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An Urgent Call to Make One Health Work for People and Our Planet - MEDICC REVIEW January 2020, Vol 22, No 1 / Editorial | Editors'-Choice - Friday, February 21, 2020

January 2020, Vol 22, No 1 / Editorial | Editors'-Choice 

An Urgent Call to Make One Health Work for People and Our Planet

The Editors

“January 2020 begins a new decade, a chance for the international health community to take a hard look at where we are, where we stand, what we stand for and why we need to stand up. Staring us down are two concurrent global health emergencies: the coronavirus epidemic originating in Wuhan, China and climate change. As you read this, the trove of articles and assessments published on both is growing faster than most can absorb. …” 

“The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.
—One Health Initiative http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/about.php

 

See important full text: https://mediccreview.org/an-urgent-call-to-make-one-health-work-for-people-and-our-planet/


One Health Centre coming up at Nagpur to help animal origin diseases like corona - Friday, February 21, 2020

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“... Explaining the ideas of One Health Centre, Dr Chaudhari said that so far, study of human health and animal health was done separately. "One Health approach however recognises that health of animals is closely linked with health of human beings," he said.

The research to be carried out at the One Health Centre will help scientists develop a vaccine in lesser time, when a new disease gets transmitted from animals to humans. ...” 

One Health Centre coming up at Nagpur to help animal origin diseases like corona

See: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/one-health-centre-coming-up-at-nagpur-to-help-animal-origin-diseases-like-corona/articleshow/74236912.cms

Scientists say that there are about 830 diseases that can originate in animals and transmit to humans. The ICMR has given mandate to NIV and MAFSU to set up the One Health Centre, for which four acres of land has already been allocated. The Centre will study the different disease causing pathogens in domestic as well as wild animals for better preparedness to contain diseases that humans may get in future.

By Jayashree Bhosale, ET Bureau|Last Updated: Feb 21, 2020, 11.09 AM IST


Reminder: Frequent Media Expert Physician/Public Health Spokesperson for Coronavirus Epidemic (potential Pandemic) Threat Status in World Supports a One Health Approach - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Reminder: Frequent Media Expert Physician/Public Health Spokesperson for Coronavirus Epidemic (potential Pandemic) Threat Status in World Supports a One Health Approach

CBS News February 16, 2020, 11:25 AM Transcript: Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Face the Nation," February 16, 2020

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-dr-anthony-fauci-on-face-the-nation-february-16-2020/

 

U.S. National Institute of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Addresses One Health

….We have long embraced a one-health paradigm at NIAID, especially in the realm of emerging and re-emerging diseases, most of which are zoonoses and must be studied in the context of the ecosystems humans share with microbes, non-human hosts, vectors, reservoirs and other actors. Many of the research efforts about which I speak and write almost daily fall under the one health rubric…” https://goo.gl/nKVbFF


NC State Collaborating Center to Aid WHO [World Health Organization] in Combating Antimicrobial Resistance - Feb18 2020 - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

NC State Collaborating Center to Aid WHO [World Health Organization] in Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

February 18, 2020

For Immediate Release – NC State News, Raleigh, North Carolina (USA)

Tracey Peake  tracey_peake@ncsu.edu  919/515-6142

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated North Carolina State University’s Department of Population Health and Pathobiology as a collaborating center. The new center will aid the WHO in its efforts to combat foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR) worldwide.  Under the direction of department head Paula Cray, the collaborating center will take a holistic “one health” approach to identifying and combating emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria in developing nations through enhanced surveillance of foodborne pathogens in animal populations. ...

Please read complete release at https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/02/who-collaborating-center/


Coronavirus: ECOWAS Health Ministers Issue Joint Preparedness - Monday, February 17, 2020

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Coronavirus: ECOWAS Health Ministers Issue Joint Preparedness

“...The communiqué called on countries to promote multi-sectoral national efforts using one-health approach to maximise impact. ...” 

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Coronavirus: ECOWAS Health Ministers Issue Joint Preparedness
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Health ministers from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have issued joint regional preparedness plan for the prevention, early detection and control of the coronavirus outbreak.

A communiqué issued at the end of the one-day meeting of ECOWAS health ministers, organised by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), charged member countries to implement robust measures to assure availability of critical medical supplies, including laboratory materials and personal protective equipment in the region.  ...  

“...The communiqué called on countries to promote multi-sectoral national efforts using one-health approach to maximise impact. ...”

PLEASE Read complete article at: https://www.modernghana.com/news/984974/coronavirus-ecowas-health-ministers-issue-joint.html


Introduction to One Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health - Book Review - Sunday, February 16, 2020

ISBN-13: 978-1119382867
ISBN-10: 1119382866

SEE: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-One-Health-Interdisciplinary-Planetary/dp/1119382866/ref=asc_df_1119382866/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=317170508585&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16219716441380135880&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015192&hvtargid=pla-626242419545&psc=1

 

The short introductory review on the publisher’s website generally reflects what this book is about.  The following brief commentary uses their description while including some additional observations.

Introduction to One Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health offers a reasonably good introduction to the exponentially expanding field of One Health in a refreshing erudite fashion; a vision of the planet’s health today and potentially in future are surveyed.  Indeed, the book employs the journalist writer’s guide of the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the One Health concept/approach as it pertains to its critical utilization in helping to expeditiously and efficaciously combat global public health and ecological issues within concise definition guidelines viz.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.

 

Some of the One Health movement’s notable historical landmarks and leaders involved in collaborative transdisciplinary endeavors during the past decade and earlier are discussed with interviews highlighting interesting individual “One Health” perspectives.  By my count, the interviewees include six veterinarians (including one of the co-authors), three physicians, and eighteen other knowledgeable professional health oriented field representatives (including two co-authors of this book). 

The book’s authors [*Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM http://www.drsharondeem.com/about, Kelly E. Lane-deGraaf, PhD https://www.fontbonne.edu/staff/dr-kelly-lane-degraaf/, Elizabeth A. Rayhel, PhD https://www.fontbonne.edu/staff/dr-elizabeth-rayhel/] express appreciation for past, present and future history of One Health endeavors as being interrelated.  They recognize and introduce the broad-spectrum utilization of One Health principles for advancing global public health and conservation medicine as envisioned under the all inclusive One Health Umbrella graphic http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/OneHealth2, conceived, envisioned and developed by One Health Sweden https://www.slu.se/en/Collaborative-Centres-and-Projects/slu-future-animals-nature-and-health/networks-and-collaborations/one-health-sweden/about-ohs/ in collaboration with the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team in late 2013 and early 2014. 

 

This book is a complementary addition to several other insightful, comprehensive One Health textbooks/journal articles available today, see: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/animalHumans.php and https://www.onehealthcommission.org/en/resources__services/one_health_library/books/ .  It is well worth reading and having available to students and faculty in schools of medicine, veterinary medicine and public health.  Along with existing One Health literature, practicing veterinarians, physicians, other professional health scientists and researchers would do well to read this text.

 

Note - Dr. Deem’s Signature Block:

Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM

Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine

Director, WildCare Institute Center for Chelonian Conservation

Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 (USA)
(314) 646 4708 | deem@stlzoo.org | stlzoo.org/conservationmedicine

Follow the Zoo on Facebook | Twitter | InstagramYouTube | Pinterest

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*Dr. Deem is a wildlife veterinarian, an epidemiologist, and the current director of the Institute for Conservation Medicine at the Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri (USA).  Notably she gave an extraordinary TEDx talk in March 2018 as part of the “Think Well: HealthCare Out Loud” TEDx Gateway Event at the Sheldon in downtown, St. Louis.   This short video is an overview of One Health, articulately sharing examples of how the health of all life is interconnected.  See and listen to https://www.stlzoo.org/about/blog/2018/11/02/one-health-connecting-animal-human-and-environmental-health (scroll down for talk...).

Review and comments by:

 

Bruce Kaplan, DVM, Dipl. AVES (Hon.)

Contents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative Website, Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website, Sarasota, Florida https://goo.gl/zbVw2t

  

One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team:

Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH ▪ Thomas M. Yuill, PhD Helena J. Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD ▪ Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD


Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 14, 2020 from CIDRAP - Saturday, February 15, 2020

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    Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 14, 2020

    BD announces contract to help fight AMR in developing countries

    See: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/02/stewardship-resistance-scan-feb-14-2020

    In a related development, the medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.) yesterday announced a $6 million contract with the Fleming Fund, the British aid program that helps low- and middle-income countries fight antimicrobial resistance.

    Under the contract, BD said it will provide diagnostic equipment and informatics systems to help diagnose infections and guide physicians to prescribe and use antibiotics appropriately. The company is based in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

    More than 70 labs in 19 countries will be provided with equipment to quickly detect bacteria and fungi in clinical specimens and blood and to test antimicrobial susceptibility, along with products for microbiology data management, the company said in its press release.

    The program is funded by the United Kingdom Department of Health and Social Care.

    "The Fleming Fund works to support 24 countries in the development of AMR surveillance systems, using the World Health Organization's 'One Health' approach," the BD release said. "One of the core activities for the Fleming Fund country grant program is to strengthen clinical bacteriology laboratories in order to identify and perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) on priority pathogens."
    Feb 13 BD press release

    UK partners with Nigeria to battle antimicrobial resistance

    The United Kingdom yesterday announced the launch of a partnership with Nigeria, worth £10.7 million, to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by improving public health surveillance, upgrading laboratory equipment, and training technicians.

    The program will be operated by the Fleming Fund, a UK Aid program that helps low- and middle-income countries battle AMR, the fund said in a news release. The fund is managed by the UK Department of Health and Social Care in partnership with Mott McDonald, the fund's grant management agent.

    The Fleming Fund has appointed Development Alternatives Incorporation (DAI) to support Nigeria's AMR surveillance system, in collaboration with the Nigerian AMR coordination committee and other partners.

    Project activities in Nigeria to date include investment in 18 laboratories across the country and the appointment of 10 professional fellows who are being trained in data management, microbiology, epidemiology, and biosafety to help fight AMR, according to the release.
    Feb 13 Fleming Fund press release


How to see the next viral threat coming...Published in THE HILL, Feb10, 2020 - Monday, February 10, 2020

How to see the next viral threat coming


Implementing a One Health culture in undergraduate education to tackle current and future health ... - Saturday, February 08, 2020

Implementing a One Health culture in undergraduate education to tackle current and future health ...

... call on policy makers, academics and professionals to promote an interdisciplinary exchange under the One Health[1] approach in education.

New “One Health Interest Group” on the scene ... - Wednesday, February 05, 2020

New “One Health Interest Group” on the scene ...

 

See CORE Group information at: https://coregroup.org/announcing-our-new-one-health-interest-group/

“Announcing Our New One Health Interest Group

February 3, 2020

 

We are pleased to announce the development of a new CORE Group Interest Group on One Health. One Health is a multisectoral, transdisciplinary approach that promotes the interconnections between the health of humans, animals, plants and the planet we share. Over 75% of novel infectious diseases are from animal sources, contributing 2.5 billion cases of human illness and 2.7 million deaths annually, mostly in developing countries.  Given the increasing frequency and intensity of animal borne disease outbreaks, the global health community has taken up the call for a One Health approach to prevention, detection and response to outbreaks, as well as an examination of related modes of transmission within the environment. CORE Group’s One Health Interest Group supports coordination, communication, and collaboration for strengthened community engagement across human, animal and environment sectors before, during and after outbreaks.

 

Subscribe to the listserv: lists.coregroup.org/lists/subscribe/onehealth 
Email the group: onehealth@lists.coregroup.org ...”


 
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