It’s estimated that 75 percent of all new diseases are zoonotic, meaning that they are transferred from animals to humans. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) One Health concept is dedicated to tackling new and existing zoonotic diseases with unified, collaborative efforts between veterinary medicine and human medicine, and the environmental sciences.
The Rockefeller Foundation grant to the AVMA will help establish a National One Health Commission and a global One Health Initiative dedicated to attaining optimal human, animal and environmental health through the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally.
“Multiple stakeholder partners have now joined the initial collaborative relationship between the AVMA and AMA,” says Dr. Mahr, who is the project director for the steering committee. “This grant from the Rockefeller Foundation provides an even greater opportunity to ensure the success of this initiative as we strive together to improve the health of people, animals, and our environment worldwide.”
The One Health Joint Steering Committee now has nearly twenty participating member organizations, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Park Service, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.
By the end of the 2009, the National One Health Commission will be established to lead One Health more autonomously from its founding organizations and begin implementation of the initiative’s four strategic goals. These goals are to:
SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association