FAO implements One Health to prevent zoonotic diseases

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) urges all countries to adopt a One Health approach to prevent, detect and control emerging zoonotic diseases.

Interactions at the human-animal-environment interface are the basis for disease emergence, so a One Health approach is critical to preventing, detecting and controlling emerging zoonotic diseases, FAO noted in a statement received here on Friday.

FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Keith Sumption explained that One Health is about protecting human, plant and animal life, and ecosystems by recognizing how the health of each part is connected.

“We will not prevent future pandemics without One Health, because One Health is an important part of preventing and managing spillovers from animals to humans,” said Sumption at the One Health G20 Side Event entitled “Implementing One Health to Achieve Health Security for Economic Stability.” .”

He said that because public health has a ripple effect on livelihoods, ensuring the implementation of the One Health approach at global, regional and country levels is critical to progress in controlling zoonotic diseases, tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and ensuring safe and nutritious food. food for everyone.

“It is very important to include One Health as part of the global health architecture, which is one of the priorities of Indonesia’s G20 presidency,” he concluded.

On the occasion, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia Budi Gunadi Sadikin emphasized the need for urgent international collaboration to prevent and overcome future pandemics in a sustainable manner through One Health as a long-term, feasible and sustainable approach.

“There is no health without One Health,” he said in his opening remarks.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that previously unknown diseases can emerge at any time, threatening the health, well-being and economy of all societies.

In supporting the restoration of global health security, G20 member countries reflect on the Lombok One Health Brief which sets out 10 recommendations to strengthen and mainstream the One Health approach at all levels.

The report urges the G20 to embrace the One Health Joint Plan of Action (JPA) developed by Quadripartite — FAO, World Animal Health Organization (WOAH), World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – – as an operational framework for achieving national targets and priorities for One Health interventions.

Another recommendation is to mainstream One Health and help create an enabling environment for its implementation by mobilizing resources, partnerships and sustainable investment and facilitating knowledge sharing and capacity building of One Health.

As chair of this year’s G20, Indonesia has a strategic position and opportunity to share One Health’s best practices and knowledge with the rest of the world to transform the global health architecture while contributing to long-term economic growth and stability.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has worked with the Government of Indonesia for more than five decades to strengthen environmental sustainability, economic growth, and health.

FAO, with USAID support, will continue to support Indonesia in implementing One Health in the areas of food security and security, sustainable agriculture, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), nutrition, animal and plant health, fisheries, and livelihoods.