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

Tanguy Marcotty, Eric Thys, Patricia A Conrad, Jacques Godfroid, Philip Craig, Jakob Zinsstag, Filip Meheus, Abdou Razac Boukary, Mallam Abdou Badé, Hamid Sahibi, Hind Filali, Saskia Hendrickx, Cyrille Pissang, Michel Van Herp, Dirk van der Roost, Séverine Thys, David Hendrickx, Marleen Claes, Tine Demeulenaere, Joep van MierloJean Paul Dehoux, Marleen Boelaert

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Abstract

Background: 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. Results: 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. Recommendations: 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-239
Number of pages7
JournalComparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Education
  • Intersectoral collaboration
  • Low-resource societies
  • Neglected zoonoses
  • One Health
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • veterinary(all)

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    Marcotty, T., Thys, E., Conrad, P. A., Godfroid, J., Craig, P., Zinsstag, J., Meheus, F., Boukary, A. R., Badé, M. A., Sahibi, H., Filali, H., Hendrickx, S., Pissang, C., Van Herp, M., van der Roost, D., Thys, S., Hendrickx, D., Claes, M., Demeulenaere, T., ... Boelaert, M. (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, 36(3), 233-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cimid.2012.10.009