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One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing

Date: October 11, 2015
It will bring together leading experts from different fields to:
  • Present new interdisciplinary frameworks for a real-world One Health approach.
  • Highlight evidence from field-based settings in Africa and beyond.
  • Debate implications for policy and practice.

This high-level symposium is being co-organised by the ESPA-funded Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium and the Zoological Society of London, in partnership with the Royal Society. It is bringing together leading experts from different fields in the natural and social sciences to discuss ‘healthy ecosystems, healthy people’.

The event will present new interdisciplinary frameworks for a One Health approach to zoonotic diseases (those passed from vertebrate animals to people). One Health rests on the principle that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interdependent. However, there is little integration in understanding the relationships between these sectors. Often research is divided between those who focus on environmental change and ecosystem services; those who address socio-economic, poverty and wellbeing issues; and those who consider health and disease, leading to fragmented understandings and inadequate responses.

The symposium will also highlight evidence from field-based settings, including those in Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe where Drivers of Disease researchers have been working.

Importantly, it will also debate implications of a One Health approach for policy and practice.

Agreed speakers to date include Dr David Nabarro, who organised the UN’s response to the recent Ebola crisis, Professor Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, Professor Chris Dye, Director of Strategy at  WHO, and Dr Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance.

The Drivers of Disease consortium has been working for more than three years to deliver much-needed, cutting-edge science on the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing, with the objective of moving people out of poverty and promoting social justice.

Registrations are now taking place.

The deadline for poster submission is 12 February, 2016.