Experts call for global adoption of One Health in prestigious publication

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the world’s global health protection network, says a new four paper series published in the Lancet, The authors of the series argue that we must implement a ‘One Health’ approach globally, with human, animal and environmental health organizations working together to better prevent, monitor and respond to public health emergencies. Huh.

Lancet series is made up of five Articles published between January 19 and 21, 2023 and written by 104 Expert:

  • One Health: A Call for Ecological EquityA Lancet editorial was released on 21 January to announce the series and remind readers that One Health has now become “an important concept in global health”, noting that: “While the series focuses on pandemic preparedness, OneHealth goes well beyond emerging infections and new pathogens; It is the foundation for understanding and addressing the most potential threats to the survival of societies, including antimicrobial resistance, food and nutrition insecurity, and climate change., (Bolding added) This places One Health clearly among the “five spotlights” – priorities for the future of health – that the Lancet wants to highlight this year, its 200th anniversary:

  • Advancing a human–animal–environmental health divide for global health security: what does the evidence say? Prof. Jakob Ginstag, PhD, Andrea Kaiser-Grolimand, PhD, Catherine Heitz-Tokpa, PhD, Rajesh Sreedharan, PhD, Juan Lubroth, PhD, François Kaya, PhD, et al.; The article concludes: “The one health approach appears to be most effective and sustainable in the prevention, preparedness and early detection and investigation of emerging risks and threats; The evidence base for their application is strongest in the control of endemic and neglected tropical diseases. To maximize and extend the benefits, there is a need to improve One Health operations by strengthening multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Global analysis of a health network and dissemination of a health collaboration Athman Mwatondo, MD, Afifah Rahman-Shepherd, MSc, Lara Hollman, MSc, Scott Chiosi, MSc, Josephat Maina, MD, Karishma Krishna Kurup, MD, et al.; His findings were shown, Alwaysthat “more One Health Networks (OHNs) are formed and headquartered in Europe than in any other region, and emerging infections and novel pathogens were priority focus areas for most OHNs, with fewer OHNs focusing on other important threats.” were and were serious hazards to health. Safety.”
  • How ready is the world? Identifying weaknesses in existing assessment frameworks for global health security through a one health approach by Tybal Traore, DVM MSc, Sarah Shanks, MPH, Najmul Haider, PhD, Kanja Ahmad, MSc, Vagesh Jain, MBBS, Simon R. Roeg, PhD, et al.; The article highlights that “existing frameworks do little to consider anthropogenic factors in disease emergence or to address the full range of health security threats in a social-ecological system” noting that “we important contextual factors, or determinants of these shared hazards” and it called for interventions and outcomes to be “evaluated in terms of added value, trade-offs and co-benefits in human, animal and environmental health systems”. did.
  • The implications of One Health for global and regional governance and global health security by Azza Elnaiem, MBBS, Ola Mohamed-Ahmed, MBBch MSc, Prof. Alimuddin Zumla, PhD, Jeffrey Mekasky, MS, Nora Charron, MSc, Mahamat Fayiz Abakar, PhD, et al.; Here are four challenges identified and analyzed: “First, the regional, professional and institutional silos and tensions that exist between human, animal and environmental health; Second, the international legal system, state sovereignty, and existing legal instruments challenge the One Health regime; third, power dynamics and asymmetries among countries represented in multilateral institutions and their impact on priority setting; And finally, existing funding mechanisms that focus primarily on response to crises, and long-term underinvestment for pandemic and emergency prevention, mitigation, and preparedness activities. They make 12 recommendations to address these challenges.

Overall demand for writers in The Lancet series Greater investment in One Health approach, especially for preventive and preparedness interventions for health emergencies,

at this point, there is Clear proof of benefit in terms of number of human and animal lives saved and financial savings As a result of near-regional cooperation. Billions of US dollars per year are needed to make a real impact on prevention and preparedness globally. A fraction of the cost of responding to and recovering from a global health emergency Like the COVID-19 pandemic.

the logic of the series A health movement must break free from power structures concentrated in high-income countries To establish more egalitarian global networks that address a breadth of issues and serve communities affected by emerging and existing health security threats.

In addition, funding priorities must move beyond subsidies and grants to the development and educational industry located in high-income countries, so that Greater focus on measurable technology transfer and self-reliance in low- and middle-income countries ,LMIC,

The series also found Environmental organizations are often missing from One Health Networks’ design and agenda-setting which limits the extent to which a holistic one health approach is being practiced. The authors call for a one-health approach involving more environmental health and community organizations to better integrate environmental, wildlife and farming issues to address challenges related to disease spread and the risk of future pandemics. solution can be made.

Dr Usman Dar, Chatham House, London and one of the authors of the series, They say,

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the catastrophic impact of underestimating the state of human health, animal health, and the environment, and the dangers that emerge at this interface. As countries seek to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, adopting an integrated One Health approach with full consideration of its underlying principles will be key to achieving meaningful progress and building back better.

The medical and scientific communities have never been more unanimous in their call for One Health Action: Now is the time to advance the One Health Everywhere approach – it has proven to be the best way to prepare for the next pandemic.

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editor’s Note: The views expressed by the authors here are their own and not those of – In featured photo: CDC champions the One Health approach, encouraging collaborative efforts to achieve the best health for people, animals, and the environment. photo Credit: Awad Mohamed Ba Saleh (Flickr) March 2009

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