The Master of Epidemiology Study Program at Diponegoro University (Undip) held a Visiting Professor Series on One Health Approach in Control Emerging Infectious Disease. This activity was held on Wednesday, (31/8) at 09.00 WIB in online format via the Zoom Meeting platform and Live Streaming on YouTube.

This event aims to provide knowledge and skills to students regarding the application of the One Health concept in the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases (EID) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), increasing the number of foreign lecturers and networking collaborations so as to improve Undip’s reputation abroad in order to gain international recognition.

One Health is a multi-sectoral collaborative effort, primarily concerning human, animal and environmental health, at local, national and global levels to achieve optimal health. The One Health principle is very important, especially in improving the global response in dealing with the threat of EID and the increasing number of AMR cases.

This event was attended by the Deputy Dean II of the Undip Postgraduate School, Prof. Dr. Hadiyanto, S.T., M.Sc., Prof. dr. Agus Soewandono, MPH. Dr. PH as a moderator and also invited the main speaker, Prof. Alfonso J. Rodriguez – Morales from the Institute Universitaria visión de las Américas, Colombia with material on “Strategies for Handling with Emerging Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases”.

In his speech, Prof. Dr. Hadiyanto, S.T., M.Sc. welcomed and supported this Visiting Professor Series event and expresses gratitude for the presence of Prof. Alfonso as a resource person with an extraordinary topic.

“I think the theme of this seminar is very relevant to current issues because One Health is the concept of combining or integrating humans, animals and the environment as well as ecosystems in one approach. Everything is connected and running together. This approach provides us with a useful framework for research as well as for addressing complex interactions between multi-disciplinary health challenges such as activators of antimicrobial resistance.” he said.

Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Hadiyanto hoped that this event can have a positive impact, especially in the fields of education and government, and not only beneficial for Undip students, but also for students at other universities.

In his material, Prof. Alfonso J. Rodriguez stated that One Health is the best approach to zoonotic diseases in a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary way to achieve optimal health by considering the connection between humans, animals and the surrounding environment.

“Accelerating the spread of zoonotic diseases requires an approach that involves the human, animal and environmental health sectors together to break the chain of spread as a whole.” he said. (Salsabil – PR)