Australian International One Health Leader Supports One Health Institute of Medicine (IOM) Study
June 17, 2011:
Dr. Martyn Jeggo, veterinarian and international One Health leader from Australia, sent this letter http://alturl.com/ewqmu supporting an Institute of Medicine (IOM) One Health study/report on the same day that the National Academies of Practice (NAP) http://www.napractice.org/index.cfm sent a letter of support (http://alturl.com/gp778) written to Secretaries of Health and Human Services (Kathleen Sebelius) and Homeland Security (Janet Napolitano). Both letters endorsed the original One Health Proposal letter http://alturl.com/kv7y8 sent by Drs. Ralph Richardson and Tom Monath to Secretaries Sebelius and Napolitano.
Martyn Jeggo, B.Vet.Med., PhD is the director of CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory. Dr. Jeggo chaired the Organizing Committee of the first International Congress of One Health held in Melbourne, Australia in February 2011. By all accounts the meeting was highly successful with an attendance of over 650 delegates worldwide (about 24 countries represented). See http://www.onehealth2011.com/congress.php.
To date, while representatives from both U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security have expressed strong support for One Health, none have addressed the request to help provide funding for the critically needed One Health IOM study/report. This relatively modest investment (approximately $1.2 million) is considered essential to help ensure reasonably rapid implementation and institutionalization of the life protecting and life saving One Health concept.
The One Health Initiative team urges One Health supporters/advocates to write letters of support to the White House and members of their U.S. Congressional delegations, i.e. U.S. Senators and Representatives. One Health principles are commonsense and non-partisan.