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IEE Sweden: Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2013 - ´A World United Against Infectious Diseases: Cross-Sectoral Solutions’

From 28 January to 2 February, the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2013 on ‘A World United Against Infectious Diseases: Cross-Sectoral Solutions’ took place, attracting more than 900 participants from 73 countries from various sectors of society – including academics, embassies, government officials, NGOs, the private sector and UN agencies.

The conference was an enriching experience for all involved in the One Health Concept, including the participation of Infection, Ecology and Epidemiology (IEE). One Health is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.

The conference provided a great opportunity for networking with existing and new partners across different sectors. Some ways forward for One Health discussed at the conference included, considering drivers of disease emergency e.g. land use changes, climate variability, transport and trade, food systems and water safety; strategies tailored to specific needs; opportunities to strengthen regional networks; inclusion of more disciplines; a risk based approach to target investment and capacity building and; considering trust and transparency as crucial in cross-sectoral collaboration.

Originally posted on 14 March 2013

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