkshop, on October 16­-18 in  CENSA,­UNAH.  The  facilitators  were  John  Berezowski  and  Yandy Abreu, CENSA, currently  at  Fellow  the  Veterinary  Public  Health  Institute,  University  of  Bern, Bern Switzerland.

Dr. Tito Díaz, General Director of FAO for Central America  and Caribbean presented his conference about One Health  and  the  Sustainable  Development  Objectives  during  the  opening. The general program included the presentations  of seventeen speakers, distributed into different sessions:  Academy  role  in  the  “One  Health”;  Strategy  Pre  and  Postgraduate education; Food safety and health prevention  in the food production chain; The antimicrobial resistance; a  multisectoral challenge through the One Health approach;  The  zoonoses  and  its  integrative  approach  from  the  communities;  Health  and  environment;  and  Climate  change.  The  main  results  reached  by  the  Project  “One  Health,  One  Love,  One  Caribbean”  were  presented  with  one poster and eighth other posters were presented. In the  frame  of  these  activities,  the  constitution  of  Cuban  One  Health Chair, promoted by the Veterinary Medicine Faculty  of  University  of  Agriculture  of  Havana  (UNAH)  and  the  National Center of Animal and Plant Health (CENSA) was  announced.

Following  exchanges  with  the  joining  specialists  of  different  countries,  the  relevance  of  maintaining  a  cooperation focused into One Health strategy in order to  confront the main objectives identified for different Cuban  sectors was highlighted during the closing session.

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