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The One Health approach aims at achieving optimal global health solutions and outcomes using a multisectoral, collaborative, and transdisciplinary approach

One Health approach highlights the intricate linkage between human health, animal health, and their shared environment

One Health

The existence of life on earth is revolving around the race for survival. Right from a virus to the blue whale, there exists a complicated life system assuring the subsistence of each species. Health is an indispensable aspect of existence, and it is dependent on numerous factors.

The World ponders about ways to good health, and we have been particularly concerned about it since the COVID-19 outbreak. Looking deeper into the root of the disease's origin revealed the zoonotic spillover of the SARS COVID-19 virus from wild animals to human beings. This obviously emphasizes the potential threat of emerging zoonotic diseases that could turn into a pandemic. The health of the key elements of the planet, the environment, humans, and animals are interdependent factors. This emphasizes the need for One Health to ensure holistic welfare and well-being.

In the 1970s, Calvin Schwabe, an American veterinarian, rethought the term “one medicine” and is recognized for having coined the concept that fully recognized the close systemic interaction of humans and animals for nutrition, livelihood, and health. One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach — working at the local, regional, national, and global levels — with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment (CDC).

Human beings largely depend on livestock rearing for livelihood and animal protein requirements. Infectious agents in animals must be dealt with care to ensure both animal and human health.

Evolution of the One Health approach

One health for

Human Health

Human beings survive and thrive on earth only if there exists a healthy environment and biodiversity to support life. Human health is constantly challenged by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, of which more than 60 percent are zoonotic. One Health is essential for human health.

One health for

Animal Health

Animal health and welfare are ensured through positive human interventions and appropriate environmental conditions (species-specific). Scientific domestic animal management and protection of wildlife ecosystems are crucial for a healthy animal population on earth.

One health for

Environment Health

Human and animal lives are inexistent in a spoiled environment. Human activities account for the major cause of environmental degradationa and pollution. Healthy human and animal populations, biodiversity, and judicious ecosystem management are critical for environmental health.

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Thematic Areas

One Health concept, approach and success stories

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Infectious disease and zoonoses

Infectious or Zoonotic diseases are fatal and can transcend geopolitical boundaries and create severe health an

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Pathogens, Antimicrobials and Drug resistance

Drug resistance is a global public health crisis and is accelerating by the overuse/misuse of antibiotics in hu

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Environmental Health, Toxicology and Climate change

Environmental health directly impacts every life it supports and is constantly challenged by climate change, di

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Occupational health hazards and Public Health

Globally, more than 1 billion people work closely with animals and face chemical, physical and biological hazar

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Food Safety, Security and Interlinkages with health

Safe and secure food is a public health priority and achieving food safety is key to sustaining life and promot

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Biodiversity and Wildlife health

Biodiversity loss is a reality due to climate change, deforestation, and other adverse human interventions that

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Human-Animal Interaction and Animal Welfare

Interaction happens at various levels and are the crucial points of mutual gains but also disease transmission

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