Seminar Series 2017-18

The Pandemic Preparedness 7 Global Health Security Initiative launched a monthly series which started in the Fall of 2017.

The theme for the spring 2018 seminar series is "One Health Approaches to Disease Outbreaks." One Health recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. The goal of One Health is to encourage the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines-working locally, nationally, and globally-to achieve the best health for people, animals, and our environment.

For operational purposes, the World Bank and others define a collaborative One Health approach for strengthening systems to prevent, prepare, detect, respond to, and recover from infectious diseases and related hazards such as antimicrobial resistance, that threaten human health, animal health, and environmental health. One Health approach to surveillance and reporting is fundamental to improving global health security and development prospects. While using infectious diseases/AMR as a starting point, the scope of an operational definition of One Health can expand (e.g. to water and soil pollution, which have animal and environment connections).

A One Health approach is important because 60% of all infectious diseases in humans and 75% of emerging diseases are spread from animals. Moreover, 80% of bioterrorism agents are zoonotic.

Chicken Market

A chicken seller at a market in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam.

© 2005 Eric Thompson, Courtesy of Photoshare