24 March 2023 at 14:00-16:00
Location: R101, Franklin Building, City, University of London
Recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment is essential if we are to ensure optimal health and wellbeing outcomes for all.
The 'One Health' approach does exactly this and is based on principles of collaboration and requires multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approaches to problem solving at local, regional, national, and global levels. In this first international symposium at City, we will discuss the practice, research, and capacity building needs related to One Health. Our experts from Asia, Africa, and Europe will share examples of good practice as well as challenges.
The networking session will allow time to extend discussions, foster new teaching and research collaborations at City and beyond.
Join our vibrant community of students and staff from SHPS postgraduate programmes, the Master of Public Health, MSc in Health Management, MSc in Food Policy to enhance understanding of the current focus and future direction of One Health.
Speaker 1: Professor Agus Suwandono – Indonesia
Professor Suwandono is the Director of Indonesia One Health University Network (INDOHUN) and a member of South-East Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN). He is a Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology and University of Diponegoro in Indonesia. He was also a member of the expert team for the National Task Force of Avian Influenza and Pandemic Preparedness (2005-2010) and the National Task Force of Zoonosis (2011-2017). Professor Suwandono will share policies, practices, and capacity building of One health in South East Asia.
Speaker 2: Dr Mirfin Mpundu – Africa – global
Dr Mpundu is the Director of ReAct Africa and member of ReAct’s Global leadership team. He provides countries with technical assistance on National Action Plans to address Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and works closely with the Tripartite organizations and Regional Economic Communities. His international advisory appointments are at the Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug-Resistant Infections Consortium (SEDRIC) Board at Wellcome Trust, the Newton AMR Drug Discovery Programme, and the International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions. He is an honorary fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Dr Mpundu will discuss case studies of success and persistent challenges in addressing Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Africa and the potential of the One Health approach.
Speaker 3: Dr Helen Roberts – UK – global
Dr Roberts is a G7 advisor in exotic disease control at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the UK. She is the policy lead for non-livestock diseases, risk and science at DEFRA. Her works include how policymakers can integrate One Health evidence and principles into pandemic prevention and response strategies. She will discuss zoonosis and risk surveillance in the UK and how it is linked with low- and middle-income countries especially in the Asia and Africa regions.
City student speakers – UK – global
Our future leaders in the One Health field will include Luke O'Neill, a PhD student evaluating the cost-effectiveness of One Health vaccination strategies and Lorna Benton, an MSc student, researching One Health and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) globally.