Implementing One Health as an integrated approach to health in Rwanda
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    RE: Implementing One Health as an integrated approach to health in Rwanda
    • Rahul Narang, Professor Microbiology Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Distt Wardha, Maharashtra state, India

    I read the article “Implementing One Health as an integrated approach to health in Rwanda” by Nyatanyi et al1 with great interest and wish to share our efforts on Implementation of One Health in a Rural Medical School following concept of Public Money Stewardship. We have been working on human health coupled with ecological studies for a long time; however, we started working on One Health after sanction of a project on zoonosis by a joint task force of Indian Council for Medical Research and Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICMR-ICAR) in 2015. The work is being carried out in project mode but we are working on various factors, as given below, so that we may give guidelines to the government for its implementation in programme mode, now preferably in a manner similar to that given in the study by Nyatanyi et al1.

    One health laboratory: We have created a facility harbouring a containment laboratory, a BSL-2 laboratory as well as separate laboratories for serology and molecular testing. Planning for this facility included assessment of workload and availability of space and funds. Since we had limited funds made available to us from public money, we designed the facility for optimum use and thus followed the concept of public money stewardship given by Mahatma Gandhi whose principles we follow in our Institute. We also wanted to make this laboratory to be environmentally conscious and thus used solar panels to power it in a hybrid manner.2 Total...

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