The challenges of implementation of One Health/EcoHealth at project level


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Presented by Jeffrey Gilbert at the Technical Training and Planning Workshop on Cross-border Coordinated Response to Infectious Diseases, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 31 May 2011.

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The challenges of implementation of One Health/EcoHealth at project level

  1. 1. The challenges of implementation of One Health/EcoHealth at project level Jeffrey Gilbert, ILRI c/o CIAT-Asia, VientianePresented at a technical training and planning workshop on cross-border coordinated response to infectious diseases Chiang Mai , Thailand, 31 May 2011
  2. 2. EcoZD: Overview ‘EcoHealth Approaches to the Better Management of Zoonotic Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Southeast Asia Region’ Increase the knowledge, skills and capacity of research and infectious disease control personnel in Southeast Asia to understand the risks and impacts of Emerging Infectious Diseases and how feasible options can best be implemented and adapted; ‘Learning by Doing’ approach; (for JG also!) 4 years 2008 – 2012; extended by 18months to Aug 2013 6 countries in SEA region;  Cambodia, China (Yunnan), Laos, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Thailand One of IDRC’s EcoHealth initiatives in SE Asia: APAIR/APEIR, EcoEID, BECA, FBLI
  3. 3. EcoZD: ComponentsCountry Teams:Cambodia: zoonotic risks for acute dysenteryYunnan: Brucellosis & ToxoplasmosisIndonesia: Rabies - BaliLao PDR: pig zoonosesThai-Viet: hygiene in small-scale poultryslaughterhousesViet Nam: zoonoses priority rankingEcoHealth Resource Centres:Chiang Mai UniversityUniversity of Gadjah Mada
  4. 4. What language are we talking?Lingua franca  Eg Latin America/ EcoSalud  ‘Lost in translation’Biomedical v Social Sciences  Medics & Vets (clinical / lab / epi)  Quantitative v Qualitative (ranking, dual health burden)  Researchers, Decision Makers, CommunitiesNovel approaches to holistic integrated approaches  One Health  One Medicine  EcoHealth  Inexact / broad interpretation v H5N1Case studies & publications
  5. 5. EcoZD start-up issuesHuman ResourcesSupply & Demand  Language  Technical – including prop.writing/ meth/ analysis /paper  Market forces operatingIdentifying Champions (incl. to implement & to mentor)Level of counterparts (senior/junior)Scope of EcoZD‘Carte blanche’ v prescriptiveLearning by doingPriority zoonoses +/- EIDEcoHealth approach – new ‘paradigm’Two-dimensional capacity-building requirementGreek temple analogyEHRC concept
  6. 6. EcoZD: Some of the Solutions EHRCs: regional champions of the future – EcoHealth Centres of Excellence, academic buy-in, networking, regional capacity building; language; (challenge in technical support) Cambodia: champions identified, Govt senior level support China: silo syndrome, local expert to provide technical assistance, EH training materials in Chinese Indonesia: multiple champions, finding niche - focus on dog ecology, complementing other initiatives Lao PDR: pooling inputs/outputs with ACIAR project Thai-Viet: reduced to 2 countries, local experts identified to provide technical assistance, link to EHRC-CMU Viet Nam: 3 research contracts and individual priorities, difficulties deciding on priority, change approach/angle More time to do the research! – 18months no-cost extension Appreciate medium to LONG term aim; not a fix-all
  7. 7. International Livestock Research Institute Better lives through livestock Animal agriculture to reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation in developing countries e-mail: J.Gilbert@CGIAR.ORG