The 44th Council Meeting of the Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA) agreed to establish a One Health Office in Fukuoka, Japan, to serve as a hub to promote One Health in Japan, Asia, and the World.
On November 9, 2022, a memorandum of understanding was signed between FAVA and Fukuoka Prefecture to establish in Fukuoka City an office to promote activities for implementing the One Health approach in Asia and worldwide in response to the invitation by Fukuoka Prefecture and other organizations. From the time of signing until the end of March 2023, the first task will be to specify all necessary matters regarding functions, organisations, location, and equipment of the office.
The FAVA One Health Fukuoka Office will collect and share information on activities related to One Health in countries in Asia and Oceania and will cooperate in planning programs for FAVA and the national veterinary association. The office is also considering ways of collaboration with the United Nations Habitat Fukuoka Headquarters.
After signing the memorandum, the local governor who was in attendance said, “I have high hopes that the FAVA One Health Fukuoka Office will function as a leader of One Health activities, including measures against infectious diseases in Asia and around the world. Here in Fukuoka Prefecture, in cooperation with the FAVA One Health Fukuoka Office, we would like to contribute greatly to the promotion of One Health and make Fukuoka a leading global center for One Health.”
In addition, Dr Isao Kurauchi, President of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association and FAVA, stated, “We will proceed with preparations for the opening of the FAVA One Health Fukuoka office next year. We would like to increase awareness of One Health to Asia.”