Conference “ONE HEALTH: Social Dimension”: Results

February 22, 2023
Veterinary Medicine Department NULES

 On November 16, 2022, the International Conference "One Health: Social Dimension" took place. The event was held in the framework of  European Union Erasmus+   Jean Monnet project - "Integration of EU One Health Policy and Principles in Ukraine" (101048229 — EU4OH — ERASMUS- JMO-2021-HEI-TCH-RSCH)".

This event took place taking into account the nowdays challenges and thanks to the appropriate development strategy of the University regarding the possibility of distance learning, which was implemented in previous years, and the appropriate support of the University and faculty of veterinary medicine administration, namely the rector Stanislav Nikolayenko, the vice-rector for scientific and pedagogical work, international activities and of development Vadym Tkachuk, director of the National Center for International Activities Oleksandr Labenko, head of the National Center for National Development Volodymyr Otchenashko, dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Mykola Tsvilikhovskyi. Special thanks to Olena Glazunova, Dean of the Faculty of Information Technologies, and Professor Olena Kuzminska for technical, informational and consulting support for this event, which was implemented using the corporate Zoom account.

In addition to representatives of the National University of Bioresources and Nature Management of Ukraine, a representative of the World Organization for Animal Health (Paris, France), international and national experts on unified health and food safety, in particular, the WHO Office in Ukraine, took part in the work of the International Conference. , Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), University of Alaska in Anchorage, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety of the University of Minnesota, KhNU named after V. N. Karazin, the State Institute of Serological Research in Denmark in Copenhagen, the EU Project on One Health, the Institute of One Health of Colorado State University, the Ukrainian Laboratory of Quality and Safety of Agricultural Products, research institutes and higher educational institutions of Ukraine. In total, more than 170 people became listeners of the event.
The Agenda of the conference included two sections.
During the work of the first section "Paradigm of Unified Health: challenges and opportunities for education and practice in Ukraine", the project "Integration of EU One Health Policy and Principles in Ukraine" was presented to the participants, which began to be implemented at the University in February 2022. The main areas of its activity and the results of the first stage of work were presented by the project coordinator Maria Galaburda.
Olga Yakubchak, doctor of vet, shared with the participants of the conference how the competences from the Unified Health are integrated into the training program for veterinary medicine doctors of the National Institute of Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine. Sciences, professor of the Department of Veterinary Hygiene named after A.K. Skorokhodka, NUBiP of Ukraine.
Professor Ihor Yakymenko, Doctor of Biology, Head of the Department of Environmental Safety and Occupational Health, National University of Food Technologies, coordinator of the Jean Monnet JM ECO and EUforUA projects, reported on the application of the sustainable development strategy for the One Health approach.
Project expert, doctor of veterinary science, professor of the department of pharmacology, parasitology and tropical veterinary medicine, coordinator of international programs of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the NUBiP of Ukraine, Maryna Galat, reported on the application of One Health practices as a component of the training of students of the third educational level - PhD.
About the problem of antimicrobial resistance in livestock and poultry farming and pharmacology, parasitology and tropical veterinary science, NUBiP of Ukraine Vadym Ishchenko. The listeners had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the results of research conducted by ULYAB APC on the study of resistance to various groups of antimicrobial drugs E.coli and Staphylococcus ssp., isolated from food products.
National coordinator for conducting research of the FAO of the United Nations, expert on the health of farm animals and transboundary diseases of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO of the United Nations), doctor of veterinary medicine Oleksandr Revnivtsev highlighted the results of the activities of the FAO in Ukraine to guarantee food security and ensure health and animals, in particular, since the outbreak of war, FAO has developed and updated its Rapid Response Plan to support rural people through agricultural assistance and food security for those most affected by the war.
Colleagues from the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology named after Academician O.M. Lukyanova National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Medicine, Head of the Department of Medico-Psychosocial Problems of Family Health Nataliya Gorban and Doctor of Medical Sciences, General Practitioner, Researcher of the same department Oleksandr Lutsenko told the participants about the institution's activities to ensure public health and the study and assessment of risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases related to lifestyle and presented a developed tool for screening medical and social risk factors for the development of civilization diseases.
During the work of the second section of the conference, which was moderated by Valeria Yustinyuk, Marina Galat, Pikka Yokelainen, Maria Galaburda, international approaches, practices and current research in the field of Unified Health were considered. Foreign guests from the United States of America, France, Germany, Denmark took part in the work of the section.
Associate Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Alaska in Anchorage, USA, Eric Borts, who is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Veterinary Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, presented the results of comparative studies of the genome of ASFV viruses, circovirus infection type 2 complicated by accompanying infection, which were obtained in the USA and Ukraine in a report on the topic: "Advantages of genome sequencing of swine viruses in Ukraine: ASF, PCV2 and co-infections".
  The audience had the opportunity to learn about WHO's activities in Ukraine to implement the One Health approach from the report "One Health in Ukraine: Interaction, Building Bridges" by Olena Kuryata, consultant on One Health of the WHO Office in Ukraine.
The report "One health, snake gut microbiomes, outbreaks of fungal panzoonoses and the future of bioprotection when working in field conditions", which was presented by Oleksandr Zinenko, candidate of biological sciences, leading researcher of the Museum of Nature, associate professor of the department of mycology and phytoimmunology, KhNU . V. N. Karazina aroused considerable interest among the conference participants, as she highlighted the peculiarities of studying aspects of wild fauna, which are an integral component of the Unified Health.
Claire Tucker, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Institute of Unified Health, spoke about the experience of introducing interprofessional education, when there is an exchange of skills between doctors and veterinarians.
  The report by Pikka Yokelainen, head of the Danish State Institute for Serological Research in Copenhagen, was extremely interesting and useful for the participants, who is also one of the coordinators and participants of the large European program One Health EJP, which unites 44 partners, including research institutions, universities and laboratories performing research in the field of Unified Health, and shared the experience of the project on the implementation of the results of scientific research and their impact on the formation of EU policy in this field.
The main aspects of the new document "Joint Action Plan for Unified Health (2022-2026)" and presented the directions of activity of the Ukrainian Laboratory of Quality and Safety of APC were presented by the head of the research department of molecular and biological research of ULYAB APC, candidate of veterinary sciences Lyudmila Ishchenko.
Kaushi Kanankege, a researcher at the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota, told the event participants how spatial analysis is used in One Health scenarios using the example of studying zoonoses.
Valentyna Sharandak, Candidate of Veterinary Sciences, Commissioner of the WHO Capacity Building Department, reported on the Role of the World Organization for Animal Health in Global Health Management and Capacity Building of Veterinary Services for One Health.
At the end of the event, there was a lively discussion about the possibilities of further cooperation and interaction within the framework of the introduction of the One Health approach in veterinary education.
  Project coordinator
Maria Galaburda
For reference:
The international conference within the framework of the Jean Monnet module "Integration of policies and foundations of the EU Unified Health in Ukraine" aimed to:
• to provide up-to-date and objective information about international and European policy and directions of research on Unified Health;
• create analytical and research potential in the field of Unified Health in Ukraine;
• establish a network of cooperation with institutions of various profiles to consider the European Single Health policy as a multidisciplinary research that will contribute to innovations in education and science;


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