One Health: Preventing and combating pandemics worldwide

Project description

Title: Global Programme for Pandemic Prevention and Response, One Health
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global; Cambodia, Cameroon, Ecuador, Selva Maya (Belize, Guatemala, Mexico), Viet Nam, East African Community
Overall term: 2021 to 2024

Infographic on the topic of One Health: environmental, animal and human health are interdependent.

Context

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of rapid action, working together and strong health systems in adequately responding to and preventing outbreaks of infectious disease. The correct handling of pathogens will play an increasingly important role in the future.

In addition to viruses, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is growing as a global health threat. Not only in human medicine, but also in agriculture, drugs such as antibiotics are not used properly, which accelerates the development of AMR. In order to successfully prevent health risks, measures must therefore be interdisciplinary and interdepartmental.

The term ‘One Health’ refers to an interdisciplinary approach that takes into account the health of people, animals and the environment. The focus is on preventive measures that protect health and also contribute to sustainable development.

Objective

Selected countries and regional organisations are better able to prevent and tackle epidemics and pandemics.

Approach

The project operates in three areas: Firstly, it improves international and regional cooperation on One Health and pandemic prevention. Secondly, it supports relevant institutions in six partner countries and regions to implement this approach (Cambodia, Cameroon, East African Community, Ecuador, , Selva Maya and Viet Nam). Thirdly, it promotes the technical and professional skills in the organisations concerned.

The project provides advice on digital solutions and early warning systems, using open source and existing applications. It also promotes the exchange of knowledge and long-term training in partner structures. In the Selva Maya region, indigenous knowledge is also used in pandemic prevention.

The German Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG) is integrated into this approach. Experts from different fields participate in it as part of a cooperation network. At the request of the various partners, they carry out short assignments in partner countries and support them in pandemic prevention and early detection.

Last update: August 2022