The 6th World One Health Congress is a co-organization of the One Health Platform Foundation, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The One Health Platform
The One Health Platform is a strategic forum of One Health stakeholders and advocates who strongly support the idea of an integrated approach to human, animal and environmental health as the best solution to complex and urgent health threats.
The fight against antimicrobial resistance and the development of better and safer medicines for zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases are among the main objectives of the One Health Platform. To address these challenges successfully, however, we urgently need to integrate know-how, evidence and technologies from key players involved in healthcare research, including academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies. The One Health Platform therefore brings together academics (Scientific Advisory Board), the pharmaceutical industry (Industry Advisory Board) and public health officials (International One Health Coalition) to determine the most urgent research gaps, coordinate research, disseminate study results, advocate and implement the One Health Agenda in order to improve the health of humans, animals and the environment through evidence-based policy.
The University of Edinburgh
The University has world-leading Global Health, Development, Environment and Society, and Agriculture and Food Security Academies, all central to the study of One Health. Alongside applied research feeding into the suite of online bespoke educational programmes, the Academies support a number of communities of practice throughout the world through partnerships between a huge alumni network, current students, businesses, NGOs and national government and education partners. The Global Health Academy is made up of a wide network of experts from within the University of Edinburgh, throughout the UK and across the world, and has One Health as its core focus (https://www.ed.ac.uk/global-health). The Academy’s mission is to support the creation, curation and implementation of global health knowledge across a diverse global community including practitioners, trainers, researchers, policy makers, business, local community and international agencies. Within the Academy research into threats and pathways of specific diseases and states and stages of health, is complemented by a focus on health system strengthening and an emphasis on wellness and whole health. The One Health agenda is reflected in the University’s academic structure, which places human and animal health together within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. This encourages comparative and interdisciplinary research and education at all levels, and includes innovative postgraduate programmes in One Health, Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Global Challenges, Global eHealth, International Animal Health, Conservation Medicine and Science Communication and Public Engagement. Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (https://www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-infectious-diseases) - brings together over 170 Principal Investigators and over 860 active researchers across the spectrum of infectious disease science and clinical medicine at Edinburgh, including a key focus on antimicrobial resistance.
As a global facing University, vibrant One Health and global health partnerships have been established with a wide range of organisations nationally and internationally, including the University of Sydney, UC Davis, ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute), IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), the University of Rwanda and Makarere University, amongst others. A strong emphasis is placed on ensuring that, together, they work to improve health and livelihoods in low and middle income countries, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
The University is running a new biomedical science programme with Zhejiang University in China and has established links with many Asian institutions including Hokkaido University in Japan and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in India.
Edinburgh Infectious Diseases
Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is the network of infectious disease researchers and clinicians and connects over 860 Scientists in 170 research groups, actively working in infectious disease research across the city of Edinburgh, addressing a very broad research portfolio. Of note, the One Health approach for understanding zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, and the development of new models of infection to understand pathogenesis is a major research theme. Activities are aimed at promoting a world-class, vibrant and integrated community of infectious diseases researchers, facilitating the development of multidisciplinary collaborations.
Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance
The African Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals in Eastern and Southern Africa has the aim to harness innovation in science and technology in order to improve sub-Saharan Africa’s capacity to detect, identify and monitor infectious diseases of humans and animals and their interactions in order to better manage the risk posed by them.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Established in January 2017, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is a new public health agency of the African Union. Africa CDC seeks to make Africa safer and healthier by strengthening Africa’s health institutions, particularly its national public health institutes (NPHIs).
More information about the Africa CDC is to be found at these webpages: www.africacdc.org