"One Health" Definition
"One Health" is a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that investigates the relationship between humans, animals, the environment and health. This approach results from the idea that Global Health cannot be viewed in isolation; it is "dependent on a person's living environment, on factors such as education, the environment, climate, water and food" (BMZ Position 02/2019: Global health, an investment in the future).
The World Health Organization describes One Health as “an approach to designing and implementing programs, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes. The areas of work in which a One Health approach is particularly relevant include food safety, the control of zoonoses (diseases that can spread between animals and humans (…)) and combatting antibiotic resistance.” (WHO)
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