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How WHO’s “One Health” Program Can Help India Tackle Monkeypox

How WHO’s “One Health” Program Can Help India Tackle Monkeypox

However, implementing the One Health approach is challenging because most countries have separate disease surveillance programs pertaining to infections in plants, animals, and humans.A prerequisite for the program is an effective and robust disease surveillance system, which India does not have at the moment for both humans and animals.For the former, the MOHFW has set up an Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) under the NCDC.In addition, the ministry also runs several other disease surveillance programs that sometimes gather data for the same disease with different case definitions and little to no coordination.

Moreover, all disease surveillance programs only mandate a few institutions, mostly government-affiliated, to report disease outbreaks.Overall, multiple disease surveillance programs set up under different ministries sometimes work in silos and collect data for the same disease with different parameters.

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