One Health

‘One Health’ is an integrated approach to human, livestock, and environmental health as part of a holistic system. This helps design programmes and responses, which achieve better public health and conservation outcomes.

It focusses on zoonotic diseases, which can spread between humans and animals, and diseases that can be passed from livestock to wildlife, like rabies, as well as those that can spread from wildlife to livestock.

Taking a One Health approach is important because isolated efforts in just one sector cannot fully prevent or eliminate health issues. Monitoring across different sectors can also help mitigate outbreaks of disease.