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Coronavirus: ECOWAS Health Ministers Issue Joint Preparedness - Monday, February 17, 2020

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Coronavirus: ECOWAS Health Ministers Issue Joint Preparedness

“...The communiqué called on countries to promote multi-sectoral national efforts using one-health approach to maximise impact. ...” 

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Coronavirus: ECOWAS Health Ministers Issue Joint Preparedness

Health ministers from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have issued joint regional preparedness plan for the prevention, early detection and control of the coronavirus outbreak.

A communiqué issued at the end of the one-day meeting of ECOWAS health ministers, organised by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), charged member countries to implement robust measures to assure availability of critical medical supplies, including laboratory materials and personal protective equipment in the region.  ...  

“...The communiqué called on countries to promote multi-sectoral national efforts using one-health approach to maximise impact. ...”

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Introduction to One Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health - Book Review - Sunday, February 16, 2020

ISBN-13: 978-1119382867
ISBN-10: 1119382866



The short introductory review on the publisher’s website generally reflects what this book is about.  The following brief commentary uses their description while including some additional observations.

Introduction to One Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health offers a reasonably good introduction to the exponentially expanding field of One Health in a refreshing erudite fashion; a vision of the planet’s health today and potentially in future are surveyed.  Indeed, the book employs the journalist writer’s guide of the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the One Health concept/approach as it pertains to its critical utilization in helping to expeditiously and efficaciously combat global public health and ecological issues within concise definition guidelines viz.One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.


Some of the One Health movement’s notable historical landmarks and leaders involved in collaborative transdisciplinary endeavors during the past decade and earlier are discussed with interviews highlighting interesting individual “One Health” perspectives.  By my count, the interviewees include six veterinarians (including one of the co-authors), three physicians, and eighteen other knowledgeable professional health oriented field representatives (including two co-authors of this book). 

The book’s authors [*Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM, Kelly E. Lane-deGraaf, PhD, Elizabeth A. Rayhel, PhD] express appreciation for past, present and future history of One Health endeavors as being interrelated.  They recognize and introduce the broad-spectrum utilization of One Health principles for advancing global public health and conservation medicine as envisioned under the all inclusive One Health Umbrella graphic, conceived, envisioned and developed by One Health Sweden in collaboration with the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team in late 2013 and early 2014. 


This book is a complementary addition to several other insightful, comprehensive One Health textbooks/journal articles available today, see: and .  It is well worth reading and having available to students and faculty in schools of medicine, veterinary medicine and public health.  Along with existing One Health literature, practicing veterinarians, physicians, other professional health scientists and researchers would do well to read this text.


Note - Dr. Deem’s Signature Block:

Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM

Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine

Director, WildCare Institute Center for Chelonian Conservation

Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 (USA)
(314) 646 4708 | |

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*Dr. Deem is a wildlife veterinarian, an epidemiologist, and the current director of the Institute for Conservation Medicine at the Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri (USA).  Notably she gave an extraordinary TEDx talk in March 2018 as part of the “Think Well: HealthCare Out Loud” TEDx Gateway Event at the Sheldon in downtown, St. Louis.   This short video is an overview of One Health, articulately sharing examples of how the health of all life is interconnected.  See and listen to (scroll down for talk...).

Review and comments by:


Bruce Kaplan, DVM, Dipl. AVES (Hon.)

Contents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative Website, Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website, Sarasota, Florida


One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team:

Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH ▪ Thomas M. Yuill, PhD Helena J. Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD ▪ Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 14, 2020 from CIDRAP - Saturday, February 15, 2020

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    Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 14, 2020

    BD announces contract to help fight AMR in developing countries


    In a related development, the medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.) yesterday announced a $6 million contract with the Fleming Fund, the British aid program that helps low- and middle-income countries fight antimicrobial resistance.

    Under the contract, BD said it will provide diagnostic equipment and informatics systems to help diagnose infections and guide physicians to prescribe and use antibiotics appropriately. The company is based in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

    More than 70 labs in 19 countries will be provided with equipment to quickly detect bacteria and fungi in clinical specimens and blood and to test antimicrobial susceptibility, along with products for microbiology data management, the company said in its press release.

    The program is funded by the United Kingdom Department of Health and Social Care.

    "The Fleming Fund works to support 24 countries in the development of AMR surveillance systems, using the World Health Organization's 'One Health' approach," the BD release said. "One of the core activities for the Fleming Fund country grant program is to strengthen clinical bacteriology laboratories in order to identify and perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) on priority pathogens."
    Feb 13 BD press release

    UK partners with Nigeria to battle antimicrobial resistance

    The United Kingdom yesterday announced the launch of a partnership with Nigeria, worth £10.7 million, to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by improving public health surveillance, upgrading laboratory equipment, and training technicians.

    The program will be operated by the Fleming Fund, a UK Aid program that helps low- and middle-income countries battle AMR, the fund said in a news release. The fund is managed by the UK Department of Health and Social Care in partnership with Mott McDonald, the fund's grant management agent.

    The Fleming Fund has appointed Development Alternatives Incorporation (DAI) to support Nigeria's AMR surveillance system, in collaboration with the Nigerian AMR coordination committee and other partners.

    Project activities in Nigeria to date include investment in 18 laboratories across the country and the appointment of 10 professional fellows who are being trained in data management, microbiology, epidemiology, and biosafety to help fight AMR, according to the release.
    Feb 13 Fleming Fund press release

How to see the next viral threat coming...Published in THE HILL, Feb10, 2020 - Monday, February 10, 2020

How to see the next viral threat coming

Implementing a One Health culture in undergraduate education to tackle current and future health ... - Saturday, February 08, 2020

Implementing a One Health culture in undergraduate education to tackle current and future health ...

... call on policy makers, academics and professionals to promote an interdisciplinary exchange under the One Health[1] approach in education.

New “One Health Interest Group” on the scene ... - Wednesday, February 05, 2020

New “One Health Interest Group” on the scene ...


See CORE Group information at:

“Announcing Our New One Health Interest Group

February 3, 2020


We are pleased to announce the development of a new CORE Group Interest Group on One Health. One Health is a multisectoral, transdisciplinary approach that promotes the interconnections between the health of humans, animals, plants and the planet we share. Over 75% of novel infectious diseases are from animal sources, contributing 2.5 billion cases of human illness and 2.7 million deaths annually, mostly in developing countries.  Given the increasing frequency and intensity of animal borne disease outbreaks, the global health community has taken up the call for a One Health approach to prevention, detection and response to outbreaks, as well as an examination of related modes of transmission within the environment. CORE Group’s One Health Interest Group supports coordination, communication, and collaboration for strengthened community engagement across human, animal and environment sectors before, during and after outbreaks.


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Coronavirus: Fear of a pandemic, or a pandemic of fear? [One Health approach essential!] - Saturday, February 01, 2020

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Coronavirus: Fear of a pandemic, or a pandemic of fear?

January 31, 2020 11.11am EST SEE full article at

"... International response to this coronavirus also demonstrates considerable improvement, with rapid information flow and reporting of cases by Chinese authorities. But governance challenges remain, along with a growing awareness of the importance of what’s known as a One Health approach to pandemic outbreaks.

A One Health strategy recognizes that the health of humans is intricately linked to that of animals and their environments. In practice, it draws upon experts from human, animal and environmental health sciences, along with those in the humanities and social sciences, to build a response infrastructure that emphasizes information-sharing and co-ordination of actions across multiple sectors. ...

... Public health, animal health, agriculture

Progress has also been made to integrate surveillance and governance at the global level across the three international agencies responsible for public health, animal health and agriculture.

But with no consensus yet on how to globally govern zoonotic outbreaks, there is still considerable room for improvements that build on One Health principles.  ...

... Separating the impact that deeply integrated historic, political and economic factors has on zoonotic disease makes clear the importance of social sciences in a One Health approach.

All of this shows that any effective response to outbreaks such as 2019-nCoV requires a One Health response. Our nascent Canadian-based Global 1HN network, comprising a trans-disciplinary array of One Health expertise, is working closely with federal policy partners and other networks globally to use existing experience and to generate new knowledge in support of more effective governance of infectious disease risk. ... "

Seattle clinic treats people and pets together [a One Health clinic] - Friday, January 31, 2020

Seattle clinic treats people and pets together

Every other Wednesday, New Horizons hosts what's called a One Health Clinic, which brings together a veterinarian and veterinary students, a nurse ...

Coronavirus Outbreak Could Impact Agriculture - Audio Interview Recording - Wednesday, January 29, 2020      


An important One Health message...a One Health approach needed to combat Coronovirus outbreak:

Coronavirus Outbreak in China Could Impact Agriculture

January 27, 2020

by Southern Farm Network


Coronavirus Outbreak in China Could Impact Agriculture

An infectious disease researcher [Gregory C. Gray, MD, MPH, FIDSA, Duke Medicine Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Global Health Institute, & Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Duke-NUS Medical School; Singapore Professor, Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases 8 College Road, Singapore 169857; and Duke Kunshan University, China, Professor, Global Health No. 8 Duke Avenue, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China] is warning that the deadly coronavirus outbreak could impact not only human health, but animal agriculture as well. Mike Davis reports.


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Healthy Rangelands, Healthy Livestock and Healthy People: A Fully Integrated One Health Approach in Pastoral Ethiopia - Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Healthy Rangelands, Healthy Livestock and Healthy People: A Fully Integrated One Health Approach in Pastoral Ethiopia

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