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The World Health Organization stresses the importance of the One Health approach

The World Health Organization stresses the importance of the One Health approach

The concept should address the intimate and sensitive links between people, animals and the planet that sustain our lives, which was expressed by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Managing Director of this entity, via the social network Twitter.

In connection with World Health Day, the authority linked its message to another stating “We are all connected: No one will be safe from health threats until everyone is safe.”

This is the gist of the celebration, as noted by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which has also warned of the current need for approaches to building a healthier and more sustainable world.

It is used to coordinate multisectoral prevention and response efforts against zoonoses (which can be transmitted from animals to humans or vice versa), and becomes essential to control diseases such as rabies, bird flu and tuberculosis, he added.

In a text titled Global Health Risks and Challenges of Tomorrow, the OIE explained that although most assessments focus on the transmission of pathogens from animals to humans, animal health is also strongly affected by human-borne diseases.

He stressed that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, tuberculosis and many influenza infections, among others, can cause damage or be fatal to many types of animals.

He added that gorillas and chimpanzees, due to their genetic characteristics similar to humans, are particularly vulnerable to human diseases, and they and other endangered species should receive careful attention.

He said that managing major global health risks, from disease control to global warming, cannot be done individually and requires the full cooperation of the animal health, human health and environment sectors.

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The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has called for concrete solutions based on planetary strategies to address major diseases or major health threats, such as resistance to antimicrobial agents.

The concept of “one health” was introduced in the early 2000s to name an idea that has been known for over a century: human health and animal health are interdependent and linked to the ecosystems in which they coexist.

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