Cancelled - A Paradigm Shift in One Health: Implications for low and middle-income countries

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One Health Concept from Lancet One Health Commission, UiO

Cancelled - A Paradigm Shift in One Health: Implications for low and middle-income countries - One Health panel at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting Uganda 2020

One Health is a concept that emerged in the 1990s and has traditionally had the veterinary medicine community as its main constituents and promoters. One Health is based on the interconnectedness of the health of humans, animals and the environment. While One Health has received increased attention, its traditional underpinning emphasizing infectious diseases have been challenged in the light of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, the epidemiological transition and globalization. Join the One Health panel at this years's World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda.

More recently, with the epidemiological transition and the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), One Health is being invoked as a necessary approach to the sustainable control of NCDs as follows: 1) animal health, not only in terms of food sources, but also companions that can stimulate social interaction and motivate physical exercise and 2) environmental health referring to environmental risk factors for NCDs such as tobacco smoke, toxins and the dramatically increasing air pollution globally. The health implications of climate change and how large-scale agriculture and other human-animal activities perpetuate this is another area where the One Health concept has been invoked and requires further exploration. The new ways of looking at One Health also feed into the newly defined planetary health construct, which has sparked concerns about lack of a clear distinction between the two and dilution of concepts, prompting the need to clearly define, or re-position the concept of One Health. Finally, One Health also seems to be synonymously used with the concept of a “cross-sectoral approach” to tackling health issues in general, often in the context of collaboration between different governmental bodies to advance specific health issues. In the suggested panel, we will discuss old and new concepts of One Health, the evidence we have for added value of One Health in the era of increased globalization, climate change and the epidemiologic transition, and the need for a paradigm shift or re-definition of the One Health concept. In this session, we shall also explore what this paradigm shift would imply, particularly for low and middle-income countries.


  • To discuss the origins of One Health, where we are now, and the evidence presently available for the added value of a One Health approach to various health interventions
  • To evaluate the need for a new paradigm in One Health which takes incorporates the non-communicable disease epidemic and climate change
  • To explore the One Health concept in the context of cross-sectoral collaboration for the advancement of human health at different levels



Dr. John Amuasi, Group leader, Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group, Kumasi Centre for Collaborative research in Tropical Medicine, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, Co-Chair The Lancet One Health Commission, University of Oslo (UiO)


Prof. Andrea S. Winkler, Director of Centre for Global Health at the University of Oslo (UiO) Faculty of Medicine, Professor at the Department for Community Medicine and Global Health, at the Institute of Health and Society, Co-Chair The Lancet One Health Commission, UiO


Hon. Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Hon. State Minister for Health - Primary Health Care, Republic of Uganda

Dr. Wendy Harrison, Chief Executive SCI Foundation, Member of the Lancet One Health Commission, UiO 

Prof. Dr. Jakob Zinsstag- Klopfenstein, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (TPH), Deputy Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Switzerland, Member of the Lancet One Health Commission, UiO 

- Prof. Juan Lubroth, Lubroth One Health Consultancies

Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder, Department for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), World Health Organization (WHO), Member of the Lancet One Health Commission, UiO 

- Dr. Jimmy Osuret, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda



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Published Feb. 4, 2020 10:50 AM - Last modified Mar. 31, 2020 12:26 PM