The Lancet One Health Commission

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Image may contain: Plate.It is with great sadness that we share that Dr. Ricardo Thompson passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Dr. Thompson was a dedicated parasitologist and a neglected tropical disease expert, who served the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health in Mozambique in multiple instrumental and leadership capacities over the years. He was a dear colleague whose time with us and in our commission has been deeply valued. Dr. Thompson is survived by his wife and two children. Our thoughts are with them. May Dr. Ricardo Thompson rest in peace.


What is One Health?

The One Health concept recognizes the complex interconnectedness and interdependence of humans, animals, and the environment that we share. The One Health approach aims to demonstrate the synergistic benefit of closer cooperation between the human, animal, and environmental health sciences, as well as the importance of dismantling disciplinary and professional silos. This work is vital for ensuring a sustainably reconnected approach to defending and enhancing the health of humans, animals, and our shared environment.

Read more: The One Health concept

What shall The Lancet One Health Commission Achieve?

The ambition of The Lancet One Health Commission is to offer a recalibrated understanding of the ways in which contemporary global health challenges are implicated within the complex interconnectedness of humans, animals, and our shared environment, and to provide an approach for harnessing this knowledge to ensure a sustainably healthy future. The Commission’s work will explicate the significance of a One Health approach for policy by engaging transdisciplinary expertise and perspectives from both the public and private sectors. Attention will be directed to infectious diseases, AMR, and non-communicable diseases—the latter of which have often been left out of the discourse on One Health.

Read more: Objectives of The Lancet One Health Commission

Why is this important for UiO?

As a leading player within education and research, The Lancet One Health Commission offers an important contribution to the University of Oslo’s engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals and Life Sciences initiative.

The Commission

The Lancet One Health Commission is chaired by Dr. John Amuasi, Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, and Prof. Andrea Winkler, Centre for Global Health at UiO and the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The Centre for Global Health at UiO hosts the Commission’s northern secretariat, with the support of the Center for Global Health at TUM. The Global Health group at KCCR on the KNUST campus hosts the southern secretariat. The Commission comprises 24 Commissioners and several researchers from multiple disciplines from around the globe.

 

Co-Chairs of The Lancet One Health Commission Dr. John Amuasi MD and Prof. Andrea Winkler MD

 

Prof. David Heymann CBE

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, London.

 

 

 

Dr. Uzoma Nwankwo

Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria.

Dr. Thelma Alafia Samuels PhD

Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

 

Dr. Matthew Stone MVS

Deputy Director General, International Standards and Science, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Dr. Barbara Haesler PhD

London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

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Prof. Jukka Corander

Professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo, Norway

 

Dr. Anna Okello PhD

Research Program Manager, Livestock SystemsAustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

 

Dr. Juan Lubroth PhD

former Chief Veterinary Officer, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Prof. Maria Lapinski PhD

Director, Health and Risk Communication Center, Michigan State University.

Dr. James J. Sejvar MD

Neuroepidemiologist, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine. Consultant Neuroepidemiologist, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore.

Dr. Wendy Harrison PhD

School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London & Executive Director, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.

Dr. Osama Ahmed Hassan Ahmed PhD

Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University, Sweden

Dr. Lucille Blumberg MD

Deputy Director, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of the National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa. Founding head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response

 

 

Prof. Ning Xiao PhD

National Institute of parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Prof. Sundeep Sahay

Research Group for Information Systems, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo

Prof. Eric Fèvre PhD

Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH), University of Liverpool & International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi

 

Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder

Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization

Dr. Peter Daszak PhD

President, EcoHealth Alliance

Prof. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz MD

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) & Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge 

 

 

Prof. Jürgen May MD

Department of Infectious Diseases EpidemiologyBernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, University of Hamburg

Dr. Franck Berthe PhD 

Senior Livestock Specialist in the Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank Group

Prof. Jakob Zinnstag PhD DVM

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel

 

Prof. Hélène Carabin PhD DVM

Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & School of Public Health, Université de Montréal

 

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The Oslo Research Team:

  • Carlos Goncalo das Neves - Director of Research and Internationalization at Norwegian Veterinary Institute
  • Yngvild Wasteson - Professor of Food Microbiology/Food Safety & Academic Head of Veterinary and Animal Care programs at Norwegian University of Life Science's Veterinary College
  • Muhammad Asaduzzaman - Doctoral Research Fellow at Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
  • Ernst Kristian Rødland - Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Prevention Consultant at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Next Generation One Health Advisor:

Secretariat:

Oslo

Ghana

  • Louis Adu-Amoah
  • Eric Ebenezer Boham

Germany

  • Annette Abraham

Partners

Funding and Support

The Lancet One Health Commission is funded by UiO: Life Science and by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
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The Commission is supported in-kind by the Centre for Global Health at UiO, the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). 

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Contact Oslo Secretariat:

Ingeborg K. Haavardsson - Secretariat Leader

Christina Brux Mburu - Commission Advisor

Gabriella Rodriguez - Communications Officer

Published Jan. 21, 2019 3:26 PM - Last modified July 3, 2020 12:17 PM