Workshop on

Zoonotic Disease Pandemic Preparedness for South Asia,
Using One Health Platform

March 13, 2017
Hotel Annapurna Kathmandu, Nepal

About Event

The emergence of SARS in 2003, the re-emergence of HPAI in 2004, outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV) and H7N9 influenza, and the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa, demonstrate the threat of emerging and re-emerging diseases. These events also highlight that the world is far from fully prepared for large-scale health emergencies. Coordinated global capacity and domestic capacity to prevent and reduce the likelihood of these events -- to detect health threats early, and to respond quickly and effectively -- is needed, but some countries lack the necessary health capacities. The goal of this activity is to improve pandemic preparedness in South Asia by demonstrating to key stakeholders the importance of pandemic preparedness, emerging disease research and a robust viral surveillance system through a workshop, fieldwork, and a tabletop exercise.

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Goal of the Workshop

The goal of the event is to bring experts, stakeholders and decision-makers together to share best practices of emerging zoonotic diseases pandemic preparedness; review support needed to develop zoonotic disease surveillance and research capacity; stimulate inter-country communications; encourage multi-disciplinary collaborations to expand One Health practices in the Region by demonstrating success of PREDICT Nepal.

  • March 13, 2017
  • Hotel Annapurna Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, USA, UK

  • Mr. Gagan Thapa (Health Minister of Nepal)
    Chief Guest for the event.

honorable speaker

Dr Mohan Papanna. MBBS, MD

Public Health Specialist (Lead-One Health)
Division of Global Health Protection‎
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
New Delhi, India

Dr Sithar Dorjee

Dr Sithar Dorjee
Regional Coordinator
One Health South Asia Program
International Development Group
Massey University-New Zealand

Rupa Sharma

Epidemiologist at CMDN

Dr. Pranav Pandit

Postdoctoral Scholar, EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics
One Health Institute, School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California Davis

Prof. Dr. I.P Dhakal

Vice Chancellor
Agriculture and Forestry University
Rampur, Chitwan

Dr. Jonathan H. Epstein

Vice President for Science and Outreach
EcoHealth Alliance
New York

Dr. Dhan Raj Ratala

Nepal Veterinary Association

Dr. Filip Claes

Regional Laboratory Coordinator
Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dr. Prejit

Assistant Professor and Officer- In- Charge
Centre for One Health Education, Advocacy, Research and Training
Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Pookode, Wayanad, Kerala, INDIA

Dr. Gretchen Kaufman

Cofounder and Assistant Director of VIEW
(Veterinary Initiative for Endangered Wildlife)

Dr. Abdul Ahad

Professor and Head
Department of Microbiology and Veterinary and Public Health
Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

Mr. Dibesh Karmacharya

Executive Director/ Chairman
Centre for Molecular Dynamics, Kathmandu Nepal.

Dr. Sameer Dixit, Msc (Hons)

PhD Founder Director -Public Health Research,
Centre for Molecular Dynamics, Kathmandu Nepal.

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