Prof Arif Satria Inaugurates Global Health Agromaritim-One Health Collaborating Center (GHA-OHCC)

The Rector of IPB University, Prof. Arif Satria, inaugurated the Global Health Agromaritim-One Health Collaborating Center (GHA-OHCC) IPB University. The inauguration of the GHA-OHCC was held at the IPB International Convention Center, Bogor, (25/1).
The GHA-OHCC is directly escorted by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science (SKHB) IPB University in collaboration with the Indonesia One Health University Network (Indohun). Therefore, in this event a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between IPB University and Indohun.
Prof Arif said that GHA-OHCC is a research center that integrates the world of human health with animals and the environment. The hope is that the existence of the GHA-OHCC can anticipate various problems, such as the emergence of communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, climate change and others that will have a significant impact on humanity and the surrounding ecosystem.
"The existence of GHA-OHCC IPB University is expected to be able to solve problems from various factors collaboratively. This can be an answer to the deadlock on health problems in Indonesia. Experts from SKHB are also very encouraging for the formation of the Faculty of Medicine IPB University. This is because of the one health concept, namely Human, animal and environmental health is a very important unit," he said.
Meanwhile, Prof Agus Soewandono, MPH, DrPH, a representative from Indohun said that with this collaboration it is hoped that there will be more workers in the health sector, especially in dealing with non-natural disasters. As in dealing with emerging infectious diseases.
“Until now there are still many viruses that have not been widely studied and known. So that with the GHA-OHCC IPB University, there will be health workers in the future who will work across sectors and get even better," he said.
Appreciation for the inauguration of GHA-OHCC IPB University was conveyed by Prof. Tjitjik Srie Tjahjandarie, Plt of Secretariat of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemendikbud Ristek).
She conveyed that GHA-OHCC IPB University was the sixth research center to be formed in Indonesia. Previously, OHCC had been formed at five universities, namely Airlangga University, Gadjah Mada University, Udayana University, Syiah Kuala University, Cendrawasih University.
"With the addition of OHCC at IPB University, this will be able to broaden the understanding of one health in Indonesia. In addition, understanding (one health) will be more even and deep in facing challenges in several sectors. Such as increasing infectious diseases, diseases from animals to humans and the environment So it is important to carry out cross-sector collaboration," she said.

According to her, Indohun and IPB University have great potential regarding one health research. IPB University has many faculties, schools and study programs related to human and environmental health.
Prof Deni Noviana, Dean of SKHB IPB University added regarding several GHA-OHCC agendas. Among them will be forming one health student clubs and coordinating various types of research related to one health.
"By standing GHA-OHCC, IPB University will contribute more to one health," he added. (dh/Zul)

Published Date : 25-Jan-2023

Resource Person : Prof Arif Satria, Prof Deni Noviana

Keyword : IPB University, SKHB, Indohun, One Health, GHA-OHCC