One Health is a global movement underpinned by the interdependence between humans, animals and the environment. COVID-19 has exemplified how instability at the human-animal-ecosystem interface brought about by the rapid pace of globalisation, population mobility, animal trade and the loss of biodiversity can result in profound health, social and economic consequences. Similar disruptions have resulted in the introduction and dissemination of a wide range of new and re-emerging diseases, accelerated antimicrobial resistance, compromised human and animal health systems and unprecedented threats to global health security. Integrated and well-coordinated regional and global efforts are essential to predict, prepare and respond to crises and to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for our planet.
Why One Health
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