Achieving best health for all requires effective and efficient intersectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration across human, animal, plant, and environment domains. Since the 1800s scientists have recognised the links between disease processes in animals and humans. Over the past two decades, it has become clear that human impacts on the health of our planet (including land use change, soil depletion, greenhouse gas emissions, and biodiversity loss) result in adverse effects on animal and human health.
To prevent, rapidly identify, respond to, and recover from such challenges, the expertise of researchers from many disciplines is needed. One such challenge is to safeguard poultry production and public health from infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and unexpected shocks to ensure that people have access to safe, nutritious and healthy food.
Such an interdisciplinary approach is known as ‘One Health’.
The Hub is employing a One Health approach to identify factors influencing health risks associated with intensification of poultry production to inform the development of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable interventions that will result in improved health for people, animals and societies. It is an approach which supports health security, food security and food systems and that incorporates ethics in human, animal, and environmental health. It also contributes to the United Nations’ call to ‘Build Back Better’ after COVID-19 and to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.