The One Health European Joint Programme (OHEJP)
The One Health concept recognises that human health is tightly connected to the health of animals and the environment, for example that animal feed, human food, animal and human health, and environmental contamination are closely linked. Therefore the study of infectious agents that may cross species and environmental barriers to move between these compartments is imperative.
In line with the “Prevent-Detect-Respond” concept, the OHEJP reinforces collaboration between institutes by enhancing transdisciplinary cooperation and integration of activities, through the dedicated Joint Research Projects, Joint Integrative Project and education and training in the fields of Foodborne Zoonoses (FBZ), Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Emerging Threats (ET).
OHEJP: Collaboration and Integration across Europe
The OHEJP is an exemplar of the ‘One Health’ concept, as a landmark partnership between 44 acclaimed food, veterinary and medical laboratories and institutes across 22 member states in Europe, including the Med-Vet-Net-Association.
An interdisciplinary, integrative and international approach to One Health is essential to address the existing and emerging threats of zoonotic disease and antimicrobial resistance. Most of the 44 institutes have reference responsibilities, representing a sustainable framework for an integrated research community.
The OHEJP provides opportunities for harmonisation of approaches, methodologies, databases and procedures for the assessment and management of foodborne hazards, emerging threats and AMR across Europe, for improving the quality and compatibility of information for decision making. The Joint Research Projects (JRPs) and Joint Integrative Projects (JIPs) are key instruments that facilitate partner organisations working together and aligning their approaches,. Thus increasing their knowledge base of host-microbe interactions, and improving epidemiological studies and risk assessments, which ultimately equip risk managers with the best tools for intervention measures.
OHEJP: Management and Sustainability
The OHEJP aims to develop sustainable programmes and projects beyond the lifetime of the OHEJP, through its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, available through the OHEJP website. Engagement and expansion of our One Health networks is delivered through OHEJP official Twitter and LinkedIn channels.