One Health Day – Celebrating Partnerships

“We live in one world, it is time to talk about One Health”- Dr Deborah Thompson, Founder and Director of One Health Lessons.

One Health Day

Today – November 3, 2021 – marks the sixth annual One Health Day, a global campaign that celebrates and brings attention to the need for a One Health approach, which recognises that human health is closely linked to the health of animals and our shared environment. For example, a little-known fact is that 60% of known infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals and 75% of new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.

Research and action in this field is a collaborative effort by human doctors, veterinarians, ecologists, farmers, sociologists, policymakers, teachers and many more to address shared health concerns at the human-animal-environment interface.

To inform and inspire the next generation of action leaders, we are partnering with One Health Lessons, who are leading a band of volunteers globally to bring One Health learning to classrooms, including two fun and engaging COVID-19 lessons. Today we celebrate this team of amazing young students and professionals who are inspiring young hearts and minds in 80 different languages. We also thank Dr Deborah Thompson, for all her hard work to make it all happen.

One health Photo collage

A small snapshot of the many One Health Lessons interns and volunteers around the world. Source: One Health Lessons.

Today we also celebrate one of our other close organisational associations, The University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, in Queensland Australia, who launch the new Queensland Alliance for One Health Sciences (QAOHS).

“If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that a One Health approach is critical for recognising and reducing the likelihood of infectious diseases emerging from animal populations, which we now know can lead to devastating global health issues and crises.” Director and Project Leader, Associate Professor Ricardo Soares Magalhães (QAOHS)

We look forward to following and supporting the work of One Health Lessons and QAOHS in 2022.