One Health Publications

Makerere University takes lead in fight against zoonotic diseases (independent.co.ug)

April 1, 2024

Promotes ‘One Health’ approach to engage frontline communities

“Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE  | Uganda has embraced the ‘One Health’ approach in order to be able to predict, prepare and effectively respond to public health challenges.

 

Clovice Kankya, an Associate Professor at Makerere University says the “One Health approach” entails collaboration of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optional health for people, animals, and the environment. …I know that human beings often take precedence in whatever programmes we come up with but we need to really advocate for the role the environment plays in the One Health approach because if we don’t prevent, we are bound to get more of what we are experiencing right now.”

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UTMB One Health Newsletter – Issue 26, April 2024

April 1, 2024

Save the Dates: April 21 – 23, 2024

Our international Symposium Planning Committee of 22 diverse experts have designed a program which engages leaders in agricultural industry, public health, veterinary health, food safety, and environmental health institutions in this One Health oriented symposium. The symposium will be unique in that food productions experts will be centrally featured with the goal of identifying common ground from which new interdisciplinary research partnerships might arise and lead to better food resilience. We will also feature a poster competition with monetary awards.

For more information, please visit: https://www.utmb.edu/one-health/events/international-one-health-symposium/welcome-symposium

Contact UTMBOneHealth@utmb.edu for registration information.

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Dr. Samira Mubareka named Applied Public Health Chair – Sunnybrook Research Institute

March 29, 2024

Dr. Samira Mubareka, infectious disease physician, medical microbiologist and scientist at Sunnybrook, has received an Applied Public Health Chair, co-funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). …”

 

“… The focus of Dr. Mubareka’s Chair is to use a One Health approach that examines the interconnections between humans, animals and their environment in order to develop adaptive and innovative approaches to prevent zoonotic pathogen spillover between species. This builds on collaborative research with wildlife disease ecologists, computational biologists, epidemiologists, virologists, and many other colleagues in human and animal health.

 

The honour highlights Dr. Mubareka’s ongoing leadership in One Health, pandemic response, and surveillance of viral zoonoses like SARS-CoV-2. In the past few years, she has chaired the Royal Society of Canada’s COVID-19 Task Force’s One Health Working Group, and collaboratively co-founded a multidisciplinary research collective, the Wildlife Emerging Pathogen Initiative (Wild EPI). In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Mubareka and colleagues isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a Level 3 containment facility, which helped researchers in Canada develop better diagnostic testing, treatments and vaccines and gain a better understanding of SARS-CoV-2 biology. Dr. Mubareka will continue working with the Royal Society of Canada and other key partners on knowledge mobilization around One Health.  …”

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Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Jonna Mazet Talks Emerging Health Threats at Sonenshine Lecture | Old Dominion University (odu.edu)

March 28, 2024

“… Dr. Mazet’s spoke to ODU students and faculty at her first lecture. The topic of her talk was on “Using One Health to Rank the Risk of Spillovers & Pandemic Potential for Novel Viruses.” Her talk centered around utilizing a One Health approach to emerging health threats including newly appeared or previously viral diseases that are increasing in incidence. She gave examples of various activities that occurred during the COVID-19 global pandemic but concluded with the observation that we have changed nothing to prevent or address things that could be applied to the next pandemic. Students and faculty asked questions at the completion of her talk and Dr. Mazet carefully and thoughtfully answered each and every question posed. Throughout the course of her visit on campus, Dr. Mazet also met with many graduate students. “She provided some excellent mentoring during her talks with the many graduate students interested in One Health in the Department,” said Holly Gaff, chair of ODU’s Department of Biological Sciences. …”

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Where should “Humans” be in “One Health”? Lessons from COVID-19 for One Health | Globalization and Health | Full Text (biomedcentral.com)

March 26, 2024

Abstract

The culling of animals that are infected, or suspected to be infected, with COVID-19 has fuelled outcry. What might have contributed to the ongoing debates and discussions about animal rights protection amid global health crises is the lack of a unified understanding and internationally agreed-upon definition of “One Health”. The term One Health is often utilised to describe the imperative to protect the health of humans, animals, and plants, along with the overarching ecosystem in an increasingly connected and globalized world. However, to date, there is a dearth of research on how to balance public health decisions that could impact all key stakeholders under the umbrella of One Health, particularly in contexts where human suffering has been immense. To shed light on the issue, this paper discusses whether One Health means “human-centred connected health” in a largely human-dominated planet, particularly amid crises like COVID-19. The insights of this study could help policymakers make more informed decisions that could effectively and efficiently protect human health while balancing the health and well-being of the rest of the inhabitants of our shared planet Earth.

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The Pandemic Agreement Draft: Will It Fully Embrace One Health? – Impakter

March 25, 2024

Animal health, biodiversity, ecological, environmental and plant health are key to addressing existing and future infectious disease risks

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One Health Happenings – Volume 11, No. 3, March 24, 2024

March 25, 2024

One Health Commission

Volume 11, No. 3, March 24, 2024

Sharing news from mid-February to mid-March 2024

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Surprising Vietnam: Promise and Paradox – Impakter

March 18, 2024

“… There have been subsequent avian flu outbreaks, but continued surveillance, reporting, and actions to contain the spread have meant far less cost and economic impact to those who raise flocks and society as a whole.

 

This is a good example of how a multisectoral One Health approach in addressing emerging infections of animal origin, as well as plant and environmental health, can be invaluable on many levels. …”

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Can the UN impose sanctions on SA? You bet it can… and One Health may be the tipping point (bizcommunity.com)

March 16, 2024

The United Nations Environment Assembly (Unea) this year embraced the theme of One Health, which recognises the interdependence of human-, animal-, and environmental health

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Navigating the Complexities of COVID-19’s Origins (contagionlive.com)

March 16, 2024

… “From an outbreak perspective, we need to know the source so we can prevent it in the future,” says Popescu. “If you look at the likelihood that it is a zoonotic spillover event, then we can focus on addressing that from a One Health perspective, we can look at increasing biosurveillance, we can look at the risks from deforestation and climate change that are increasing, you know, animal habitats changing and our interactions with animals.

It suggests that focusing on the virus’s likely zoonotic nature guides preventive measures and promotes a view of pandemic preparedness. It sees the discussion as a chance to improve global health security through better collaboration and information exchange.  …

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