One Health Publications

One Health and Well-Being – Inspiring a Global Unity of Purpose

October 24, 2021

How the concept of One Health draws a path towards a more sustainable world – Excerpt from George Lueddeke’s latest book SURVIVAL

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A Reflection on Animals, Nature and the Human Condition:  A ONE HEALTH FOR ONE EARTH MANIFESTO

October 21, 2021

By Dr. Michael W. Fox*

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” –Helen Keller.



The recovery of our sanity and humanity to make informed, science and ethics-based decisions for the greater good and the good of the Commons will help heal us, the planet and all our relations. This One Health initiative must be the primary agenda of civil society which I pray every nation state and community will embrace and include under the rule of law.( For details visit . Nature is not something that is separate from us: We are part of Nature. When we poison the environment is it no surprise to find poisons in mothers’ wombs and milk?

. . .  would be a good beginning toward living in harmony with all life, the spiritual root of One Health and the antidote to our pathogenic anthropocentrism. Indeed, Global Sustainability via a One Health approach as a moral compass is critical to our planet’s survival and thereby ourselves.


*The author is a veterinarian with doctoral degrees in ethology/animal behavior and medical science from the University of London, England. He is a member of the British Veterinary Association, Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and writes the U.S. syndicated newspaper column Animal Doctor. He acknowledges the helpful comments by Dr. Bruce Kaplan, DVM, Dipl. AVES (Hon.), CDC/EIS63 Contents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative Website, Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website in the completion of this article.

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2021 AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture: Zoonotic Diseases and the Role of Agricultural Research in Preventing Future Pandemics

October 20, 2021

One Health in Action:

The Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture is a collaboration between AAASRMF, and the World Food Prize Foundation. The annual lecture welcomes distinguished speakers to explore the environmental and societal challenges facing our planet through the lens of agricultural innovation and its applications in a global context. This year’s virtual lecture will focus on zoonotic diseases and the role of agricultural research in preventing future pandemics and feature addresses by Dr. Andrew Peter Dobson, Princeton University; Dr. Xiang-Jin Meng, Virginia Tech; and, Dr. James A. Roth, Iowa State University. 

Remarks will be followed by a panel discussion and live Q&A session moderated by Ilaria Capua, DVM, Ph.D., Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the One Health Center of Excellence, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.


Andrew Peter Dobson, D.Phil., is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Dr. Dobson is also external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, external A.D. White Professor at Cornell University, and a visiting Chair in Sustainable Development at IMéRA at the University of Aix-Provence in Marseille.

Xiang-Jin MengMD, MS, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Meng is also a Professor of Internal Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Founding Director of the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic and Arthropod-borne Pathogens (CeZAP) at Virginia Tech.

James A. RothDVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVM, is the Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Dr. Roth is also the Director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health and the Executive Director of the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics.


A recording of the lecture was provided October 19, 2021 to the One Health Initiative website by:

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Brain Health, One Health, and COVID-19

October 19, 2021

Neuroepidemiology  DOWNLOAD FULLTEXT PDF

Editorial Open Access Gateway

The authors offer this concluding statement:

“We call on decision-makers to seriously think about making One Health
the new norm across the various sectors while inventing and implementing
equitable economic systems that have human, animal and environmental health at
their cores.  Our failure to heed the wake-up call of COVID-19 and rethink
our relationship with all life on this planet will not only impact negatively
on brain health but may ultimately result in the unwitting extermination of all
or a good part of our species.”

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C20 Summit 2021 6.10 Operationalising One Health: the case for investing in animal health

October 18, 2021

The event leads to G20 recommendations in the pursuit of operationalising One Health: an increase in the numbers of animal health workforce as well as providing effective training and upskilling; access to a reliable supply of safe and effective medicines to treat animals, as well as vaccines to prevent zoonotic, and non-zoonotic disease; work with animal owners to support a global early warning surveillance system that proactively identifies risk; development, implementation and resourcing of national one health plans that encourage the pooling of resources between human health, animal health and environmental health. Side event promoted by Action for Animal Health coalition.



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Study reveals the zoonotic potential of the rat Sialodacryoadenitis virus

October 14, 2021

Following the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the virus responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there has been a significant increase in research focused on zoonoses.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Intelligence Era: What Next?

October 10, 2021

George Lueddeke

BY *Dr. George R. Lueddeke [Ph.D., MEd, Dipl. AVES (Hon.)] is an education advisor in higher, medical and One Health education and leads the international One Health for One Planet Education initiative (1 HOPE) in association with national and global organisations.

*Member One Health Initiative team’s Advisory Board

Will decision-makers have the political will and leadership capacity to make the world more sustainable or will self-interest prevail?  – Excerpt from George Lueddeke’s Latest Book SURVIVAL


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First Issue Published of Latest [New] Open-Access “Journal One Health & Implementation Research” Volume 1, Issue 1

October 8, 2021

The One Health Initiative team has been notified that the most recent First Edition of “One Health” journals, the Journal of One Health and Implementation Research”, Volume 1, Issue 1, an Open-Access” journal has been published and can be read at

There are six articles in the first issue of the journal. You may refer to detailed individual article information in


Provided October 8, 2021 by:

Hanlie Su, Editor of the journal One Health & Implementation Research, with the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Jorg Heukelbach

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Commission pushes global health board, resists WHO-FAO merger [most important recommendation is to embed the concept of “one health”]

October 5, 2021


By Vince ChadwickJenny Lei Ravelo // 16 September 2021

“… Martin McKee, chair of the commission’s scientific advisory board, told reporters that the most important recommendation is to embed the concept of “one health” — recognizing the importance of addressing threats to human health but also plants, animals, and the environment — at all levels.

This will require better coordination and collaboration among international agencies, such as WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Organisation for Animal Health, also known as OIE. But the commission stopped short of recommending a merger of some of these institutions, as had been advocated by some members. …

… “But ultimately each of these organisations has responsibilities beyond those that intersect and has its own policy and knowledge community to work with and bring to the One Health table — and a full merger could make it harder rather than easier to bring all these domains together,” he wrote. …”

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One Health Happenings News Notes – September 2021

October 2, 2021

Sharing News gathered in September 2021
One Health Happenings
One Health Happenings News Notes is prepared and shared monthly by the

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2021 ERA-NET Co-fund Call on International Co-ordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD) ‘One Health Approach to Zoonoses Research & Innovation’

October 1, 2021

From Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Published on 1 October 2021 Last updated on 1 October 2021

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) invites eligible Irish Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) to submit joint research proposals under the European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Co-fund for International Co-ordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD) with a ‘One Health Approach to Zoonoses Research & Innovation’.




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That Personal Freedom Thing

October 1, 2021

What it means in pandemic times: How far do your obligations to fellow citizens go?


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Action for Animal Health coalition – Civil Society 20 Summit on operationalizing One Health: making the case for Animal Health

September 29, 2021



Date and time: Wednesday 6 October 2021, 11am – 12pm (BST) / 12pm – 1pm (CEST)

Location: virtual (a Zoom link will be sent to registered participants)

Organisers: Action for Animal Health coalition

This is a free side event at the G20 Civil Society 20 Summit 2021. French and Spanish translation will be available.


The devastating consequences of COVID-19 have turned the world’s attention to growing threats of zoonoses (infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans). Today, 75% of new human infectious diseases emerge from animals.

The solution lies in the One Health concept, which takes a holistic approach to human, animal and environmental health. The G20 is increasingly interested in One Health as a way to prevent and prepare for pandemics, while combatting emerging threats such as anti-microbial resistance. 

But animal health systems have suffered historical underinvestment. The G20 must strengthen and invest in animal health systems if governments want to effectively implement the One Health approach.

In this session, experts from civil society and multilaterals will discuss the transformative potential of One Health and why robust animal health systems are critical to putting it into practice. Please join us to ensure that the G20 commit to build a sustainable and healthy future for people, animals and the planet alike.

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One Health Day Continues!!!!!

September 29, 2021

September 28, 2021
For Immediate Release
Call for Celebrations and Submission of Events for the

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The Agriculture Department finds good use for millions of dollars to monitor animals and protect people | Federal News Network

September 28, 2021


[Dr.] Michael Watson: Actually, APHIS has already provided crucial support for SARS-CoV-2 testing in animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. And I mentioned before, confirming infections in mink as well as many other species. And so, our wildlife services unit actually does do testing in wildlife species. So that that’s part of their mission and our veterinary services unit does the work with captive species. And so, it is our mission to test wild and captive species. But as you mentioned, it does require a broader scope of work across the federal government and our partner. So, what we want to utilize is a one health approach. And a one health approach embraces the idea that the complex problems that affect health of humans, animals and the environment, are best solved during improved communication, cooperation, and collaboration across disciplines and sectors. And so we look to partner with those agencies working to protect animal health, public health and environmental health, including wildlife. And this will include at the federal level, CDC, Department of Interior, FDA, and other partners. This also includes work with tribal nations. At the state level, in addition to animal health partners, we look at state wildlife and public health agencies as well. So it’s kind of an all encompassing view. So it’s a public health part, animal health and wildlife health as well. So it’s all three components that we’re looking at.  …”




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What’s The UN General Assembly Got to Do With It?

September 23, 2021

Richard Seifman - Board Member, United Nations Association-National Capital Areaby *Richard Seifman – Board Member, United Nations Association-National Capital Area  September 23, 2021  ImpactPolitics & Foreign AffairsUnited Nations

  • Public Advocacy: 

” … For many years, an impending UN General Assembly that always happens in September, galvanizes international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to accelerate advocacy and action. Many prepare special documents explicitly for framing the global issues for future speakers, debates, and the discussion to come.

One such NGO is the Stimson Center which produced “Building Back Together Greener: Twenty Initiatives for a Just, Healthy, and Sustainable Global Recovery.”  While the title focuses on climate change concerns, the proposed initiatives run the gamut from **Adopting a new global digit deal to Zoonotics, which is part of the human/animal/ecosystem interface, in other words, One Health …”

* Member, One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team’s Advisory Board

** See Section 5 and paragraph 11 in the Executive Summary for the explicit One Health recommendation and go to page 46 and paragraph 5.1 for more detail.

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