The One Health concept is based on the recognition that human and animal health are inextricably linked. Humans and animals have socio-economic interactions through direct physical contact, the food chain and the environment. Therefore, the health and well-being of all species can only be safeguarded by enhancing cooperation and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific health professionals. This will be achieved by effectively coupling the know-how and infrastructure available in the human and veterinary-agricultural domain.
The One Health approach:
- recognizes the interdependence of, and seeks to improve human, animal and environmental health
- has a broad vision and includes other disciplines such as economics and social behavior
- recognizes that understanding ecosystems is an essential part of One Health
- recognizes that One Health is a major component of food security and safety