The One Health concept
The One Health approach aims at demonstrating the synergistic benefit and added value of an integrated approach to human and animal health as well as environmental sciences.
In an interdependent world, there is increasing consensus that health sector actors are less likely to achieve their goals without efficient inter-disciplinary collaboration.
Global health threats such as climate change, pandemics and emerging infectious disease epidemics from Ebola virus to MERS, neglected diseases of poverty, antimicrobial resistance, non-infectious diseases (including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases as well as mental health), in addition to food security and nutrition, require coordinated action across multiple disciplines. One Health is closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and is intrinsically inter- and trans-disciplinary, bringing together the fields of human, animal and environmental health. One Health policies and programmes involve both public and private sectors as well as research institutions and governments to implement effective solutions to complex issues of global concern.