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PHYSICIANS’ World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) issues One Health Letter of Support – July 2, 2015 - Friday, July 03, 2015

PHYSICIANS’ World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) issues One Health Letter of Support – July 2, 2015


2nd July 2015


Laura H Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP

Bruce Kaplan, DVM

Thomas P. Monath, MD

One Health Initiative  

Dear colleagues

Please find a letter of support, to the OneHealth Initiative, from WONCA - the World Organization of Family Doctors [physicians].


With best regards

Dr. Garth Manning

Chief Executive Officer

World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)

12A-05 Chartered Square Building

152 North Sathon Road

Silom, Bangrak

Bangkok 10500


One Health Community Addresses Advocacy Letter to the White House (USA) - June 30, 2015 - Thursday, July 02, 2015

One Health Community Addresses Advocacy Letter to the White House (USA)

Dated: June 30, 2015  


“...On behalf of the community of One Health advocates and stakeholders, the One Health Commission, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and the signatories below, writes to urge creation of One Health platforms in both the United States (U.S) and the United Nations (U.N). ... Thank you, in advance, for your attention to our urgent call. One Health approaches truly are a ‘Ray of Hope’ for the future health of our planet and all its living creatures.”



The One Health Commission and the greater community of One Health Advocates

Please read complete letter

Former Mayor—Environmental Health Activist—Urges President and U.S. Government(s) Adoption of One Health Principles - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Former Mayor—Environmental Health Activist—Urges President and U.S. Government(s) Adoption of One Health Principles


June 9, 2015 – In a recent letter to the White House, One Health Initiative Team Advisory Board member Nancy Chaney, RN, MS, former mayor, City of Moscow, Idaho (USA) urged prompt across the board adoption of the One Health approach.


Chaney noted, “... My background is in nursing, environmental science, and veterinary business ownership, but as a former mayor, president of the Association of Idaho Cities, and past board director for the National League of Cities (NLC), I am also keenly interested in policy. In 2011, I drafted and proposed a One Health Resolution (#2012-17, enclosed), which was subsequently adopted by the NLC, and in 2013, was integrated into policies that address health-focused local food systems, zoonoses, and pandemics, and encourage Congress and the Administration to “enable an interagency partnership among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect and improve human, animal, and environmental health as an integrated system.” See: and

She further commented, “The complexity of today’s challenges and the seriousness of their consequences require those skills, along with collaborative, integrated, rational approaches. That’s especially crucial for matters involving human, animal, and environmental health, exemplified by the concept of One Health. I am writing to endorse the framework/platforms advocated by a coalition of senators, led by Al Franken (in their letter to you, dated February 12, and by the American Veterinary Medical Association (in a letter dated March 12, the American Public Health Association (in its letter of May 21, and the One Health Commission and One Health Initiative Team (in their letter, originally dated June 3

...The well-being of our Nation and our species will depend on embracing the concept of One Health and integrating it into our laws, social structure, economic systems, international relations, educational programs, agricultural practices, and personal values. It’s a heady goal, but one that is already beginning to gain traction in some medical and veterinary schools, public health organizations, environmental science programs, and federal agencies. Supportive governmental policies, programs, and funding will enhance opportunities for success, and speed its momentum.”

Please read complete letter

The relevance of “One Health” to South Africa - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The relevance of “One Health” to South Africa

Brigid Letty MSc.Agric1, Alan Rowe BVSc.2, Nkululeko Manci MBChB 3 and Debbie Rowe CPDH4

1Principal Scientist - Institute of Natural Resources

2State Veterinarian – KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

3Medical Manager – St Apollinaris Hospital, Centocow Mission

4Director - Creighton Sunflower Health Education and Life Projects



One Health, being a strategy that aims to expand interdisciplinary collaboration and communication between actors involved in human, animal and environmental healthcare (Kahn et al. 2007), is very relevant in the context of South Africa, particularly as a mechanism for strengthening the efficacy of public healthcare (Monath et al. 2010). The need to promote the concept of One Health forms the basis for a partnership that has been established in the Creighton-Centocow area of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. St Apollinaris is the hospital based at the Centocow Mission. It provides health care support to the surrounding rural communities. Livestock healthcare support is largely provided through the services of the provincial department of agriculture’s veterinary services, which is under the management of Dr. Alan Rowe, the State Veterinarian based in the small town of Ixopo some 30km from Centocow Mission. The current programme is building on past linkages between these parties, where veterinarians and physicians worked together in an effort to control scabies outbreaks. ...”

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Note:  Brigid Letty is listed on the One Health Initiative Supporters page (scroll down).

National Academies of Practice (NAP) supports One Health - Letter to The President, The White House (USA) - Monday, June 22, 2015
NAP Supports the One Health Commission

June 15, 2015

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), representing 14 health care professions (Audiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Speech & Language Pathology, and Veterinary Medicine) who strongly champion interprofessional health practice and education, I write in support of the sentiments shared by seven U.S. Senators in a February 12, 2015 letter and the May 21, 2015 letter from the American Public Health Association to you advocating for a multidisciplinary “One Health” approach to pandemic prevention. This approach considers the integral connections between human, animal and environmental health to more effectively address the current and future disease threat within the United States and globally.

NAP supports the One Health Commission, which serves as a platform for One Health discussions. The National Academies of Practice strongly believes that patients are served better when there is collaboration between health care professionals delivering care to them.  The theme for our April 2015 forum was “Engaging the Patient and Family in Patient-Centered Care: An Interprofessional Approach” and the theme for our 2014 annual forum was “One Team-One Health.” With the escalating costs of health care, diversity of populations, migration around the world and effect of communicable diseases, this approach makes more sense.  It is quite evident that one health has a role to play in health care delivery and prevention.

NAP strongly supports national efforts to strengthen prevention of all diseases that impact quality of life, and stands ready to assist in the promotion of one health framework. We welcome the opportunity to provide input and collaborate with agencies and organizations engaged in one health.

Thank you for your attention to this timely issue of supporting public health in the United States.

Satya B. Verma, OD, FAAO, FNAP, Diplomate
President, National Academies of Practice

To view a PDF version of the letter, visit this link.

WWS (Woodrow Wilson School – Princeton University, USA) Reacts: How to Fight MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

One Health approach to fight Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)...

WWS (Woodrow Wilson School – Princeton University, USA) Reacts: How to Fight MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

Jun 16, 2015—By: B. Rose Huber—Source: Woodrow Wilson School  

Since mid-May, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has infected 150 and killed 16 people in South Korea. Now, after months of quarantine, hundreds in the region are being released.

We discussed the threat of MERS with Laura Kahn [*Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP], a research scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Because MERS is an animal virus – it originated with camels in the Middle East – Kahn proposes a "One Health" approach to combating this illness.

Q. What is MERS? How does it spread? 

Kahn: Like SARS, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is caused by a coronavirus. MERS is generally deadlier than SARS. The mortality rate for SARS was around 10 percent whereas the rate in MERS has been around 30 to 40 percent. MERS spreads through infected respiratory secretions such as coughing. Other ways it might spread are not entirely understood.  

Q. Where is MERS the biggest threat? Do you expect that to change?

Kahn: The biggest threat had been in the Arabian Peninsula where it first emerged in 2012. The threat recently changed when, in late May, it popped up in South Korea and China. There have been 150 confirmed cases (149 South Korea and one China) with 16 deaths. 

Laura Kahn, a research scholar the Wilson School's Program on Science and Global Security, discusses the threat of MERS, proposing a "One Health" approach to combat such viruses.

Q. How is MERS similar to Ebola and other viruses?

Kahn: MERS, Ebola and many other emerging diseases are zoonoses, meaning that they are animal viruses that infect humans. 

Q. Could MERS have been prevented? If so, how?  

Kahn: A "One Health" approach that integrates human, animal and environmental health should be an important strategy in containing zoonotic diseases. Too often, healthcare systems ignore animal health until after problems in humans develop. Instead, there should be close surveillance of animals, and efforts should be implemented to make sure that animal secretions and wastes do not contaminate human food. In the case of MERS, camels are likely an intermediary host. DNA evidence suggests that bats in Saudi Arabia could be the definitive host. Bats are reservoirs for quite a few deadly human diseases including SARS, rabies, Nipah virus and possibly the Ebola virus among others.  

Q. Going forward, what is the best way to fight MERS and other similar diseases?

Kahn: As previously mentioned, a One Health approach in which veterinarians and environmental health specialists are considered an integral part of the global health team would be a prudent strategy.

See complete feature at: or 

WWS Reacts is a series of interviews with Woodrow Wilson School experts addressing current events.

*Dr. Kahn, a physician, is a co-founder of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team and One Health Initiative website

Excellent One Health Program Practiced at University of Pennsylvania’s College of Veterinary Medicine (“Penn Vet”) – Philadelphia, PA (USA) - Sunday, June 14, 2015

Excellent One Health Program Practiced at University of Pennsylvania’s College of Veterinary Medicine (“Penn Vet”) – Philadelphia, PA (USA)

The Future of Veterinary Medicine

“At Penn Vet, we are driven from the perspective of One Health: humans, the environment, animals, living together harmoniously.  Uniquely trained in comparative biology, veterinarians are the only members of the clinical profession – including human medical professionals – who see many different species, and understand medicine fundamentally such that all species benefit.

Veterinarians approach medicine with a global perspective, supporting public health and making a huge impact on people's well-being.”

To learn more about how Penn Vet supports One Health, visit

Click on: and see One Health video

NOTICE: International One Health Congress 2018: call for expression of interest - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NOTICE: International One Health Congress 2018: call for expression of interest

Since 2011, three International One Health Congresses have been organized on a biennial basis. The fourth edition will be held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2016.


In order to ensure the continuity of the International One Health Congresses, the One Health Platform will be responsible for organising subsequent editions. We have now published a Call for Expression of Interest that invites institutions and organizations to put themselves forward as candidates to host the Fifth International One Health Congress in 2018. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 1 October 2015.”

For more information please see:

Note:  One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Jack Woodall, PhD Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH strongly supports this proposed 4th “International One Health Congress”.

“MediLabSecure Project” Utilizes and Strongly Endorses One Health Concept Approach – Paris, France - Monday, June 08, 2015

“MediLabSecure Project” Utilizes and Strongly Endorses One Health Concept Approach – Paris, France


Submitted to the One Health Initiative website June 5, 2015


“Dear Members of the One Health Initiative,

The European Union (EU)-funded MediLabSecure project (2014-2017; aims at consolidating a laboratory network on the emerging viruses that are pathogens for humans and/or animals in countries of the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions (19 non-EU countries). It will represent a cluster for awareness, risk assessment, monitoring and control of these vector borne diseases.

We strongly believe that this project can only be successful if we manage to foster the interaction of four laboratory sub-networks, one for human health, one for animal health, one for entomology and one for public health reinforcement.

We therefore fully endorse the One Health concept and one of the main aims throughout our project is to put it into practice by promoting joint meetings and activities of participating laboratories in the different fields.

We are grateful to the One Health Initiative for promoting such a paradigm shift and we fully support their action(s).

The MediLabSecure Team /The MediLabSecure Project is supported by the European Commission (DEVCO: IFS/21010/23/_194) and implemented by Institut Pasteur (Paris, France), INIA-CISA (Madrid, Spain), IRD (Montpellier, France), ISS (Rome, Italy)/”

  Fanny Cherblanc, PhD

  Chargée de Mission--Project Manager

  Institut Pasteur

  Direction Internationale - Réseau International des Instituts Pasteur

  Department of International Affairs - Institut Pasteur International 

Network 25-28 Rue du Docteur Roux

  75724 Paris Cedex 15, FRANCE


  Tel : +33 (0)1 40 61 38 67


Note: Dr. Cherblanc is listed on the One Health Initiative Supporters page (scroll down).

World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association Global Conference on One Health – Report and Presentations - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association Global Conference on One Health – Report and Presentations

The WVA/WMA Global Conference on One Health which was held in Madrid, Spain on May 21-22, 2015, brought together 330 delegates from 40 countries around the world to discuss the One Health Concept.


On 21 and 22nd of May 2015, The World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Medical Association (WMA) in collaboration with the Spanish Medical (SMA) and Veterinary (SVA) Associations organized the Global Conference on 'One Health' Concept with the theme: Drivers towards One Health - “Strengthening collaboration between Physicians and Veterinarians”.

The Global Conference brought together 330 delegates from 40 countries around the world. Veterinarians, Physicians, Students, Public Health Officials, and NGOs representatives received presentations from high level speakers and had the opportunity to learn, discuss and address critical aspects of the One Health Concept. During the conference breaks, poster sessions took place where delegates could view and discuss different One Health topics with the authors.

The main objectives of the conference were to strengthen the links and communications and to achieve closer collaboration between Physicians, Veterinarians and all relevant stakeholders to improve the different aspects of health and welfare of humans, animals and the environment. After short welcome speeches session by the Presidents of WVA, WMA, AMA, SVA, SMA, the Spanish Ministry representative and the FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite representative, the conference started with different sessions on:

• Zoonotic diseases.

• Antimicrobial resistance.

• Natural disaster management – Preparedness and veterinary medical collaboration.

• One Health in food production and,

·         Veterinary Education of One Health Concept.

In summary:

In the introduction session, the speakers reviewed the historic evolution of medicine and veterinary medicine which had developed closely together for centuries, and even much earlier, until the two professions diverged due to specialization and consumer priorities. However, now in the 21st century, the risks have changed due to increasing population, increasing population density in urban centres, larger numbers of animals kept in close proximity, wildlife environment encroachment putting people in closer proximity to wildlife etc. which requires an integrated approach by physicians and veterinarians to combat different types of health threats.

To read complete report of the WVA/WMA Global Conference on One Health which includes the conference material and links to the presentations, see: and

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