“Promoting One Health through Microbiology Education, Research and Practice”
Naturally, humans and animals co-exist in the same environment. This has been used by microbes to their advantage as a big opportunity by infecting both, making the efforts to control and eradicate them harder. The One Health approach is defined by the CDC as a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach — working at the local, regional, national, and global levels — with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. Professionals from different fields of expertise have been working hand in hand to achieve the objectives of the One Health approach. They have seen its importance in food safety, control of different zoonoses and most especially, to address the current war regarding antibiotic resistance. As microbes are very much coordinated, antibiotic resistance can be transmitted from humans to animals and back and forth, making it harder, as mentioned earlier, to control and completely eradicate them.
The Philippine Society for Microbiology, Inc (PSM) recognizes this challenge to the scientific community and thus, for this year, the theme for its 48th Annual convention is “Promoting One Health through Microbiology Education, Research and Practice.” The two-day scientific meeting and convention aims to promote a multi-disciplinary sharing of breakthroughs, collaborative research and innovations directing to the One Health approach. The goal of the convention is to inform the Microbiology community with the latest scientific information and results that have been worked on by a pool of experts to monitor and control public health threats and to learn about how diseases spread among people, animals, and the environment.
This year, PSM has used the colors of the components of the One Health approach with the pink which signifies humans and the blue for the animals. The logo for the PSM 48 also signifies the use of the tripartite symbols of the main components; human, animal and the environment with the PSM logo at the middle to represent the Microbiology community and their role in this stratagem.
The Convention will be attended by members of related professional organizations, leaders in the industry, science teachers, microbiologists, professors and scientists and the enthusiasts in the field as well as graduate and undergraduate students from different universities in the Philippines.
PSM hopes that through this event, microbiologists will recognize their role in One Health’s goal.