Mind the gap – operationalizing One Health – December 9, 2021

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Join experts to discuss some of the key gaps in the One Health landscape.

About this event

The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled One Health into the spotlight of global health discussions around the globe. Governments and international organizations are endorsing and promoting a One Health approach to tackle and prevent pandemics stronger than ever. However, One Health is more than just pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

Diseases of zoonotic origin are only one of the many multidimensional challenges the world is currently facing. These challenges also include population growth, loss of biodiversity, and exacerbation of socio-economic inequalities. All of these have an impact on and are further negatively impacted by climate change. To adequately prevent and respond to such cross-sectoral problems, it is crucial that the fundamental interconnectedness of humans, animals and their shared environment is recognized by applying a One Health approach.

This event aims to highlight and discuss some of the key gaps in the One Health landscape to help prioritize and develop future activities. During two parallel breakout sessions speakers and audience will have the chance to take a deep dive into a thematic or an operational One Health issue. In one session, the role of neglected tropical diseases in the One Health landscape will be explored, while in the other the importance of and associated challenges with monitoring and evaluating One Health initiatives and programmes, will be examined. The overall event will be moderated by Cheryl Stroud from the One Health Commission.

Speakers include:

Breakout session: One Health agenda-setting: What is the role of Neglected Tropical Diseases on the One Health agenda?

• Prof. Louis Nel (GARC),

• Dr Bernadette Abela-Ridder (WHO)

• Prof Ramesh Masthi (Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences)

moderated by Dr Lea Knopf (GIZ)

Breakout session: What gets measured gets done: how do we measure the success of One Health?

• Dr Rohini Pande (World Bank)

• Constanze Riedle (International Alliance against Health Risks in Wildlife Trade)

• Dr Yewande Alimi (Africa CDC)


This event will take place on MS Teams and will be recorded. Language: English.

Event Start Date: December 9, 2021