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Renowned Sociologist Discusses Synergy of Project Save the World and the One Health Approaches - Sunday, January 19, 2020

Renowned Sociologist Discusses Synergy of Project Save the World and the One Health Approaches

Submitted to the One Health Initiative website January 18, 2020 by Metta Spencer, PhD  Dr. Spencer is president of Science for Peace, a Canadian organization of natural and social scientists based in Toronto.  The One Health Initiative team is pleased to present Professor Emeritus Spencer’s commentary:

Millions of people around the world are actively working to save humankind from six global catastrophes: war and the proliferation of weapons (especially nuclear); global warming; famine; pandemics; radioactive contamination; and cyberattacks. Since these disasters are causally interdependent, we would benefit from addressing them as a system, rather than as separate problems. Indeed, a brief set of policy changes could greatly reduce the risk of them all. 

A two-day forum met in Toronto in May, 2018 with the intention of compiling just such a list of proposals. After listening one day to to experts on the six threats, the participants gathered in break-out groups and chose the 25 that became the “Platform for Survival.” This list resembles the platform of a political party or the currently popular “Green New Deal,” except that it is relevant in every country of the world, whereas most political platforms are only national in scope. 

Activists and researchers addressing these problems also need a common “meeting place,” for sharing ideas and developing actions. Hence Project Save the World was formed after the forum, and has developed such a website: . It is open to the public, but also presents resources for activists. Each week, our editor conducts a one-hour-long video interview with one or several persons about a particular global issue. Those videos are disseminated on social media and kept on the website itself. (See An audio podcast version is also available on the website and elsewhere. 

The most recent feature of the website is a section called “Global Projects.” Upon request, we offer a free page to any progressive campaign or network in the world that is global in scope and that is working on “saving the world.” One of these pages is a campaigns called “Promote One Health Initiatives.“ *Dr. Laura Kahn of Princeton University is its contact person. Each such page displays its mission statement, a list of URLs to like-minded groups, and a comments column where anyone can post articles or opinions, and can reply to others. (See .)

There is a great similarity between Project Save the World itself and “One Health,” in that both approaches are alert to the common origins of a problem in “inter-disciplinary” factors. For example, One Health physicians and veterinarians can jointly work on diseases caused by the same pathogen or by a common environmental hazard, including climate change. 

Likewise, Project Save the World recognizes that famine and pandemics go together, and is often caused more by political factors than by nature or technology or the economy. We also regard both war (or even the production of weaponry) and global warming as relevant causes of famine and pandemics.  Moreover, war and weaponry can both cause, and be caused by global warming (armed forces inevitably produce vast amounts of greenhouse gas). 

All of these global threats are linked. Cyberattacks are obviously but a new form of warfare. Radioactivity from such sites as Chernobyl, Hanford, Fukushima, the Marshall Islands must be addressed either by shutting down all nuclear power and plutonium production plants, or by more extensive safety measures than are required today. The One Health initiative no doubt also sees radioactive contamination as a problem within its purview.

Hence we see a great overlap between One Health and Project Save the World. Both pay attention to the  connections among phenomena that may go beyond the professional expertise of the practitioner. Each requires, therefore, partnerships with other professionals.

Project Save the World and One Health are transnational and transdisciplinary approaches.  Let’s work together! Please use the page on our website for communicating with your own activists and for reaching out to a wider community of people who are also working to save the world. 

*Physician Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, Research Scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, is a co-founder of the One Health Initiative team/website and author of the book One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance

One Health: It’s for All of Us - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Per U.S. Senate Resolution: January is now officially One Health Awareness Month! - Thursday, January 16, 2020

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One Health: It’s for All of Us

January is now officially One Health Awareness Month! The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution designating January as ‘National One Health Awareness Month’ to promote collaboration between public, animal, and environmental health scientists. See the One Health Awareness Month GuideExternal Link

Rep. Schrader Introduces Bipartisan Resolution To Designate January As “National One Health ... - Wednesday, January 15, 2020


The National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE) To Administer One Health Certified Animal Protein Process Verified Program - Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Media Contact: Valyn Bodensteiner, PCM, Marketing Communications Specialist, NIAMRRE, 515-294-3104, 


NIAMRRE To Administer One Health Certified Animal Protein Process Verified Program

Leading chicken producer, Mountaire Farms, first to offer retail products under program label

AMES, IA (Jan, 14, 2020) – A new program administered by the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE), will soon give producers a better way to demonstrate to consumers that they follow responsible animal care principles.

One Health CertifiedTM, a comprehensive animal care program, establishes verified animal production practices in five core areas: disease prevention, veterinary care, responsible antibiotic use, animal welfare, and environmental impacts.

Companies that align their procedures to meet the program standards, and pass an audit administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, qualify for certification and the right to label their retail and wholesale products with a logo that conveys responsible animal care practices have been followed and verified.

Participating in this USDA Process Verified Program provides an objective, third-party verification that producers fully comply with the guidelines of the program. Through this process, participating companies will demonstrate their management commitment, transparency, and accountability to follow the responsible animal care practices outlined in the One Health CertifiedTM program standards. 

Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken producer, is the first company to adopt the standards for chicken. The company successfully completed audits in all of its production complexes in November of 2019, when the USDA verified that their practices met the One Health CertifiedTM standards.

“It was important to us that we participate in a holistic and ethical program that strives for optimal health outcomes for animals, consumers, and the planet,” said Dr. Don Ritter, director of technical marketing at Mountaire Farms. “One Health CertifiedTM successfully avoids the trade-offs and unintended consequences of more narrowly focused programs, which may at times put animal health and welfare at unnecessary risk.”

One Health CertifiedTM defines species-specific requirements for each animal protein under one universal program. Chicken and turkey are the first species for which audit standards have been established. Additional animal protein standards are in progress and will become available for certification in the near future.

“As an organization, NIAMRRE is delighted to support the One Health CertifiedTM program,” said Dr. Paul Plummer, NIAMRRE executive director. “The program is true to the One Health principles of multiple organizations and disciplines working together to improve human health, veterinary health, agriculture and the environment.”

Visit to learn more or participate in the program. The official list of One Health CertifiedTM audited and approved producers and organizations is maintained by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and is available to the public at

The National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education provides local, national, and international leadership in combating antimicrobial resistance. Based at the Iowa State University Research Park, in Ames, Iowa, NIAMRRE drives collaborative and integrative research, education, and engagement to solve AMR challenges and benefit society using a One Health approach. For more information, visit:

Mountaire Farms is an agricultural food processing company providing work for more than 10,000 people at facilities in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. For more information, visit or visit us on Facebook.

ONE HEALTH Implementation Time is now! - Sunday, January 12, 2020

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.” John Greenleaf Whittier

One Health implementation will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come.  One Health Initiative team

                          “The time has come," the walrus said ...”  Lewis Carroll



NOTE: One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.

One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization for Multi-Sectoral Engagement in Pakistan - Friday, January 10, 2020

One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization for Multi-Sectoral Engagement in Pakistan

One Health Zoonotic Disease. Prioritization & One Health. Systems Mapping and. Analysis Resource Toolkit™ for Multisectoral Engagement.

Zoonotic diseases are diseases capable of spreading between animals and humans. Most known human infectious diseases and about three-quarters of newly emerging infections originate from animals. Some zoonoses pose a significant threat to human public health, while others may have tremendous agricultural and social or economic impacts. The cross-sector nature of zoonotic diseases has historically been a challenge in preparing for and responding to zoonotic disease threats at the animal-human-environment interface, highlighting the critical need for a multisectoral, One Health approach to address these emerging health threats. ..."

Tracking the Nipah virus - See The Hub at Johns Hopkins (USA) - Saturday, January 04, 2020

Tracking the Nipah virus

At least one virus infects every species that scientists have identified. .... The work gave Gurley and other One Health–oriented scientists, including ...

“… The project is called PREEMPT, which stands for Preventing Emerging Pathogenic Threats, and it has brought together an international team of researchers trying to identify when and why bats shed Nipah and similar viruses, which increases the chances of human outbreaks. To Gurley, this kind of research based on the understanding that human health is intertwined with environmental and animal health (a concept called One Health) represents the best way to address these emerging public health threats.


“… The work gave Gurley and other One Health–oriented scientists, including Raina Plowright, the PREEMPT project's principal investigator, an idea: If they could learn more about the disease in bats, they might just be able to identify the signs of a looming outbreak and get a jump on their viral adversary. …”

New Year NEWS: DUKE One Health Team News, Issue 22 - January 2020 - Wednesday, January 01, 2020
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U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan ‘One Health’ Awareness Month Resolution for January 2020, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Reports - Focuses On the Linkages Between Human, Animal and Environmental Health - Sunday, December 29, 2019

A One Health milestone...introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan ‘One Health’ Awareness Month Resolution for January 2020, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Reports - Focuses On the Linkages Between Human, Animal and Environmental Health

December 28, 2019 - Washington - The Senate on December 20th, unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) designating January as “National One Health Awareness Month” to promote collaboration between public, animal and environmental health scientists.

One Health is a relatively new term being used by health experts – including at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – to better focus on the linkages between human, animal and environmental health and the need to develop comprehensive solutions. For instance, public health specialists are now working with physicians and veterinarians to minimize the inappropriate use of antibiotics in human and animal patients to combat antibiotic resistance.

“By using the ‘One Health’ approach, global health problems including antibiotic resistance and the spread of infectious diseases can be more easily addressed,” Senator Feinstein said. “Our resolution will hopefully draw attention to the need for holistic approaches to addressing human health that take into account changes in environmental and animal health. With diminishing resources and a growing human population, fighting problems with a ‘One Health’ approach must be encouraged now more than ever.” ...

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Stopping Rabies in its Tracks: How Canine Vaccines are Saving Lives in Kenya - Friday, December 27, 2019

Stopping Rabies in its Tracks: How Canine Vaccines are Saving Lives in Kenya

Access to canine rabies vaccines and public health campaigns are highly ... The principle of One Health means that the health of domestic animals, ...
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Rabies is one of the oldest zoonotic diseases (diseases passed from animals to humans) known to mankind. Here in the U.S., most people’s pets are protected from rabies by regular vaccinations from the veterinarian. So when we think about rabies cases in the Americas, we tend to imagine raccoons and foxes, or bats roosting in roofs and hiding in rafters. But rabies can infect virtually all mammals.

In other parts of the world, we should instead be thinking about dogs. Up to 99% of human rabies cases in Asia and Africa are caused by dogs. When a person contracts rabies through the bite of an infected animal, the virus travels along the nerves until it reaches the brain. Once there, it causes inflammation, followed by some of the classic symptoms like foaming at the mouth and aggressive behavior. Because there is no cure for rabies, the disease is often fatal.

Access to canine rabies vaccines and public health campaigns are highly effective in preventing outbreaks in people and other species. However, in less developed regions or rural areas with little access to veterinary services, unvaccinated dogs can pose a significant threat. Rabies carried by dogs kills about 2,000 people in Kenya every year, many from rural areas. ..."

"...The principle of One Health means that the health of domestic animals, people, wildlife and the environment are all intertwined. The global burden of rabies demonstrates just how closely our health is interrelated, and illustrates the value of veterinary medicine to human health and wildlife conservation. In short, vaccinating dogs also protects wildlife and saves human lives. ..."

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