Preparing for pandemics: The One Health approach

Dec 2, 2021, 10:58 AM by Mary Jo Singleton

By University of MontrealMedicalExpress.comNovember 30, 2021

For three days this week, decision-makers of the World Health Organization gather for a special global assembly. With COVID-19 and its variants still very much in the news, the pandemic tops the agenda.

And one of the policy briefs up for discussion concerns a concept called "One Health," which considers that the health of all living beings results from the interface between humans, animals and their environment.

Université de Montréal professor Hélène Carabin, an epidemiologist in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Public Health, is the co-lead author of the 30-page brief, titled "One Health as Pillar for a Transformative Pandemic Treaty."

With six colleagues from the University of Ottawa, University of New Brunswick and universities in Germany, Norway and Ghana, Carabin argues for making animals and the environment part of the human equation in planning for future epidemics.

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