One Health is defined by the World Health Organization as “an approach to designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes. The areas of work in which a One Health approach is particularly relevant include food safety, the control of zoonoses, and combatting antibiotic resistance.”
With almost 50% of all diseases defined by the WHO as NTDs having a zoonotic component to their lifecycle a One Health approach is crucial to achieving the WHO NTD Road map targets.
This Cross-Cutting Group comprises of NNN members with an interest in zoonotic NTDs (zNTDs) and synergies that can be achieved by the human and veterinary public health (VPH) sectors working more closely together in the fight against NTDs.
One Health objectives
- To define best practice for public and veterinary public health programmes working synergistically together and collate a series of case studies that would documenting existing best practice
- To agree a policy agenda based on programme best practice
- To increase the number of VPH focused NGOs that are members of NNN