Scaling up One Health approaches

Project Details

One Health reflects the interaction between human health, animal health and the environment. It considers the interdependent needs of different populations and sectors of the economy in securing human, animal and environmental wellbeing, and how this is addressed by governance, decision-making processes structures and processes, communication, and actions across institutions and communities. Such an approach is critical to supporting outbreak preparedness, and health security more generally, as many major existing diseases and emerging pathogens arise in animals and/or are compounded by changing agricultural practices and ecosystems.

GMS countries are at high risk for outbreaks of infectious disease, particularly zoonoses, and for transmission across borders, by virtue of their predominantly tropical climates and agroecologies, large rural populations with close, frequent close contact with domestic and wild animals, and consumption of wild animals in some food chains. There is a history of emerging infectious disease (EID) in the GMS region, including SARS and Nipah virus in recent decades, and the current epidemic of COVID-19 is a timely reminder of this risk. The porous borders and close interconnection of the GMS countries further increases the risk of spread and emphasise that regional cooperation is a cornerstone of effective health security.

This project aims to provide technical support to strengthen cooperation in the health sector among countries of the GMS currently being supported through the Strengthening Regional Health Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion project.

Objectives

  • Create  an integrated multisectoral  business model for One Health
  • Provide regional resources  supporting One Health in the GMS
  • Collaborative guidelines for using One Health approaches to improve outbreak  detection and response

Researchers

Project Lead

Dr Angus Campbell

Project Team

Professor Barbara McPake

Professor Ajay Mahal

Dr Krishna Hort

Clare Strachan

Collaborators

Professor Mark Stevenson

Dr Xuefeng Zhong

Professor Shenglan Tang

Jeremy Miller

Funding

Asian Development Bank


Research Group

One Health




Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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