Narratives of One Health In Action - One Health Commission

Narratives of One Health In Action

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One Health can provide a safe, 'no judgment zone' for many needed conversations surrounding our most difficult global and environmental health challenges. 

This is a webpage where many items can be shared, from peer reviewed scientific case studies to examples of One Health successes (or missed opportunities) to Op Eds and Opinion Pieces.

Opinions expressed here are not necessarily approved by the One Health Commission but are shared ‘because’ this is a safe, no judgement zone and we need to hear from many perspectives on many of today’s challenges. Thoughtful articles written in a professional tone will be considered for posting. Submit suggested items to

To see peer reviewed scientific articles visit the Commission's online One Health Library Journal Articles/White Papers Section.

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November 2014

Nov 21
November 21
USAID - Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 Program

The PREDICT-2 project will assist focus countries in monitoring viruses with pandemic potential as well as behaviors, practices, and conditions associated with viral evolution, spillover, amplification and spread.  In addition, PREDICT 2 will improve predictive modeling to better focus surveillance and use surveillance and other data to support policy change and begin developing risk- mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of animal viruses spilling over, amplifying, and spreading in human populations. Implementing partners for PREDICT-2 are University of California-Davis, EcoHealth Alliance, Metabiota, Smithsonian Institution, and Wildlife Conservation Society.


October 2014

Oct 14
October 14
What did I do on my summer vacation: Experience with Eboloa in West Africa

Dr. Tom Ksiazek, DVM, PhD/ Department of Pathology/GNL, UTMB, describes his experience with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Oct 7
October 7
Ebola: a crisis in global health leadership

Comment in the Lancet by Lawrence O. Gostin and Eric A. Friedman, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC


September 2014

Sep 29
September 29
Aquatic invasive species and emerging infectious disease threats: A One Health perspective

Accidental or intentional introduction of pathogens or their aquatic vectors and hosts are among the primary concerns that affect international trade, travel, and global health security. These concerns are compounded by the prospect of warming climate, potentially resulting in primarily tropical diseases encroaching into historically subtropical or temperate regions. Thus, we must be prepared for the possibility of geographic spread of diseases into areas where they have not occurred, or reintroduction into areas where they once occurred but have been eliminated through control measures. This critical perspective paper briefly reviews selected previous cases in which aquatic invasive species have contributed to infectious disease emergence, re-emergence, or increase, and proposes One Health strategies for integrating human, animal, and environmental monitoring and surveillance to better prepare for or prevent geographic spread of major human health threats associated with aquatic systems. (paper published September, 2014)

Sep 29
September 29
Doing Today's Work Superbly Well-Treating EBOLA with Current Tools

The Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa is
a daily staple of the lay press and of scholarly
medical publications. Ebola evokes fear among both
the public and clinicians. It also evokes a sort of
therapeutic nihilism.

Sep 25
September 25
National Strategy for Combatting Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The discovery of antibiotics in the early 20th century fundamentally transformed human and
veterinary medicine. Antibiotics now save millions of lives each year in the United States and
around the world. The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, however, represents a serious
threat to public health and the economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) estimates that annually, at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by
antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States alone.1 If the effectiveness of antibiotics (drugs
that kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria) is lost, we will no longer be able to reliably and rapidly
treat bacterial infections, including bacterial pneumonias, foodborne illnesses, and healthcareassociated
infections. As more strains of bacteria become resistant to an ever-larger number of
antibiotics, our drug choices have become increasingly limited and more expensive and, in
some cases, nonexistent. In a world with few effective antibiotics, modern medical advances
such as surgery, transplants, and chemotherapy may no longer be viable due to the threat of
The National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria identifies priorities and
coordinates investments: to prevent, detect, and control outbreaks of resistant pathogens
recognized by CDC as urgent or serious threats, including carbapenem-resistant
Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), ceftriaxoneresistant
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Clostridium difficile, which is naturally resistant to many
drugs used to treat other infections and proliferates following administration of antibiotics (Table
1); to ensure continued availability of effective therapies for the treatment of bacterial infections;
and to detect and control newly resistant bacteria that emerge in humans or animals. This
National Strategy is the basis of a 2014 Executive Order on Combating Antibiotic Resistance, as
well as a forthcoming National Action Plan that directs Federal agencies to accelerate our
response to this growing threat to the nation’s health and security. The National Action Plan will
be informed by a report approved by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and
Technology (PCAST) on July 11, 2014. The National Strategy outlines five interrelated goals for action by the United States
Government in collaboration with partners in healthcare, public health, veterinary medicine,
agriculture, food safety, and academic, Federal, and industrial research.


May 2014

May 19
May 19
MERS: Information Links

One Health Lessons Learned/ Opportunities Missed/ Additional MERs Information LInks

May 5
May 5
Seeing the Forest for the Trees: How ‘One Health’ Connects Humans, Animals, and Ecosystems

" Recently, the dilemma of human–wildlife conflict has created great opportunity to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems for both people and ecosystems. The emerging “One Health” movement explicitly recognizes the inextricable connections between human, animal, and ecosystem health, and is leading not only to new scientific research but also to projects that help people rise out of poverty, improve their health, reduce conflicts with wildlife, and preserve ecosystems, such as Bwindi’s tropical montane forest. "


March 2014

Mar 13
March 13
In the Pastures of Columbia, Cows, Crops and Timber Co-exist

As an ambitious program in Colombia demonstrates, combining grazing and agriculture with tree cultivation can coax more food from each acre, boost farmers’ incomes, restore degraded landscapes, and make farmland more resilient to climate change.


February 2014


January 2014

Jan 15
January 15
The evolution of One Health: A decade of progress and challenges for the future

The One Health concept is gathering momentum and, over the next 12 months, Veterinary Record will be publishing a series
of articles to help encourage that process. Written by specialists in a range of fields, the articles will consider the meaning of
One Health, the interactions between animal and human health and how a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach could
help to solve emerging global problems. To set the scene, Paul Gibbs outlines the recent history of One Health, discusses current
challenges and muses on what the future might hold.

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