One Health, a holistic approach to address the key challenges of livestock keepers in the South

Policy brief, Publications, Technical brief

The VSF International network studied the added value of One Health as a framework for achieving sustainable improvements in human, animal and environmental well-being in the South.

In two new publications, the network presents its principles for the implementation of One Health. It also describes the strategic axes put in place to address the interdependent health risks affecting poor and vulnerable livestock-dependent communities. It calls for strengthening the implementation of One Health to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through adequate policies and funding.

The documents also highlight the importance of involving a wide range of stakeholders in One Health interventions, including local communities and farmers’ organizations. These are on the front line of food production, at the interface between animal health and productivity, sustainable environmental management and human health. They also hold a valuable set of traditional knowledge.

It is also essential to systematically include the environmental “pillar” by focusing, among other things, on human practices that impact on the environment and which, in turn, affect human health.

>Download the Policy Brief for an overview of the issue.

>Download the Technical Paper for a more detailed analysis.