Narratives of One Health In Action - One Health Commission

Narratives of One Health In Action

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

See COVID-19 and One Health

See more narratives of One Health in Action on the U.S. CDC One Health in Action webpage.

See digital One Health stories in a Virtual One Health Exhibition shared by researchers from the Center for International Health CIHLMU and the European University Alliance for Global Health.

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 Ebola 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

GOAL 2: Strengthen National One-Health Surveillance Efforts to Combat Resistance


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

Feb 11
February 11
Making One Health a Reality - Crossing Bureaucratic Boundaries

Rubin C, Dunham B, Sleeman J. 2014. Microbiol Spectrum 2(1):OH-0016-2012. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.OH-0016-2012

This article reviews interagency One Health collaborations, nationally and internationally. It presents a series of case studies that describe situations in which barriers were overcome, thus culminating in successful One Health outcomes.


January 2014

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

Veterinary Record published a series of articles to encourage momentum gathering for One Health. Written by specialists in a range of fields, the articles 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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