Three organizations and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have endorsed the definition of ‘One Health’ by the ‘One Health High Level Expert Panel’ (OHHLEP).
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). World Organization for Animal Health (OIE); The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have welcomed the newly formulated operational definition of ‘One Health’ by OHHLEP.
OHHLEP is made up of 28 independent experts selected by these four international organizations.
These four organizations are working together to mainstream One Health, so that they are better prepared to prevent, anticipate, detect and respond to global health threats and promote sustainable development.
Definition of ‘one health’
- One Health is a holistic and integrated approach.
- Its aim is to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems.
- It recognizes the health of humans, domestic and wildlife, plants and the wider environment (including ecosystems). They are interrelated and constitutive of each other.
- Under this approach, many regions, disciplines and communities are united at different levels of society. Its purpose is to work together to promote well-being and to address threats to health and the ecosystem.
- It addresses the collective need for clean water, credit and air, safe and nutritious food, to act on climate change and contribute to sustainable development.
Benefits of ‘One Health’:
- Promote convergence of action across segments and areas of expertise in the health sector.
- Addressing the complete process of disease control from disease prevention to detection, preparedness, response and management.
Source – The Hindu