Guest Author: Dr. Cheryl Stroud, executive director, One Health Commission
On November 3, individuals and groups around the world—from academia to corporations and non-profit organizations, and from students to established professionals—will have the opportunity to implement One Health projects and special events under the auspices of One Health Day.
These are expected to focus on many arenas falling under the purview of One Health, including comparative medicine and research, emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, the human-animal bond, and other inextricable interactions among animal, environmental and human health. The only requirement is that projects highlight the benefits of a transdisciplinary One Health approach toward solving today’s critical global health challenges.
Student groups from all disciplines are encouraged to participate and will have the option to compete for cash prizes and global recognition. All One Health Day projects can be registered online. Student-led initiatives also can be entered online into the One Health Day competition.
The AVMA is a founding member and long-standing leader and sponsor of the One Health Commission, which has partnered with the One Health Initiative’s autonomous pro bono team and the One Health Platform Foundation to create One Health Day.
As many in the animal health world know, One Health is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations in both research and applied sciences among agriculturalists, food producers, anthropologists, ecologists , environmental health scientists, engineers, human and animal healthcare providers, social scientists, and wildlife specialists. In today’s systems, such collaboration does not happen spontaneously. It requires that the veterinary profession—and others— create opportunities for direct interactions across the many disciplines needed to address today’s critical public, global and planetary health issues.
The One Health concept is increasingly accepted by international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), World Medical Association (WMA), World Veterinary Association (WVA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). An outstanding group of One Health textbooks and international professional One Health journals has also emerged.
The One Health concept supports the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, the U.S.-led Global Health Security Agenda, and the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report. Transdisciplinary synergisms achieved through One Health efforts will advance health for the 21st century and beyond. When implemented, the One Health approach will help sustain biodiversity, protect the planet and save untold millions of lives in present and future generations.
Be sure to visit the One Health Day website for updates on planned projects as the first global One Health Day on November 3 draws near.