Frequently Asked Questions - One Health Commission

Frequently Asked Questions

What is One Health Day? 

A day of declaration and action wherever possible to bring global attention to the crucial need and benefits of using trans-disciplinary approaches to complex challenges involving animals, people, and planetary ecosystems


Who is involved?

International and national human health, animal health and environmental health organizations, public health professionals, non-governmental organizations, World Health Organization collaborating centers, universities and corporate and private partners


Where is this happening? 

As many countries as possible                                                                              Inaugural One Health Day 2016 Flier


Why One Health Day? 

Raise awareness about the One Health approach. Activities and events around the world will give scientists, practitioners and advocates a powerful, unified voice for moving beyond current provincial approaches to emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, environmental pollution, and many other problems, to a holistic, trans-disciplinary default way of doing business


What is a One Health activity? 

This event from St. George's University, Grenada demonstrated the One Health approach, with veterinary and medical students working together and involving the government and other student groups. This program is an example of what One Health Day events could look like.   


When is One Health Day? 

One Health Day is officially celebrated annually on November 3 but events happening any time of the year can be registered to get on the map for One Health Day.


What is One Health?

One Health is a collaborative, multi-sectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach - working at local, regional, national, and global levels - to achieve optimal health and well-being outcomes recognizing the interconnections between people, animals, plants and their shared environment.


Why does One Health matter? 

  • Worldwide, nearly 75 percent of all emerging human infectious diseases in the past three decades originated in animals.
  • Environmental health may affect human and animal health through contamination, pollution and poor conditions that may lead to new infectious agents.
  • The world population is projected to grow from 7 billion in 2011 to 9 billion by 2050.
  • To provide adequate healthcare, food and water for the growing global population, the health professions, and their related disciplines and institutions, must work together.
  • The human-animal bond beneficially impacts the health of both people and animals.


How can I get involved?

First save 3 November for One Health Day. Then identify and bring together like-minded colleagues and others in your region to organize and support local, creative and innovative awareness and educational events on or around One Health Day. You can focus on any topic that falls under the One Health umbrella but your event should address the inter-connectivity of human, animal and environmental health.


Where can I get more information about One Health? 


What if we cannot hold our event ‘on’ November 3?  

No problem.  One Health is highly relevant and needed all year round. Hold your One Health Day event whenever you can, as close to the recognized One Health Day date as possible.  Please note: if you want your student-led event to compete for the award, it must occur in the One Health Day Student Competition Events window between 1 September and 30 November. If you are not competing, your event can happen any time of the year but please do register it to get it on the map.







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