From April 24 to 26, 2023, the restitution and capitalization colloquium of the Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects One Health in Southeast Asia, "One Health in Practice in Southeast Asia, What's Next?" was held at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (USTH).

After two and a half years of operation, the FSPI One Health Projects in Southeast Asia will end on June 18, 2023. It will have financed and supervised sixteen research projects led by sixty researchers and twenty-two training courses involving more than five hundred people in Southeast Asia.

As the end of the fund approaches, this scientific symposium has brought together One Health experts in order to create a new regional group dynamic that will last beyond this end date. It allowed to meet one of the initial objectives of the Fund: to launch discussions between actors who were already working on One Health projects nationally, in order to strengthen the scope and interconnections between these existing projects at a regional level.

Discussions on environmental data acquisition in the context of the One Health Approach

© USTH

All of the project and training leaders funded by the FSPI One Health Projects in Southeast Asia were present, as well as stakeholders, citizens, community representatives, practitioners (doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, soil specialists), laboratory delegations, researchers, institutions, and local and regional decision makers.

Currently, the One Health approach (combination of Animal Health/Environmental Health/Human Health) is still too compartmentalized and this may hinder some collaborations between different actors, which are necessary for the success of this approach.

Organized through presentations and discussion groups, this symposium succeeded in pooling and sharing knowledge and data and in creating a regional community willing to collaborate beyond this FSPI, in particular by responding to major One Health calls for proposals (Prezode, Pandemics...).