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World Health Organization Dept of FOS (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) Department of

Food Safety and Zoonoses (FOS)


Global Leadership to Lower the Burden of Diseases from Food and





In carrying out its activities, FOS focuses on the provision of scientific advice,

efficient standard setting, and clear communication in support of foodborne and

zoonotic disease prevention and international efforts to improve food-related

outbreak detection and response. WHO is partner to an international,

multidisciplinary and intersectoral framework that recognizes the linkages

between animal, human and ecosystem health domains, and seeks to diminish

the public health risk and the global impact of infectious diseases by enhancing

livestock and wildlife disease intelligence, surveillance and emergency response

systems at local, national, regional and international levels.




The mission of the WHO Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses is to lower

the burden of disease from food and animals, focusing on industrialized and

traditional production systems, and integrating prevention from farm to table.


Scope Global


Primary Funders


WHO’s overall work is funded by assessed and voluntary contributions from

member states and other contributors, including the United Nations and other

intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and



Participants & Key Collaborators


WHO works closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United

Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and other

international organizations to address food safety issues along the entire food

production chain from production to consumption.


Definition of One Health


WHO’s zoonotic disease initiatives are built on the premise that the human–

animal–ecosystem interface can be described as a continuum of direct or

indirect human exposure to animals, their products and their environments

which can lead to international public health risks.


Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


The WHO has developed a joint action plan with strategic partners and

stakeholders for the management of zoonotic public health risks at the human–

animal interface, which includes five specific objectives with numerous key

outputs for each, but lacks a timeline for implementation and does not specify

an evaluation procedure.


Sources of Information


FOS Intersectoral Partnerships:


Contact Dr Maged Younes

Director, Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses


Tel. +41 22 791 2773

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