One Health refers to the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. Although the usefulness of the One Health approach is widely appreciated, thanks to a growing body of evidence, its uptake remains limited and health management is still largely organized by sector.
How, then, can One Health proponents build a compelling business case for it? A new article published in the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research (23 April 2014) may be of help; it outlines a pathway to develop the business case for One Health.
It also identifies five key areas where One Health is likely to make a difference. These are:
- sharing health resources between the medical and veterinary sectors;
- controlling zoonotic diseases in animal reservoirs;
- early detection of and response to emerging diseases;
- prevention of pandemics; and
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