Celebrating One Health Day 2017

Published on 2 November 2017

The second international One Health Day is marked on Friday 3 November – drawing attention to the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health.

Bernard Bett/ILRI

More than 60 per cent of emerging infectious diseases affecting people have their origin in wildlife or livestock (zoonoses) with factors driving their spread including climate change, land-use change and the massive expansion of towns and cities. As well as presenting a threat of global disease outbreak, as in the cases of, for example, Ebola or avian flu, these zoonoses can devastate the lives and livelihoods of some of the poorest people.

One Health recognises this – and the consequent pressing need for a holistic approach to disease research, policy and control. Only by collaborating across sectors and disciplines, and considering animal and environmental health alongside human health, can zoonotic disease be tackled, and better and more effective poverty and public health interventions emerge.

IDS researchers connected to the ESRC STEPS Centre are currently offering social science insight in One Health research projects in Tanzania, with the Livestock, Livelihoods and Health programme, and in Myanmar, with the Myanmar Pig Partnership.

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Image credit: Bernard Bett/ILRI

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