Promote One Health Initiatives!

One Health Initiative


Laura Kahn |

Some Allied Projects and Groups:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World One Health Congress

International Student One Health Alliance

and Facebook: ISOHA One Health Community

On One Health Approaches:

There are three global One Health groups leading the One Health Charge. The One Health Commission (Dr. Cheryl Stroud) the One Health Initiative pro bono group (Dr. Bruce Kaplan and Dr. Laura Kahn) and the One Health Platform.

These 3 groups joined forces in 2016 to launch a global One Health Day that is officially recognized on Nov 3. However, events educating about One Health and One Health issues can be held any time of the year. Event organizers are urged to ‘register‘ their events to get them on the map.

January 2020 is currently being celebrated as One Health Awareness Month. Advocates are urged to post daily One Health messages in the One Health Awareness Month Social Media Campaign.


The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. The synergism achieved will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations.

One Health is dedicated to improving the lives of all species—human and animal—through the integration of human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental science.

One Health shall be achieved through:

  1. Joint educational efforts between human medical, veterinary medical schools, and schools of public health and the environment;
  2. Joint communication efforts in journals, at conferences, and via allied health networks;
  3. Joint efforts in clinical care through the assessment, treatment and prevention of cross-species disease transmission;
  4. Joint cross-species disease surveillance and control efforts in public health;
  5. Joint efforts in better understanding of cross-species disease transmission through comparative medicine and environmental research;
  6. Joint efforts in the development and evaluation of new diagnostic methods, medicines and vaccines for the prevention and control of diseases across species and;
  7. Joint efforts to inform and educate political leaders and the public sector through accurate media publications.

After you have read this introduction, click the blue “View Coming Events” calendar button and you may find opportunities to participate in saving our world. If your group is planning a relevant event, we welcome your contribution to the calendar.

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How did Covid-19 begin?

David Ignatius in The Washington Post, writes, How did covid-19 begin? Its initial origin story is shaky,” April 2, 2020.

The story of how the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, has produced a nasty propaganda battle between the United States and China. The two sides have traded some of the sharpest charges made between two nations since the Soviet Union in 1985 falsely accused the CIA of manufacturing AIDS.

U.S. intelligence officials don’t think the pandemic was caused by deliberate wrongdoing. The outbreak that has now swept the world instead began with a simpler story, albeit one with tragic consequences: The prime suspect is “natural” transmission from bats to humans, perhaps through unsanitary markets. But scientists don’t rule out that an accident at a research laboratory in Wuhan might have spread a deadly bat virus that had been collected for scientific study.

“Good science, bad safety” is how Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) put this theory in a Feb. 16 tweet. He ranked such a breach (or natural transmission) as more likely than two extreme possibilities: an accidental leak of an “engineered bioweapon” or a “deliberate release.” Cotton’s earlier loose talk about bioweapons set off a furor, back when he first raised it in late January and called the outbreak “worse than Chernobyl.”
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Ebola health workers killed and injured by rebel attack in Congo

By Jason Burke The Guardian Nov. 28, 2019

Ebola health workers killed and injured by rebel attack in Congo

Four health workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been killed and five injured in an attack by rebel militia, the World Health Organization has said.

The attacks occurred early on Thursday morning in the restive east of the vast central African country.

“We are heartbroken that people have died in the line of duty as they worked to save others,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general. “The world has lost brave professionals.”

Casualties include a member of a vaccination team, two drivers, local officials, a UN staff member and a police officer.

The campaign against the epidemic has shown signs of progress in recent months. In the past week, seven cases of Ebola were recorded, down from a peak of more than 120 a week in April 2019, health officials said.

“Ebola was retreating. These attacks will give it force again, and more people will die as a consequence,” said Tedros. “It will be tragic to see more unnecessary suffering in communities that have already suffered so much. We call on everyone who has a role to play to end this cycle of violence.”

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It’s such a baffling response. The rebels kill the guys who are saving the lives of their enemy. However despicable, that much is understandable. But don’t they realize that Ebola spreads? To keep yourself save from it, you need to keep your enemies and everybody else safe. Otherwise it will come and get you too. Somebody should remind them of it.

Don’t forget Ebola!

What is happening with Ebola now? We are all so fixated on the coronavirus in China that I haven’t heard anything about other, even more lethal, diseases. Update us, please, about that. Thanks.

Biodiverse Soil and Mental Health!

“Biodiverse soils ease anxiety”
By Jessica Bassano
| LEAD Nov. 6, 2019.
The link between microbiomes and biodiverse soil dust may be key to understanding the relationship between green spaces and mental health.

In a new study, published in Science of the Total Environment, University of Adelaide researchers found evidence of a potentially broadly-acting microbial link between the health of ecosystems and the health of people.

The research joins a growing body of evidence indicating exposure to green spaces has a range of health benefits – including on mental health – while greater urbanisation is linked with increased risk of mental health disorders.

It follows a paper published earlier this year, which found growing more native plants in cities would increase microbial diversity and help combat the rise of non-communicable diseases such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.
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What did the Pentagon know and when did they know it?

That’s new point I hadn’t heard before: that American nuclear power plants are themselves vulnerable to the effects of climate change. We are told that they are the solution. But maybe everything is vulnerable. So the Pentagon knows things that neither the president nor the GOP politicians know.

Cow patties contain antibiotics

Here’s a new basis for worrying about feeding antibiotics to cattle to fatten them. I had never considered it before (had you?) but the animals leave manure. What’s special and different about that antibiotic-fed manure? Hmmm?