Erd and Mercy rally around issues and challenges – Mattin Lieber

Erd and Mercy rally around issues and challenges – Mattin Lieber

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The Research Institute for Development (IRd) in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation (Mesrsi), organized Thursday, February 23, 2023, the first issue of Café de la science for the year 2023 on the “One Health” concept. A team of specialists discussed the issues and challenges of the concept.. .

This scientific meeting took place at the French Institute in Cotonou. “One Health: Issues and Challenges,” that is the topic around which the exchanges took place. All aspects of the topic have been covered by experts. According to IRED representative, Nikisi Ndam, it is about focusing on current and future problems with the aim of improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable population. “The One Health Union is for me the foundation on which I build my project here in Benin… This science café takes its full meaning to carry our common aspiration,” he said. In his speech, Dr. Surakato Salifu, National Director of Public Health, noted that the One Health approach arose after the recorded events particularly the circulation of infectious agents with the potential to cause human health emergencies. or even an epidemic. “We also have increasing health emergencies that were not man-made to begin with. He explained before appreciating that vaccination and curative care are not the only means of preventing health problems. According to him, health is not only limited to vaccination and curative care, but also to the determinants associated with the living environment and food.He also acknowledges that the United Nations is beginning to recognize the need to rethink that health is ultimately the confluence of interaction between human health, the environment and animal health.For Dr. Surcato Salifu, the first goal of this approach is to take an inventory of stakeholders at the national and regional levels, and then Creating a space for dialogue between all those non-stakeholders.This, in order to improve visibility and define research activities in this field, convergence of needs and associated challenges.For his part, Dr. Sylvester Djajon, Research Professor at the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC) lamented He then suggested breaking down barriers and revitalizing platforms in order to integrate all stakeholders in the approach taken in Benin, says Victorine Dugnon, research professor at the University of Oklahoma. What, the gap between researchers and the Ministry of Health is a limit to generalization and the achievement of goals. And to Redisse Project Coordinator, Fidélia Sessou Hinsou for recognizing that there is an institutional role to be played in order to create a dynamism around the approach.

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