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Intersectoral collaboration between the medical and veterinary professions in low-resource societies : the role of research and training institutions

Marcotty, Tanguy and Thys, Eric and Conrad, Patricia and Godfroid, Jacques and Craig, Philip and Zinsstag, Jakob and Meheus, Filip and Boukary, Abdou Razac and Badé, Mallam Abdou and Sahibi, Hamid and Filali, Hind and Hendrickx, Saskia and Pissang, Cyrille and Van Herp, Michel and van der Roost, Dirk and Thys, Séverine and Hendrickx, David and Claes, Marleen and Demeulenaere, Tine and van Mierlo, Joep and Dehoux, Jean-Paul and Boelaert, Marleen. (2013) Intersectoral collaboration between the medical and veterinary professions in low-resource societies : the role of research and training institutions. Comparative immunology, microbiology and infectious diseases : the international journal for medical and veterinary researchers and practitioners, Vol. 36, H. 3. pp. 233-239.

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Abstract

Neglected zoonoses continue to significantly affect human health in low-resource countries. A symposium was organised in Antwerp, Belgium, on 5 November 2010 to evaluate how intersectoral collaboration among educational and research institutions could improve the situation.; Brucellosis and echinococcosis were presented as models for intersectoral collaboration. Low-resource societies face evident knowledge gaps on disease distribution, transmission within and across species and impact on human and animal health, precluding the development of integrated control strategies.; While veterinarians have been the main driver of the One Health initiative, the medical profession does not seem to be fully aware of how veterinary science can contribute to human public health. It was postulated that transdisciplinarity could help fill knowledge gaps and that encouraging such transdisciplinarity should start with undergraduate students. Furthermore, intersectoral collaboration on zoonoses should not ignore the social sciences (e.g. assessment of indigenous knowledge and perception; participatory surveillance), which can contribute to a better understanding of the transmission of diseases and improve communities' participation in disease control activities.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Human and Animal Health > One Health (Zinsstag)
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Pergamon Press
ISSN:0147-9571
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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