"One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach—working at local, regional, national, and global levels—to achieve optimal health and well-being outcomes recognizing the interconnections between people, animals, plants and their shared environment."
ONE HEALTH COMMISSION
WHY ONE HEALTH?
Zoonoses - pathogenic organisms such as bacteria or viruses which we share with animals - cause more than 60% of human infectious diseases, and have been responsible for some of the most devastating disease outbreaks in recent years, including HIV, Ebola, and SARS.
Comparative medicine is the study of disease in humans and animals, looking at similarities and differences between the two. Through these types of studies, researchers can find ways to better diagnose, prevent and treat disease in all species.