Institutionalizing One Health: From Assessment to Action

Catherine C. Machalaba, Robert H. Salerno, Casey Barton Behravesh, Solomon Benigno, Franck C.J. Berthe, Stella Chungong, Sambe Duale, Ricardo Echalar, William B. Karesh, Henk Jan Ormel, Katharine Pelican, Mahmudur Rahman, Mark Rasmuson, Susan Scribner, John Stratton, Ludy Suryantoro, Chadia Wannous

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A One Health approach is critical to strengthening health security at country, regional, and global levels. However, operationally its uptake remains limited. Recent momentum in assessing capacity to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to disease threats has resulted in identification of gaps that require dedicated action. This article highlights relevant tools, standards, and guidance to assist countries and institutions in meeting the collective vision articulated at the 2018 Prince Mahidol Award Conference on Making the World Safe from the Threats of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Taking stock of assessment findings, resources, priorities, and implementation initiatives across human and animal health, environment and disaster risk reduction sectors can help expand participation in global health security, target risk drivers, and form synergies for collective action and shared gains for both emerging and endemic disease challenges. In addition to health security gains, a multisectoral, One Health approach can drive benefits for wider health sector and global development goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S37-S43
JournalHealth Security
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded in part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats-2 program. We thank Anocha ( Jane) Chuenwanta, Sara Lehman, and Khomkrit ( Jean) Phakdeemai for their valuable collaboration.

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright 2018, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers 2018.


  • Environmental detection
  • Global health security
  • International coordination
  • One Health
  • Zoonosis


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