Focal Theme of 36th Kerala Science Congress –
Transforming Kerala’s Economy through One-Health Approach
The 36th Kerala Science Congress’s Focal Theme is “Transforming Kerala’s Economy through One Health Approach”. Kerala, known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage, aims for economic transformation through the One Health Approach. This holistic strategy recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health, holding potential to strengthen the economy via sustainable practices and innovation. By adopting this approach, Kerala can address issues like zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and food safety, improving public health and reducing the burden on healthcare. This fosters a healthier population and a more productive workforce, laying the foundation for economic growth. Additionally, the One Health Approach can open opportunities in biotechnology, agriculture, and tourism, promoting sustainable practices, producing disease-free food, and attracting eco-conscious tourists. To anticipate and prepare for a future warming world, Kerala will leverage the tools provided by modern science (e.g. genomics, AI, nanotechnology, remote sensing etc), and invest in cutting edge technology in order to protect animal and human health and boost the economy. This approach offers Kerala a roadmap for sustainable economic development, setting a model for regions pursuing similar development goals.