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One Health action and assessment

Guest edited by Jürg Utzinger, Bernadette Abela-Ridder, Baptiste Dungu, Jun-Xia Song, Ying-Juan Qian, Xiao-Nong Zhou

A thematic series in Infectious Diseases of Poverty

One health action © Xu Wang

The concept of One Health (OH), which emphasized the interactions between animal, human and their environments, has been proposed by several international and non-government organizations since 2004. While the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic by which an estimated cost of $8 to 16 trillion, an increasing awareness of the importance of OH has been recognized as a long-term, viable and sustainable approach. For example, OH approach is now firmly anchored on the global agenda, from the G7 and G20 to the UN Food Systems Summit, to combat emerging issues of COVID-19 pandemic. Compared the original OH concept in 2004, the OH approach has been expanded broadly in two directions, one is that the scope of concept has been extended to much wider, with its focus on the interaction of human-animal-plant-environment at global, regional and local levels; the other is that OH approach has been emphasized on transferring from theory into policy, and from policy into action further, supported by multi-sectoral, intradisciplinary and cross-regional cooperation. Therefore, multiple international organizations, including World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank, etc. have made effort to promote the OH action plan recently, in order to accelerate coordinated strategy on human, animal and ecosystem health that help shape national OH systems transformation pathways.

In order to keep the step with the global developing trends of OH, the journal of Infectious Diseases of Poverty is launching a new Thematic Series entitled One Health actions and assessment. This thematic series will focus on OH action plan and development of OH assessment tools to promote more researches and actions implemented in the various settings for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In addition, the thematic series will publish articles, but not limited, on integrated approach, methodology, approach, movement, strategy, or paradigm, critical views and enquiries of OH practices, along with the development of assessment tools, public engagement, policy-making, politics and legislation in the field of OH. 

  1. Food systems instantiate the complex interdependencies across humans, physical environments, and other organisms. Applying One Health approaches for agri-food system transformation, which adopts integrated and...

    Authors: Si-Yu Gu, Fu-Min Chen, Chen-Sheng Zhang, Yi-Bin Zhou, Tian-Yun Li, Ne Qiang, Xiao-Xi Zhang, Jing-Shu Liu, Shu-Xun Wang, Xue-Chen Yang, Xiao-Kui Guo, Qin-Qin Hu, Xiao-Bei Deng and Le-Fei Han
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2023 12:88
  2. Data-driven research is a very important component of One Health. As the core part of the global One Health index (GOHI), the global One Health Intrinsic Drivers index (IDI) is a framework for evaluating the b...

    Authors: Zhao-Yu Guo, Jia-Xin Feng, Lin Ai, Jing-Bo Xue, Jing-Shu Liu, Xiao-Xi Zhang, Chun-Li Cao, Jing Xu, Shang Xia, Xiao-Nong Zhou, Jin Chen and Shi-Zhu Li
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2023 12:17
  3. One Health has become a global consensus to deal with complex health problems. However, the progress of One Health implementation in many countries is still relatively slow, and there is a lack of systematic e...

    Authors: Jiaxin Feng, Zhaoyu Guo, Lin Ai, Jingshu Liu, Xiaoxi Zhang, Chunli Cao, Jing Xu, Shang Xia, Xiao-Nong Zhou, Jin Chen and Shizhu Li
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2022 11:121
  4. Zoonoses are public health threats that cause severe damage worldwide. Zoonoses constitute a key indicator of One Health (OH) and the OH approach is being applied for zoonosis control programmes of zoonotic di...

    Authors: Han-Qing Zhao, Si-Wei Fei, Jing-Xian Yin, Qin Li, Tian-Ge Jiang, Zhao-Yu Guo, Jing-Bo Xue, Le-Fei Han, Xiao-Xi Zhang, Shang Xia, Yi Zhang, Xiao-Kui Guo and Kokouvi Kassegne
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2022 11:109
  5. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the top ten global public health challenges. However, given the lack of a comprehensive assessment of worldwide AMR status, our objective is to develop a One Health-bas...

    Authors: Nan Zhou, Zile Cheng, Xiaoxi Zhang, Chao Lv, Chaoyi Guo, Haodong Liu, Ke Dong, Yan Zhang, Chang Liu, Yung-Fu Chang, Sheng Chen, Xiaokui Guo, Xiao-Nong Zhou, Min Li and Yongzhang Zhu
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2022 11:92

    The Correction to this article has been published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2022 11:100

  6. A One Health approach has been increasingly mainstreamed by the international community, as it provides for holistic thinking in recognizing the close links and inter-dependence of the health of humans, animal...

    Authors: Xiao-Xi Zhang, Jing-Shu Liu, Le-Fei Han, Shang Xia, Shi-Zhu Li, Odel Y. Li, Kokouvi Kassegne, Min Li, Kun Yin, Qin-Qin Hu, Le-Shan Xiu, Yong-Zhang Zhu, Liang-Yu Huang, Xiang-Cheng Wang, Yi Zhang, Han-Qing Zhao…
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2022 11:57