FAO, OIE, and WHO launch a guide for countries on taking a One Health approach to addressing zoonotic diseases
Disease knows no boarders and zoonotic disease continues to be global threat to health, resulting in millions of deaths worldwide and significant economic losses each year. As global trade and travel expands, zoonotic disease poses an increasing risk to human, animal and environmental health across to globe; thus there is an increasing need for a ‘One Health’ approach to address these issues.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) released a guide in the 11th March entitled: Taking a Multisectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries. This guide provides principles, best practices and options to assist countries to achieve sustainable and functional collaborations at the human-animal-environmental interface. It is also dynamic enough to be applied to other health threats such as antimicrobial resistance and food safety.
These three organisations, known as the Tripartite organisations actively encourage countries to use this guide and work collaboratively across human, animal and environmental health sectors to improve health in a sustainable way by using a One Health approach to address zoonotic disease.
To find out more and to read this guide visit: http://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Media_Center/docs/EN_TripartiteZoonosesGuide_web.pdf