Dubai has taken the initiative to host the One Health Conference on 23rd and 24th June, 2023. The conference, chaired by Professor Yahia Chebloune, Director of Research and Director of Pathogenesis and Lentivirus Vaccination Laboratory (PAVAL) at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France, in a scientific partnership with the Sheikh Zayed Centre for Genetic Research, a subsidiary of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association, and organised by Best Health Consultations and Emirates Scholar Research Centre.
The conference will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence.
Recently, public health, animal health, plant health, and environmental quality have been integrated into the unified approach of One Health, which aims to address and study the links between all living organisms in a better and safer world. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the world recognised the significant importance of research and the efforts conducted by experts in this field. It is worth mentioning that the United Arab Emirates has taken the lead in supporting global initiatives accounted for 80 percent of the international response to affected countries. The UAE has contributed to control and eliminate epidemics and infectious diseases worldwide, providing financial and moral support to global efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.
Professor Yahia Chebloune, Director of Research and Director of Pathogenesis and Lentivirus Vaccination Laboratory (PAVAL) at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France, known internationally for his extensive work in infectious diseases and the development of vaccines to combat deadly viruses such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the causative agent of AIDS, stated that there is an urgent need for Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa to participate in the comprehensive health initiative and determine its implementation method. It is believed that the recent emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic provided evidence of the seriousness of infectious diseases that exist in animal reservoirs and the lack of preparedness due to weak global health globalisation.
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