'One World, One Health' Moving from Concept to Practice through Risk Communications (Canada)

posted Jun 3, 2014, 3:16 AM by Admin Web

The purpose of this workshop is to advance the concept of 'One World, One Health' through a three day policy dialogue and risk communications workshop to build capacity within the APEC region to address public health threats. Both components will relate to multi-stakeholder engagement in controlling infectious diseases. A combination of animal, human and environmental health experts, including communication specialists, are expected to participate in the event which will happen in Lima, Peru in August 2008 on the margins of SOM III.

'One Health, One World' Policy Dialogue - Moving from Concept to Practice

While the international community has long acknowledged the interaction between the environment, animal health and human health, until recently there has been no broad vision to inspire and guide efforts. The 'One World, One Health' concept - integrating the environment, animal health and human health ?was formally introduced in 2004 by the Wildlife Conservation Society and was a major theme of discussion at the 2007 International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza (IPAPI) meeting in India, and at the 2008 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. . The need for inter-sectoral collaboration has been underscored several times in recent years including combating H5N1 avian influenza and West Nile virus. This approach has now taken on a global context as diseases move around the globe through international trade and travel.

Many of the goals of good governance (early detection, transparency and rapid response) are the same for animal and human health systems, but training and other activities are often developed and conducted independently. In addition, the interaction between environmental changes and pressures, and human and animal health are not always considered when managing infectious disease events. Integrated approaches which include multiple sectors must be enabled and encouraged at all levels including national, regional and international levels.

The first part of the workshop involves a dialogue to help ensure a common understanding of the concept,and the benefits of its implementation in the context of APEC.

Once the concept has been defined, APEC economies will have an opportunity to share examples of emerging diseases which illustrate the interface between animals, the environment and humans and the need for a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder approach. These examples are expected to cover a broad spectrum of infectious diseases and will assist economies in learning about best practices and build their own ability to deal with outbreaks. Ultimately, the workshop aims to identify barriers and solutions to implementing a 'One World, One Health' approach.

Solutions will be directly relevant to building the capacity of developing economies as strategies incorporating 'One World, One Health' will contribute to streamlining programs, training and help promote integration across sectors which will improve preparedness for infectious disease events.

The business community and APEC economies will be asked to explore potential advantages of utilizing the 'One World, One Health' concept and, whenever possible, share experiences of substantial multi-sectoral collaboration.