One Health Publications

Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) 2023 Report

October 31, 2023

The GPMB 2023 Report, ‘A Fragile State of Preparedness’, which is based for the first time on an analysis using the GPMB Monitoring Framework, finds that global preparedness for pandemics and other disease outbreaks remains inadequate. There have been some areas of progress since COVID-19 but this progress remains fragile, and some areas have declined, highlighting an urgent need for political commitment and increased resources. The Board makes four key recommendations to urgently strengthen global preparedness.


Also see Experts Recommend Attention to Key Global Health Matters: Will It Make a Difference? – Impakter – One Health Initiative

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Medical Sciences Forum | Free Full-Text | Proceedings of the International One Health Conference (

October 27, 2023


Health is a key aspect of our modern society that requires a multidisciplinary approach and that needs to bring together professionals, academics and decision makers in order to bridge the gap between current scientific knowledge and policies. The International One Health Conference: A systemic approach to manage urban and natural resources (One-Health 22) was held on 27–28 September 2022 in Catania (Italy) and aimed to share and discuss systemic approaches to One Health to efficiently manage urban and natural resources. The One health conceptual framework and its applications in the urban resilience domain and health care sector have been at the core of the congress’ dialogues. The Conference activated synergic dialogues among disciplinary research fields and action domains among researchers, experts and students.

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OSU veterinary researchers to test hundreds of wild animal species for SARS-CoV-2 | Oregon State University

October 27, 2023

“CORVALLIS, Ore. — Backed by a new cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, researchers at Oregon State University will soon begin testing approximately 1,600 wild animal specimens for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Researchers in OSU’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine want to learn which animal species can harbor and transmit the virus to better predict future zoonotic disease outbreaks, where a pathogen jumps from animals into humans. …”

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Sustainability | Free Full-Text | The “Noble Method®”: A One Health Approach for a Sustainable Improvement in Dairy Farming (

October 25, 2023


“… In this review, the most recent studies on Noble Method® are depicted, showing that, besides the nutritional proprieties of dairy products, the method is able to improve animal welfare, human health and environmental sustainability, thus falling within a “One Health” approach. …”

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One health approach to toxocariasis in quilombola communities of southern Brazil | Parasites & Vectors | Full Text (

October 23, 2023


The high seroprevalence observed in quilombola communities of southern Brazil suggested high exposure to toxocariasis. The high vulnerability and close human-soil contact observed here as risk factors demand a One Health approach for detection, monitoring, and prevention of Toxocara spp. infection in both human and dog populations. Furthermore, educational improvement is necessary to prevent toxocariasis and other zoonotic infections.

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Bhutan: How a Poor Land-locked Country Is a Model for the Rich and Powerful – Impakter

October 23, 2023

The first carbon-negative country in the world sets an example for the developed world, with a better, more sustainable pathway for the future  

By **Richard Seifman, JD, MBA, Dipl. Dipl. AVOHS (Hon.) –  October 23, 2023 in Society


“… Despite such “lapses” of modern measures of national drive and strength, Bhutan has found a different kind of life vision. It has famously created the notion of the Gross National Happiness index and is the first country to achieve carbon-neutral status. It is actively pursuing a One Health approach to better protect its people, animals, plants, and the environment. …”

“… It has also shown concern regarding the interface between humans, animals, plants, and the environment and issued the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing its One Health Strategic Plan to prevent emerging or reemerging infectious diseases. …”


**Member One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ *Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH ▪ Thomas M. Yuill, PhD ▪ Helena J. Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD ▪ Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD ▪ Becky Barrentine, MBA ▪ Richard Seifman, JD, MBA  *Deceased November 6, 2020

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Lisa Conti One Health Research Showcase, Wednesday November 1, 2023

October 20, 2023

Lisa Conti One Health Research Showcase, Wednesday November 1, 2023








November 7, 2020

Dr. Lisa A. Conti, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Science Officer, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and before that Division Director of  Environmental Health, Florida State Public Health Veterinarian and State HIV/AIDS Surveillance Coordinator, the Florida Department of Health (USA)


 The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team is deeply saddened to report the November 6th death of our beloved friend and extraordinary One Health colleague, Dr. Lisa A. Conti (1963-2020).


At this time, the One Health Initiative team (OHI) chooses to think about and praise Dr. Lisa A. Conti’s unparalleled contributions to the national and international One Health movement while celebrating her public health leadership over the years.  Included among many highlights during her illustrious global public health career was her co-writing and co-editing of the first truly landmark One Health textbook “Human-Animal Medicine – Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and other Shared Health Risks”: Click Here :: – 1st Edition (2010).”


On a daily basis Lisa was always available to contribute sage advice and counsel to innumerable One Health Initiative team endeavors over the years.  Without fanfare, Lisa represented the OHI team in countless national and international speaking commitments.  Included among these were travel to Romania, South Korea, Nairobi, Bangkok, Stockholm, London, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Madrid, Quatar, UAE, and Saskatoon.  She was widely admired and appreciated for helping to encourage and edit many professional One Health journal articles and book chapters.


It was routine at all times for Lisa to generously respond promptly—without any hesitation or reservation—to any and all requests for assistance in managing and editing the One Health Initiative website.  Essentially, all early and recent significant advances in the worldwide One Health movement by the OHI team reflect Lisa’s presence and engagements in the cause.  She was and is irreplaceable and shall be profoundly missed.


 Please see BIOGRAPHIES OF Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH – View bio and


A Lisa Conti One Health fund has been established at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine:  “… Lisa, never, ever lost sight that any achievement attributed to her was a group effort, and felt extraordinarily lucky to be part of a transdisciplinary team of excellent mentors and dedicated colleagues working toward salubrious solutions.”


Note: No words can adequately express personal feelings for the loss of our dear special cherished wonderful friend and colleague—a truly unique and precious human being— who struggled over three years with a valiant battle against ovarian cancer.  Our immediate thoughts go out to her husband, son, many loyal friends and co-workers at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and before that the Florida Department of Health (USA).

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Rift Valley Fever — The Need for an Integrated Response | NEJM

October 19, 2023

“… The current international response to RVFV relies predominantly on the One Health approach, which involves collaboration, coordination, and communication among communities, physicians, environmental health experts, and veterinarians to prevent and contain outbreaks.4…”

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World Health Organization (WHO) assesses how human health and natural environment are linked

October 18, 2023

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, awareness of zoonotic diseases has increased everywhere. These illnesses can be transmitted from animals to human beings. Chronic diseases too are often linked to ecological problems. Healthcare planners should therefore pay more attention to environmental issues, demands a policy paper that was prepared on behalf of the World Health Organization’s European Regional Office.


The One Health approach emphasizes the interdependency of human, animal and environmental health. More and better cooperation of medical doctors with veterinarians and eco-scientists is important. According to the WHO paper, however, policymakers who focus on health issues tend to neglect the expertise of the latter two groups.

The WHO authors list three main reasons why this must change:

  • The natural environment is a reservoir in which substances and nutrients accumulate and circulate. Human-caused pollution with toxins, antibiotics or pathogens eventually finds its way into human bodies.
  • Many environmental dynamics have impacts on human health and depend on ecosystems which have been modified by human action. As a result, illnesses evolve faster and pathogen populations increase.
  • Environmental interactions lead to genes, pathogens and chemicals being transmitted between humans and animals with impacts on bodies’ immune systems.  …”

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One Health High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) (

October 18, 2023

“The scope, magnitude and global impact of the emerging infectious diseases we face today, most of them zoonotic in origin, are unprecedented. The need for a One Health approach to address the different challenges related to public, animal and environmental health is indisputable and a clear example of this is antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance (hereafter AMR) has a major clinical, epidemiological and microbiological impact and needs to be addressed from a single or “One Health” perspective. This approach recognises that human and animal health are interdependent and linked to the ecosystems and environment in which they coexist. …”

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The Virus Hunters | Duke Today

October 17, 2023

“… Paietta’s work is part of a larger 10-year effort, organized by a nonprofit called Health in Harmony in collaboration with the local community living around the reserve.


Paietta and the Health in Harmony team meet with Takoandra villagers to discuss the virus surveillance project.


The idea is to look at how improving people’s access to food and healthcare also affects biodiversity, deforestation, and disease transmission in the area.


We’re using a ‘One Health’ approach that looks at the intersection between human health, animal health and environmental health,” since they’re interconnected, Paietta said. …”

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Global One-Health debate is not properly balanced (

October 15, 2023

“Evidence-based policy

Global One-Health debate is not properly balanced

One Health has become a hot topic in international debate. Experts have emerged over night, and some of them actually lack proper training as well as an understanding of the concept’s history. What humankind now really needs is international cooperation that pays close attention to the experience of low- and middle-income countries. …”


“The modern scientific concept of One Health (OH) has been evolving for over two decades. The term stands for an integrated transdisciplinary approach. It recognises that human health is closely linked to the health of animals, plants and the environment. …”

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New coalition to target viral spillovers | CIDRAP (

October 13, 2023

CIDRAP – University of Minnesota

As such, adopting a One Health approach when addressing viral pandemic threats is imperative,” authors wrote in The Lancet. Spillovers are a …

New coalition to target viral spillovers – CIDRAP – University of Minnesota

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