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World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication - December 13, 2019 - Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication


Historic milestone underscores urgent need to invest in global health security and universal health coverage


13 December 2019

News release

Geneva, Switzerland


The World Health Organization commemorated the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication today, recognizing the historic moment on 9 December 1979 when the end of smallpox was confirmed to have been eradicated. Five months later, in May 1980, the 33rd World Health Assembly issued its official declaration that ‘the world and all its peoples have won freedom from smallpox’. ...

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Note: The One Health concept/approach, recognized by WHO, was also endorsed by the late Dr. D.A. Henderson:

D.A.Henderson, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. Resident Scholar, Center for Biosecurity, U. of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor. Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Pier IV Building, Suite 210, Baltimore,
Maryland 21202

April 22, 2007 Dr. D. A. Henderson, legendary leader of the worldwide smallpox eradication program.

I thank you for your email and congratulate you and your colleagues in promoting the "One Medicine" concept. It is an initiative that is long overdue but, at the same time, I don't personally identify dramatic solutions that are apt to change the landscape in the short term. I would note that when one has had the good fortune to have enjoyed the tutelage of Jim Steele during my tenure at CDC and periodically ever since, as a friend, the one medicine concept becomes well engrained. Indeed, when I came to Hopkins as Dean in 1977, I cast about to determine how we might link up with a veterinary school for research and educational purposes. Unfortunately, geography was simply too great a hurdle to overcome.

Bottom line: I would be more than happy to do whatever I could in support of your efforts.



Press Release - Nigeria Launches One Health Strategic Plan - December 11, 2019 - Monday, December 16, 2019

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Protecting the health of Nigerians

Please see: and NCDC Nigeria One Health Strategic Plan 2019-2023


Press Release - Nigeria Launches One Health Strategic Plan


Nigeria has launched a national One Health strategic plan that integrates human, animal and environmental health management for improved health security. The plan which was jointly developed by the Federal Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), and Environment as well as their agencies, reinforces Nigeria’s commitment to strengthen a multi-sectoral collaboration for health security. This plan will be implemented over a five-year period (2018 - 2023).

The health of humans and animals are interlinked with the environment. Majority of infectious diseases that affect human health are zoonotic i.e. originate from animals, and occur at the human-animal-environment interface. Nigeria continues to experience annual outbreaks of zoonotic diseases including Lassa fever, monkeypox and yellow fever.

The new One Health strategic plan launched in Abuja by the Honourable Minister of State for Health, outlines the country’s plan to strengthen the prevention, detection and response to infectious diseases that affect humans, animals and the environment. The plan recognises the interconnectedness of the health of people to the health of animals and the environment, and offers a collaborative, multi-sectoral and transdisciplinary approach for zoonotic diseases.

To improve the country’s implementation of the One Health Strategy, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) pledged their continuous support to Nigeria. Both WHO and OIE supported the organisation of the International Health Regulations and Performance of Veterinary Services (IHR-PVS) bridging workshop in Abuja from 9th to 11th of December 2019. The workshop allowed for the review of capacities across the human and animal health sectors.

Nigeria is the first country in Africa to launch a One Health plan signed by the Ministers of Health Agriculture and Environment. The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Adeleke Mamora who led the launch of the plan stated, ‘Nigeria has developed a One Health strategic plan to meet its human, animal and environmental health challenges. This approach drives innovations that are important to manage the outbreaks we experience and offers synergy across our various Ministries. We hope that the implementation of this plan in Nigeria can serve as a model for other African countries’.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Dooshima Kwange who represented the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, commended the various activities that are driven through the One Health approach such as the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP), multi-sectoral disease technical working groups and joint investigations of zoonotic diseases and other public health events. She stated that the FMARD and its agencies remain fully committed to ensuring the success of the One Health platform by achieving accelerated growth in livestock products for self-sufficiency.

In the same vein, Chika Okpala representing the Honourable Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud, committed to continue the strong collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Agriculture for the successful implementation of the One Health strategic plan.

In closing, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) expressed the agency’s commitment to continue serving as a strong secretariat for One Health functions in Nigeria.


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is the government agency with the mandate to lead the prevention, detection, and control of communicable diseases. Its functions are to prevent, detect, investigate and control communicable diseases of national and international public health importance.

Contacts: NCDC Toll-free Number


SMS: 08099555577

WhatsApp: 07087110839

Twitter/Facebook: @NCDCgov


Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu,

DG, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance: Confronting the Resistome in Humans, Animals, and the Environment -NIAID conference: March 16th and 17th, 2020, at NIAID 5601 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20852 - Saturday, December 14, 2019

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A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance: Confronting the Resistome in Humans, Animals, and the Environment

This meeting will explore a One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance. Discussions will include an overview of One Health, and explore methods of detection and surveillance, comparisons of data and surveillance systems, diagnostic platform technologies, and strategies which address antimicrobial stewardship across the One Health landscape.

Registration is now open for the NIAID conference: A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance: Confronting the Resistome in Humans, Animals, and the Environment The two day conference will be held on March 16th and 17th, 2020, at NIAID 5601 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20852. There will also  be a poster session on One Health.

Provided by:

Tina M. Parker, DVM, PhDc, Diplomate ACVPM

Program Officer 
Translational Centers of Excellence and Research Coordination Section

Office of Biodefense, Research Resources and Translational Research

5601 Fishers Lane, Room 8G28, MSC 9825

Bethesda, MD 20892-9825

(FedEx, UPS, and other courier services use Rockville, MD 20852)


Note: Dr. Parker is a longstanding One Health leader, supporter/advocate

ONE HEALTH Recognition Advancing...2019 & 2020 - Thursday, December 12, 2019

“...Medical schools are partnering with veterinary schools and zoos on cross-species education and research... The push for more cross-species research While doctors [physicians] and veterinarians have long worked together to heal animals and apply lessons from animal care to people, leaders from both fields have been pushing in recent years to make cross-species observations and research on natural health conditions routine, with the aim of improving health for all.

In an October 2018 article in Nature, 18 authors, most from medical and veterinary schools, advocated for a cross-species approach to disorders affecting the brain and behavior, saying that comparative research on humans and other animals will yield insights and treatments benefiting both. “Many of the same neurological and psychiatric conditions affect humans and animals,” they wrote, “yet clinical and research collaborations between physicians and veterinarians remain infrequent.”

... The idea draws lots of nodding heads, though finding the time and money to implement it in medical education and research remains difficult. ... Bringing medical students and veterinarian students together

Among those collaborations are a few such as the one at Harvard, where medical schools work with veterinary schools and zoos to cross-educate students and practitioners. Students might, for instance, help fix a bat’s broken wing, share knowledge about diabetes treatments in humans to advise on treating a diabetic lemur, and conduct a literature review on possible interventions for cancer in a tiger....

"The biggest benefit you can reap from this One Health approach is inspiration. The value is building a cadre of professionals in medicine who understand the interconnections.”

– Dean Odegard, MD, St. Louis Children’s Hospital ...”

And see:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) NEWS

January 01, 2020

[U.S. Congress] Legislation would create one-health response to outbreaks

“ ... The Infectious Diseases Society of America has endorsed the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act, as have the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

“Humans, animals, and the environment interact more than ever before, and a One Health approach is necessary to develop effective solutions to many infectious disease threats,” said Cindy Sears, MD, immediate past president of the IDSA, in a statement. ...”

World Veterinary Association [A One Health Advocate/leader] announces Dr. Zeev Noga as CEO, December 2019 - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

World Veterinary Association

appoints Dr Zeev Noga as CEO


The World Veterinary Association (WVA) is happy to announce that per January 1st 2020, Dr Zeev Noga will take up the position of WVA Executive Secretary. He succeeds Dr Jan Vaarten whom, after having served the Association for 10 years, will step back.


Zeev Noga has worked in the WVA secretariat for more than 7 years. During this period, he has built up a broad experience in WVA matters. At the same time, he maintained good contacts with the WVA member organisations and established an extensive international veterinary network, including all major international organisations.  Zeev is excited and ready to step in his new role and looks forward to support the global veterinary profession in this position.


WVA trusts that the transition will go smoothly and will not affect its services to the members nor its collaboration with partners.


WVA wishes Zeev Noga much success in his new position and thanks Jan Vaarten for his contributions to the Association over the past decade.


WVA’s address and further contact details will not change.

 Note: the One Health Initiative team congratulates the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Dr. Zeev Noga, as WVA’s new CEO.  Our OHI team appreciates the WVA’s and Dr. Noga’s longstanding support and leadership in the worldwide One Health movement.

Three monumental challenges to our health: "... inextricably linked is the basis of a concept known as One Health. ..." - Friday, December 06, 2019
Three monumental challenges to our health
The idea that the health of humans and animals and the viability of ecosystems are inextricably linked is the basis of a concept known as One Health.
"...The idea that the health of humans and animals and the viability of ecosystems are inextricably linked is the basis of a concept known as One Health. In 2013, the One Health Aotearoa (OHA) alliance was established to bring together New Zealand’s top researchers from diverse disciplines. ... "


Duke One Health Newsletter - December Issue - Sunday, December 01, 2019

Duke One Health Newsletter - December Issue


SOULSBY FOUNDATION CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 “ONE HEALTH” FELLOWSHIPS - Press Release - November 25, 2019 - Saturday, November 30, 2019

PRESS RELEASE - 25th November, 2019



The Soulsby Foundation has opened a call for applications for the 2020 Travelling Fellowships Programme.

The Foundation supports talented veterinary and medical researchers at an early stage in their careers through these competitively awarded Travelling Fellowships in “One Health”.  Applicants must be affiliated to a biomedically relevant academic institution in the UK, USA, EU or Australasia.

Further information and application forms for the Fellowships may be found on-line at  The closing date for applications is 31st January, 2020.

The Soulsby Foundation was established in 2016 by Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, a pioneer and champion of the “One Health” concept which recognises the need to take a multidisciplinary approach to solving global and environmental health challenges.

Lord Soulsby treasured a similar travelling award early in his professional life which he considered to be the catalyst that consolidated his future impressive career. He always sought to inspire colleagues and students to view animal and human medicine as one continuous health-related tapestry and, as the only Past President of the RCVS to have also become President of the RSM, he constantly used this unique position to bring the two professions together.

He died in 2017 but his pioneering approach lives on in the work of the Foundation which carries his name. Further information about the Foundation can be found at:


Provided by:

Dr Judy MacArthur Clark CBE FRCVS, Chair, Board of Trustees – The Soulsby Foundation, 12 Aynsley Court, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9DU, UK; Tel: +44 1304 619665; +44 7961 255676; +1 979 402 5060. Email:  Website:  A charitable incorporated organisation, registered charity number 1174783

The One Health Umbrella - Friday, November 29, 2019

The ‘One Health Umbrella’ developed by the networks ‘One Health Sweden’ and ‘One Health Initiative’ to illustrate the scope of the ‘One Health concept’. Available on and previously published in Ref. (5). 

CDC Report Suggests Antibacterial Resistance Could Undo Almost A Century Of Progress - Sunday, November 24, 2019

"...In September at the United Nations General Assembly, HHS Secretary Alex Azar remarked that on behalf of the United States government, the U.S. was thankful that at the one-year mark of the CDC’s AMR Challenge (which includes a One Health approach) almost 35 countries have joined the collective fight to establish responsible antibiotic use, improve infection control, and partner to improve sanitation. Out of the more then 350 commitments to the movement, multinational organizations such as McDonalds and Yum! Brands are working to decrease the use of antibiotics in their meet and food production...."

CDC Report Suggests Antibacterial Resistance Could Undo Almost A Century Of Progress

According to the World Health Organization, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one the globe's top 10 public health threats. Noting that the ability to ...

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