International Conference “One World, One Health” at Chitkara University, India

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International Conference “One World, One Health” at Chitkara University, India

The International Conference on ‘One World, One Health’ was organized as the concluding part of Prevent it project- Risk Management and Prevention of Antibiotics Resistance, co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union on the premises of Chitkara University, Punjab, India on December 06th and 07th, 2022. The aim of the conference was to provide a unique opportunity for students and researchers to understand the approach of ‘One Health’ along with the latest trends in Antibiotic Resistance risk management in India and Europe. The conference was attended by eminent speakers and delegates from varied disciplines of healthcare from India and Europe. This provided a platform for the participants to interact with field experts and thus inspired them to strive for better research outcomes.

Day 1

The opening remarks were given by H.E. Vincenzo De Luca, Ambassador, Embassy of Italy in India, Benoit Sauveroche, First counselor, Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan and Dr. Sonika Bakshi, Dean, Chitkara School of Health Sciences, Chitkara University, Punjab. Following the lamp lighting, cultural performances were organized that entertained the audience. Dr. Kiranjeet Kaur, PREVENT IT coordinator, Chitkara Spaak Centre for Multidisciplinary European Studies, Chitkara University, Punjab took over the stage and presented the achievements and results of the PREVENT IT project. Then the most awaited event, the launch of the ‘Indo-European One Health Association’ (OHA) took place. The launch was carried out by Prof. Dr. Sudhir Kumar Satpathy, President, OHA, and Dr. Sonika Bakshi in the presence of esteemed dignitaries. It was followed by a formal address from the President, OHA detailing the scope and future of the association. The afternoon was enriched by two scientific sessions including expert talks and panel discussions where eminent subject experts from India and abroad were involved.

Day 2

On the second day of the conference, the scientific sessions were organized into five separate tracks on five themes that happened simultaneously at five different venues. The sessions started with an expert talk on the theme, followed by selected paper presentations which were evaluated by an eminent panel of subject experts.  The sessions were enlightening for the students and researchers.

 The International Conference comprised of the following parallel tracks:

Track 1: Mechanisms of ABR (Antibiotic Resistance) acquisition and alternate strategies of control

Track 2: COVID-19 and ABR

Track 3: Impact of Antibiotic stewardship program

Track 4: Strategies to Prevent and Combat ABR

Track 5: One Health: Solution to ABR

In addition to scientific paper presentations, Rangoli and poster competitions were also organized.  Students participated in the competitions with high enthusiasm, vigour, and creative expressions detailing strategies to tackle AMR were portrayed in them. In the afternoon, an expert talk on ‘Antimicrobial resistance and One Health: What policymakers and citizens can do?’ by Dr. Maarten van Dongen, Founder, AMR Insights B.V, The Netherlands was organized. The session was held online, which was followed by an interactive session with the audience. It was followed by the valedictory function in which, the winners of the scientific paper presentations, rangoli, and poster competitions were felicitated with prizes and certificates.

The vote of thanks was delivered by Joana Camilo Lopes, Executive Director, Institute of Health Sciences, The Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal. Thus, the two-day-long conference with insightful conversations and illuminating sessions came to an end by instilling motivation and hope in sustaining our efforts in the fight against the menace of antibiotic resistance.

To access the agenda of the conference, please click here!