Bengaluru One Health City: Integrating human and animal health with surveillance and disease ecology in a global urban centre

One Health recognises the interconnectedness between environment, animal, and human health. To this end, TIGS is a leading partner in a transdisciplinary collaborative effort to propose and implement research, policy, and programmes at a local and regional scale in Karnataka. The goal is to build a Bengaluru One Health Platform – a network of practitioners and scientists who will evaluate the value of shared environment, biodiversity and livestock monitoring for pathogens in the changing milieu of a large and active Indian city. This network will engage with and inform policy makers, city planners and the health authorities which is critical for the smooth implementation of scientific knowledge. TIGS and NCBS have developed a comprehensive framework for developing the Bengaluru One Health City.

Establishing a sustainable innovation ecosystem requires a well-connected network of educational and research institutions, entrepreneurs, private enterprises, government agencies, investors and citizens/society. This need has led to the establishment of regional innovation clusters in many parts of the world, which bring together capital, expertise, and talent to foster technological breakthroughs that have tremendous impact on society. The state of Karnataka and the city of Bengaluru play a critical role in India’s economic growth, with their unique combination of a talented base of scientists and engineers, academic institutions, multi-national companies and a vibrant start-up ecosystem. The Bengaluru S&T (BeST) cluster envisions the establishment of a unique innovation culture that would strengthen this ecosystem, and further cement the region’s position as a global innovation powerhouse. The Bengaluru Science and Technology cluster (BeST) is now also formalized by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisors to the Government of India.

Coordinator: Farah Ishtiaq

National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru
Biome Trust
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru
Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Ashoka University, Sonipat
Indian Institite of Public Health (IIPH)
Molecular Solutions, Bengaluru
Echo Network, Bengaluru