One Health Publications

Health Threats: Can We Do Better in the Future?

December 4, 2021

“… The Need for a Geopolitical Shift in Global Health

In September 2021, this video message from the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom was recorded for “Toward a pandemic treaty”, a meeting hosted by the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, USA. He broadly delineated what was needed for a geopolitical shift in global health – including attention to One Health – preparing the ground for discussions at the upcoming World Health Assembly two months later.

This is how we got to this point – moving towards stronger global preparedness and pandemic response. …”

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Why stopping deforestation must be a priority for public health

November 27, 2021

“ … Why do public health leaders overlook the destruction of nature? We suspect there are two reasons.

First, traditional academic disciplines constrain thinking around complex issues such as infectious disease emergence. While epidemiologists increasingly embrace interdisciplinary public health approaches such as “One Health,” public announcements in support of these approaches often lack details on how to achieve desired outcomes or, when they include them, focus on what to do after a pathogen has already spilled over into humans rather than preventing spillovers in the first place.

Second, public health leaders in government often focus on short-term victories that mirror political timelines rather than long-term efforts with impacts that are more difficult to quantify. It’s harder to prove the public health benefits of protecting the Amazon rainforest over a decade than it is to build diagnostic laboratories or administer vaccines. …”

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Antimicrobial Resistance Emerges as a Slow Pandemic and the Biggest Threat to Global Health, Warn Speakers of Amrita University’s ALARM 2021 International Colloquium

November 26, 2021

Published on November 26, 2021

The youth wing of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (AYUDH) organises bicycle rallies – with the theme, “Cycle Against AMR—Go Blue”, across the country and abroad to create awareness among the public about the need for hygiene practices, and avoidance of misuse of antibiotics to contain antimicrobial resistance.

“ … Dr. Bipin Nair, Dean, Amrita School of Biotechnology, in his welcome address emphasized the need for adopting ‘One Health’, a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach, which envisages the health of not only people but also animals, plants, and the shared environment. Delivering his keynote address, Dr. Victor Nizet, University of California, UC San Diego School of Medicine, said that antimicrobial resistance represents a complex global problem, which needs innovative and effective remedies as well as collective action through international cooperation.  …”



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The ‘One Health’ Challenge

November 26, 2021

Home > Cover Story > Connecting the Dots >The University of Hong Kong

November 2021   |   Volume 23 No. 1

 Health threats from animal and environmental sources are on the rise – not just from COVID-19, but antimicrobial resistance and other infectious diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). HKU academics have been at the forefront producing collaborative, multidisciplinary research to identify and control these threats.




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New FAO-OIE-UNEP-WHO platform to tackle human, animal and environmental health challenges

November 22, 2021

“… Operationalizing the One Health approach is essential to better prevent, detect and control diseases that spread between animals and humans, to tackle AMR, to reduce food safety risks, to prevent environment-related human and animal health threats, and to combat other challenges.

Implementing this approach is critical for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. …”

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021: An Interview with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

November 20, 2021


It is said that to tackle AMR a ‘One Health Approach’ is needed. Can you describe what is meant by this and how it would work?

The causes and impacts of AMR are linked to human, animal, and environmental health. There are resistant microorganisms in humans, animals, food, and the environment that can move in the ecosystem. The main driver of this resistance is the use of antimicrobials in human, animal health, and food animal production. Therefore, addressing AMR requires a holistic and multi-sectoral approach – referred to as the “One Health” approach.

One Health promotes coordination and collaboration of human, animal, plant, and environmental health programs, aiming to improve prevention and response of health threats, such as AMR, that arise from the interconnection between humans, animals, and the environment.

Solutions implemented through the One Health approach gather diverse specialties to work together.     By designing and implementing multi-sectoral programs, policies, legislation, and research with individuals working in human, terrestrial and aquatic animal and plant health, in food and feed production, and environmental issues, AMR can be effectively addressed and broadly communicated to achieve better One Health outcomes.  …”


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Creating dangerous viruses in the lab is a bad way to guard against future pandemics

November 19, 2021

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By Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP | November 19, 2021

 “ … There are other less risky ways of preventing pandemics than conducting gain-of-function research on pathogens. Many pathogens capable of causing human outbreaks originate in animals, and surveillance of wild and domestic animals for signs of illness makes sense. This is the One Health approach. With One Health, the goal is to prevent the spread of deadly zoonotic microbes into humans through improved communication and collaboration between human and veterinary medicine.

Preventing pandemics through rapid identification and response is an important goal; the One Health approach that emphasizes animal and human health and disease surveillance is the key to doing this, not risky gain-of-function research.”



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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Brings Together Community Leaders, Students and Faculty to Celebrate One Health Day

November 17, 2021

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Posted: Tuesday 16 November, 2021 at 12:44 PM

By: (RUSVM), Press Release

One Health’s integrated approach to animal health, human health and environmental health is increasingly seen as vital to healthy communities; RUSVM’s involvement with Nov. 3 global event represents its commitment to coordinating with St. Kitts and Nevis government to advance these efforts

ST. KITTS – Nov. 12, 2021 – In recognition of the global One Health movement, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) recently brought together community leaders, researchers, faculty and students to highlight initiatives that use a One Health, multi-disciplinary approach to recognizing and preventing patterns of disease transmission that are a result of changing ecosystems around the world. …

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When the Supreme Court Ruled a Vaccine Could Be Mandatory

November 14, 2021

“In 1901 a deadly smallpox epidemic tore through the Northeast, prompting the Boston and Cambridge boards of health to order the vaccination of all residents. But some refused to get the shot, claiming the vaccine order violated their personal liberties under the Constitution. …

… The Supreme Court rejected Jacobson’s argument and dealt the anti-vaccination movement a stinging loss. Writing for the majority, Justice John Marshall Harlan acknowledged the fundamental importance of personal freedom, but also recognized that “the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand.

This decision established what became known as the “reasonableness” test. The government had the authority to pass laws that restricted individual liberty, if those restrictions—including the punishment for violating them—were found by the Court to be a reasonable means for achieving a public good.”


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COVID-19 Podcasts and Webinars … The Osterholm Update: COVID-19

November 12, 2021

 Relevant webinars and audio podcasts by subject matter experts. Each focuses on a specific area of interest within the topic of COVID-19.

You asked for CIDRAP and Osterholm Update: #COVID19 podcast merchandise, and now it’s available for purchase at the MN Alumni Market. It’s a memorable way to support our efforts. Thank you for your support!



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SEAOHUN Executive Director Dr. Vipat Kuruchittham: We Must Be United to Stop Future Pandemics

November 12, 2021

“You must invest in preparedness, and especially in human resources and in promoting One Health. Let’s all collaborate—ministries, universities, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector—to develop our One Health workforce, generate evidence-based information for policymakers, and maintain public health surge capacity.” Dr. Vipat Kuruchittham said at STOP Spillover’s Field Notes Blog.


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A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

November 11, 2021


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People and canines suffer horribly from the disease, caused by a fungus spreading through the increasingly dry US Southwest.



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