Recognising the urgency and need for stronger coordination between sectors, the Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses Initiative (RCZI) in India was launched in March 2009, with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) as the national nodal agency. Core technical partners of the initiative include PHFI, University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University (NCSU) and RTI International.
RCZI engages experts from human and animal health, wildlife, vector bionomics, social and environmental sciences, and research, academic and implementation agencies in public, private and technical arenas in India. The initiative aims at specific outcomes for a system-wide collaboration for mutual benefit and measures that can complement and feed into mainstream systems. It explores newer paradigms and approaches to combat zoonotic infections with collaborative research and training programmes as an entry point.
The mission of RCZI is to identify specific outcomes that can be integrated into mainstream systems through innovative approaches that can help combat, prevent and control zoonotic infections. It aims to do this by integrating research and training in the area of human, animal and vector-borne illnesses; identifying partners and developing mechanisms and resources for multisectoral collaboration and initiatives; encouraging advocacy and communication strategies to raise awareness amongst different stakeholders involved in the transmission, prevention and control of zoonotic infections; conducting research and capacity building initiatives focused on the ‘One Health’ concept.
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