One Health Poultry Hub researchers joined the 700 delegates and scientists from a variety of disciplines attending the 10th One Health Bangladesh Conference held in Dhaka. This year’s conference theme was ‘One Health capacity building for health security’.
The event, held from 26 to 28 November, started with One Health Bangladesh’s Annual General Meeting and was followed by the conference’s inaugural session in which the Honorable Minister for Health and Family Welfare and the Honorable Minister for Agriculture from the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh participated. Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Hub co-investigator and Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Bangladesh gave the welcome address.
Professor Nitish Chandra Debnath, another co-investigator and a partner whose work is key in the Hub’s impact-related work, delivered a keynote presentation highlighting Bangladesh’s past and present situation regarding One Health and the scope of future capacity building for health security.
Over the next two days the Hub team took part in a variety of panel discussions and parallel sessions:
- Dr Guillaume Fournié moderated the panel discussion ‘Are we ready for combating emerging infectious diseases epidemics’, in which he highlighted the role of the One Health Poultry Hub.
- Professor Md Ahasanul Hoque, Hub National Coordinator for Bangladesh, co-chaired a session, ‘One Health research, practice, policy and governance for addressing infectious disease’.
- Dr Md. Giasuddin co-chaired a session,’Coordinated approach to ensure food safety and food security’.
- Professor Nitish Chandra Debnath was a panelist in the discussion ‘Inter-professional workforce development for achieving health security’, in which he pointed out that workforce development is not only for the veterinary sector but should include other sectors.
- Professor Paritosh Kumar Biswas presented on ‘Abundance of mobilized colistin resistance gene mcr-1 in genetically diverse commensal Escherichia coli in broiler chicken in Bangladesh’.
- Dr Tridip Das (CVASU) presented his research topic ‘Mobilized colistin resistance (mcr) genes and tetracycline resistance (tet) genes in multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli circulating in poultry, food and human sources’.
- Professor Raman Muthusamy presented on ‘Zoonotic disease dynamics in South India’.