One Health: new evaluation framework launched

Xiao‑Xi Zhang, Jing‑Shu Liu, Le‑Fei Han, Geoff Simm, Xiao-Kui Guo, Xiao‑Nong Zhou

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Abstract

The ‘One Health’ approach aims to balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems in a sustainable way (see go.nature.com/3j7w8re). However, a dearth of evaluation tools is hampering application of this initiative in shaping policies and practice.

As members of the Global One Health Index team of 38 researchers and an expert advisory committee, we have developed a framework for assessing One Health performance in guiding policymaking in local settings. We used the index to assess the One Health approach of more than 200 countries and territories to zoonotic-disease control, food security, climate-change mitigation and antimicrobial resistance (see X.-X. Zhang et al. Preprint at https://doi.org/hq75; 2022).

As well as helping to advance general understanding of the determinants and functions of a One Health approach, the results will enable the formulation of a realistic plan for implementing the principles globally and for promoting capacity building where it is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-625
Number of pages1
JournalNature
Volume604
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2022

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