India's first 'One Health' Consortium.

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On October 14, 2021, Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, virtually launched India's first 'One Health' Consortium.The newly formed group plans to monitor significant viral, bacterial, and parasitic illnesses in zoonotic and transboundary pathogens.

During his speech, Dr. Swarup stated that the 'One Health' Consortium, which is made up of 27 organisations and is coordinated by the DBT-National Institute of Biotechnology in Hyderabad, is one of the largest health programmes introduced by the Indian government in the post-COVID-19 era. 

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Who are the part of One Health Consortium ?

  • AIIMS, 
  • Delhi, AIIMS 
  • Jodhpur, IVRI, 
  • Bareilly, 
  • Ludhiana, 
  • Chennai,
  •  MAFSU, 
  • Nagpur, Assam agriculture and veterinary institution, and a slew of other I
  • CAR, ICMR, and wildlife organisations make up the consortium.

Why is the 'One Health' Consortium so important now?

At the time, the necessity for the 'One Heath' Consortium had grown. The threat of infectious pathogens that can cross species barriers has increased. Humans, animals, health systems, and economies all suffer as a result of such diseases, necessitating years of social and economic rehabilitation.ensing a pressing need, the Department of Biotechnology backed a 'One Health' mega collaboration.

Objectives of One Health' Consortium

  1. The One Health Consortium plans to conduct surveillance of important viral, bacterial, zoonotic, and transboundary pathogen infections across India, particularly the country's north-eastern region.
  2. The Department of Biotechnology's research will investigate the usage of existing diagnostic tests.
  3. According to the official announcement, the initiative will also be in charge of developing further surveillance and understanding approaches for emerging diseases.

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