One Health is a collaborative, transdisciplinary, and multisectoral approach that acknowledges the connection between the health of animals, people and the environment:
On December 1, 2021, United Nation’s agencies’ One Health High-Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP), released a formal definition of One Health.
One Health is an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems. It recognizes the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment (including ecosystems) are closely linked and inter-dependent. The approach mobilizes multiple sectors, disciplines, and communities at varying levels of society to work together to foster well-being and tackle threats to health and ecosystems, while addressing the collective need for clean water, energy and air, safe and nutritious food, taking action on climate change, and contributing to sustainable development.
The One Health approach recognizes that all sectors must work together to achieve optimal health of animals, the environment, and humans. One Health brings together multiple sectors and disciplines to achieve better public health outcomes. The One Health approach focuses on public health challenges that are accompanied with an ever-changing world in relation to zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, and much more.