Her Excellency the Sowai Lyonpo and His Excellency the Sanam Lyonpo inaugurates the Bhutan One Health Secretariat Office at Royal Center for Disease Control (RCDC) earlier this morning coinciding with ‘Global One Health Day’ to institutionalize, mainstream, and strengthen One Health (OH) capacity building and coordination of the OH activities in the country. Every year, 3rd November is celebrated as the Global One Health Day, a global campaign that celebrates and brings attention to the need for a One Health approach to address shared health threats at the human-animal-environment interface. Hence, the One Health approach provides an opportunity to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate among partners working in animal, human, and environmental health as well as other relevant partners who are an essential part of the One Health where working together allows us to have the biggest impact on improving health for people, animals, and our environment, and preventing future pandemic like COVID-19.

On this day all the key stakeholders in the country, namely the Ministry of Health (Department of Public Health and Department of Medical Services), Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Livestock, BAFRA, Division of Wildlife Conservation), National Environment Commission, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences (KGUMSB), Royal University of Bhutan (College of Natural Resources), Drug Regulatory Authority of Bhutan (DRA) and Department of Disaster Management (DDM), have come together to celebrate another major milestone which is the establishment of the Bhutan One Health Secretariat office at Royal Center for Disease Control (RCDC).

This milestone aspires to further strengthen collaboration amongst the stakeholders to facilitate the effective coordination during the outbreak response, surveillance, information sharing, and risk mitigation actions to the emerging and re-emerging infectious and zoonotic threats, and including AMR activities in the country.