On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, a working meeting took place at the headquarters of the “ONE HEALTH – New Medical Concept” Association in Bucharest, Romania (OHNMC), after the invitation received from Prof. Dr. Bernd Hallier, President of European Retail Academy, Germany, to join the recently created Thematic University Network for Research and Knowledge Penetration along the Total Supply Chain from farm to fork (TUN EQA). It is well-known that based on the preparations for the 200 years Anniversary of the University of Bonn, the two international networks EQA (Education Qualification Alliance) and ERA (European Retail Academy) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU, on October 8, 2017, at the world-leading Food Exhibition ANUGA in Cologne, Germany) to institutionalize this Thematic University Network conceived as an excellent platform for global dialogue. Vision and Mission of TUN were explained jointly by Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen, President of the International Center for Food Chain and Network Research (FoodNetCenter Bonn, founded in 2006 as interdisciplinary center of the University of Bonn, and having as main objectives: interdisciplinarity; contribution to university profile; outstanding research & development; Focus Groups: Food Waste, One Health, Responsible System Information) and Prof. Dr. Bernd Hallier (ERA). The MOU was signed by the Chairman of the Board of EQA, Christian Gruetters and Prof. Dr. Bernd Hallier for ERA.
The above mentioned working meeting that took place at the headquarters of OHNMC on November 7, 2017 has been attended by: the President of OHNMC, Prof. Emeritus H.C. Dr. H.C., Nicolae Manolescu, Correspondent Member of the Romanian Academy, Correspondent Member of the French Academy of Medicine (in 2013), Member of the Romanian Academy for Medical Sciences; Prof. Dr. Victor Purcarea, President of the National Organizing Committee of SANABUNA; Eng. Virgil Nadolu, Head of Bioeconomy & Management Department, OHNMC; Prof. Dr. Theodor Purcarea, President of the SANABUNA International Congresses. The discussions were lively, multilevel, and challenging, starting from the importance of both stewarding the evolution of a continuously learning health care system (being well-known that the continuous knowledge development, improvement, and application is the foundation for a learning health care system), and of engaging responsibly with a worldwide strategy for expanding inter-disciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment, and continuing with the real need of promoting the culture of this new approach.
It is worth remembering that the OHNMC – founded in May 2015 – has over 400 members, and has signed in May 2016 a collaboration agreement with the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM), Brussels, Belgium (FEAM includes 19 National Academies representing over 5000 top medical scientists in Europe, also closely collaborating with: Medical Research Organizations, Industry Trade Associations, European NGO focused on health, European Patients Groups, Industry). Some main projects can be mentioned: Implementation of the One Health Concept in three separate areas (One Health Post-graduate specialization for 10000 individuals; Screening for main pathologies – oncology, cardiovascular, diabetic, perinatal, zoonosis – on 10000 people across Romania; introducing the One Health Concept in Schools – Elementary, High-Schools, Universities – and disseminating through the media); Having established the One Health Excellence Center (in a letter sent on July this year FEAM recommended the development of such a center) that includes Universities, Research Institutes, Hospitals and independent specialists; Identification, Quantification, Survey and Alert for hazardous substances in the water of Danube Delta; also Identification, Quantification, Survey and Alert for zoonosis at the south border with Ukraine; One Health Postgraduate courses.
In June 2017, OHNMC has signed a partnership agreement with The University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Hungary, among the generous provisions of this agreement being also the organizing of the “One Health European Inter-regional Conference” (in 2018 at Bucharest, and in 2019 at Budapest) stipulated.
According to OHNMC, “One Health” must become an Objective of National Security, and within this context OHNMC could play a significant role as platform for this unique expertise and knowledge. Allow us also to underline that OHNMC edits the “International One Health Journal”, and has organized (under the auspices of FEAM) last year the “One Health European Interregional Conference” (Romania, Bucharest, 22-24 September 2016), and this year the “One Health National Conference” (26-28 June, 2017, Târgu-Mureş, Romania). What concerns the “One Health 2nd European Inter-regional Conference”, 5-8 September, 2018, Bucharest, Romania, it will be organized under the High Patronage of Romanian Government.