One Health Policy, Governance and the EID/NTD Interface

What does ‘good governance’ look like in the One Health space? Why is thinking about policy and governance important? Join this webinar as expert speakers discuss how lessons from Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) control and other integrated health approaches could be scaled to address Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) and related issues at the human-animal-ecosystem interface.

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Despite increasing calls to apply a One Health approach to address 21st century issues at the human-animal-ecosystems interface, there has been less focus to date on key aspects of One Health policy and governance to assist in its operationalization. The development of cross-sectoral policies and programs to mitigate the impacts of, for example, future pandemics, antimicrobial resistance, and Neglected Tropical Diseases, is not easy. However, without this perspective, opportunities to address some of the drivers of poor human health outcomes may be missed in the future. In this webinar, Commissioners from the The Lancet One Health Commission will discuss a number of policy and governance lessons from NTD programs, identifying some of the key knowledge gaps for future research and investment in order to better ‘operationalize’ One Health into the future.


Dr. Anna Okello is the Research Program Manager for Livestock Systems at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, a statutory authority within the Australian government’s foreign aid portfolio. Dr. Okello is a Senior Advisor for One Health at the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, and she holds an adjunct teaching position at the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Academy. She has also held technical advisory and research roles within international non-governmental organizations, in academia, at the World Health Organization, and for the Australian government. 


Image may contain: Person, Face, Head, Chin, Plate.Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder works in the Department for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) of the World Health Organization (WHO), as team leader on neglected zoonotic diseases and NTDs that have a human-animal interface. She is closely involved in advancing common areas of work with the FAO, the OIE, and other global health actors. Dr. Abela-Ridder previously worked in the WHO Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses, where she led the WHO global burden of leptospirosis study and worked on capacity building and global early warning for zoonotic events. 


Image may contain: Plate, Glasses.Prof. Eric Fèvre is Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH) at the University of Liverpool and is jointly based at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. Prof. Fèvre was Chair of the World Health Organization’s Working Group on zoonotic Neglected Tropical Diseases (zNTDs), he is a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Human African Trypanosomiasis, and he was a member of the WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Disease (FERG). In Kenya, he is a member of the Zoonoses Technical Working Group (ZTWG), the advisory body to the Government of Kenya’s National Zoonotic Disease Unit.



Image may contain: Facial expression, Smile, Photography.Dr. Renzo Guinto is a Commissioner and Next Generation One Health Adviser of The Lancet One Health Commission co-hosted by the University of Oslo (UiO) in Norway, Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany, and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Ghana. A Filipino physician working at the nexus of global health and sustainable development, he is the Chief Planetary Doctor of PH Lab – a “glo-cal think-and-do tank” for advancing the health of both people and the planet. An Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader and Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, Renzo recently received his Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard University; for his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the concept of “climate-smart” health systems in coastal municipalities in the Philippines.

Webinar Format

This webinar format will include a 30-minute conversation between Commissioners from The Lancet One Health Commission followed by a 30-minute open Q&A session with the audience. All participants must register in order to receive the webinar link. Please note that this webinar will be recorded. 


On the seminar series One Health – Reconnecting for Our Future

The CGH is hosting The Lancet One Health Commission webinar series, One Health – Reconnecting for Our Future. The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana also supports this series, as does the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This series aims to: (1) increase awareness of One Health in general and of its relevance for health security in the COVID-19 era, (2) share and disseminate the work of the Commission, and (3) foster a multi-directional dialogue among the academic and scientific community, the policy community, the NGO community, frontline clinicians, and ‘next generation’ students and young professionals.

Published Nov. 9, 2020 12:38 PM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2020 12:44 PM