September 2020

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The One Health Commission denounces racism and health inequities of all descriptions and urges the world to implement One Health at all levels of academia, research, government and policy as a path to achieving the United Nations Sustainability Goals, Global Health and Global Security.

The COVET study is collecting opinions from veterinary and animal care workers on disaster preparedness related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal to develop and maintain a resilient animal care workforce capable of responding to this and future crisis situations. Please participate in this brief survey if you are 1) A veterinary medicine worker 2) An animal shelter or control worker 3) Zoological facility or wildlife worker. Feel free to widely distribute this survey . Questions contact
My mask protects you ….Your Mask Protects Me….. We’re all in this Together!!!
WHO has launched a new #WearAMask challenge! By wearing a mask, you are sending a message of solidarity and protecting people, especially those most vulnerable, from COVID-19. Take a photo or a video of yourself wearing a mask, share it and nominate friends to do the same.
Author: Enric Sala  In: National Geographic Magazine 
“A healthy natural world is our best antivirus.” Sala makes the case for protecting our planet in order to protect ourselves in this piece in the September 2020 issue of National Geographic. He discusses how we ourselves have jeopardized our health by degrading our planet. (See also New Book!)
Webinars / Podcasts about the Pandemic
May 12-14, 2021
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Organized by Africa CDC, CPHIA2021 will focus on the effects of COVID-19 in Africa and include a review of lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as opportunities to re-evaluate the new normal in public health practice. The call for abstracts will be launched on October 1, 2020 and close on January 31, 2021. Learn more.
August 26, 2020
Younger workers are more likely to have lost work and earnings as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The closure of schools and universities due to lockdown restrictions has affected young people both educationally and socially, leading a generation already concerned about future employment prospects to experience increased mental health/wellbeing concerns and isolation. In low-resource settings, poor infrastructure and lack of access to technology are huge barriers to digital engagement. Lack of safe spaces means young people are now increasingly vulnerable to sexual exploitation. Covid-19 has widened pre-existing gaps in gender equality. Despite the challenges students and young people have shown their willingness to share knowledge and create pathways to prosperity that can forge lasting connections between youth and community action.
August 26-27, 2020 
Virtual Workshop -
Hosted by the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine as part of its Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI)  larger body of COVID-19 related work. This workshop featured experts in aerosol science, virology, infectious disease, and epidemiology.
August 13, 2020
Virtual Event
Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci Hosted by National Geographic. 
August 13, 2020  
Hosted by the ZAHP Response and Recovery Fusion Center, a USDA-funded initiative that works to disseminate critical information on prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery to the managed wildlife community while developing new partnerships with federal agencies, local and state emergency responders, and private sector groups concerned with animal welfare and emergency management. In this chat subject matter experts from across the exotic animal industry shared an overview of what we currently know about COVID-19, what we still don’t know, and the impact on zoological facilities. Topics: disease pathology, species susceptibility, testing recommendations, the importance of One Health, and more! Recording available .
July 27-31, 2020
Virtual Workshop
Hosted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), led by a multi-disciplinary Expert Panel. IPBES was established to improve the interface between science and policy on issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The purpose: to strengthen public knowledge about the link between biodiversity, the current COVID-19 and future pandemics. The workshop evolved from the ongoing IPBES thematic Nexus Assessment 2019-2030  Work Program examining the sustainable development goals related to food and water security, health for all, protecting biodiversity on land and in the oceans and combating climate change. See the initial IPBES Nexus Assessment scoping overview.   Workshop report is due out in September.
July 16, 2020 Webinar
Speakers Lonnie King, DVM, MS, MPA, ACVPM and Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD addressed two important dimensions as the world faces this major challenge: 1) The historical context of how we got here, syndemics (synergistic epidemics), and future needs, and 2) The current progress of vaccine development against SARS-CoV-2 and how the world can best prepare against future emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
Other NEWS 

We hope that you are creatively planning your One Health Day 2020 event using posters, social media, OpEds/Commentaries, podcasts, webinars, radio announcements / interviews, Zoom brown bag lunches and other exciting ways (not in-person) to help the world understand the urgency of implementing One Health.
Don't forget to register how you are leading the way for One Health Day 2020 in your region!!
New Group: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Optimum Access and Use in Uganda
Using the One Health approach, this platform aims at creating a network on key issues of antimicrobial stewardship, optimum access and use in Uganda and beyond. Group members are multidisciplinary, with an interest in promoting appropriate use of antimicrobials to reduce development of AMR. Contact
Who is doing what AMR research and Where?
The Global AMR R&D Hub was launched in May 2018 in response to a call from G20 Leaders to address challenges and improve coordination and collaboration in AMR R&D using a One Health approach. This global partnership currently consists of 17 countries, the European Commission and two philanthropic foundations. The Hub assists with the identification of AMR R&D priorities by providing consolidated information through the Dynamic Dashboard and the resulting analysis. The goal is to help support high-level decision- and policy-makers in the efficient allocation of resources and help maximize the impact of research activities in order to mitigate the AMR threat. See achievements in first 2 years.
Hosted by the Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative. Over 1,000 individuals from 45 countries have participated in virtual Global One Health Summer Institute so far. The 9th annual institute is distinctive for setting high marks in the variety of trainings (workshops, modules, panel discussions and webinars), the number of collaborating organizations, the number of countries represented and the number of participants.
Antibiotic resistance is a One Health problem best addressed with a One Health approach. From 2015 to 2018, Wisconsin and surrounding states experienced an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg. Thanks to a strong local One Health partnership and an advanced molecular technique known as whole genome sequencing, scientists discovered that a new strain of Salmonella was causing outbreaks of severe illness in dairy calves and people, mostly children. Lessons from this outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections have shaped practices to identify, control, and prevent outbreaks that threaten the health of both animals and people.
The session summary states, “To advance the field we must expand interdisciplinary databases to rapidly access information on biodiversity, public health and ecosystems and, to be truly successful, widen One Health applications into agricultural, clinical and environmental issues.”
Student News
Review of ISOHA Committee Applications Ongoing

We received numerous applications for the different positions. We appreciate your interest in serving and representing fellow One Health Champions.

We are currently reviewing the applications and expect to share the results very soon.

Thank you once again for showing interest.

-ISOHA Executive Committee 2020-2021

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Upcoming Events
September 3, 2020
HEAL Community of Practice Webinar
1300 EAT
Dr Mathew Muturi, co-leader of Kenya’s Zoonotic Disease Unit, will bring the government perspective and share Kenya’s experiences to discuss how One Health initiatives can better work with governments. Contact for registration details. Recording will be available here. HEAL Community of Practice webinars are organized jointly with the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre for Africa.
September 21-22, 2020
Virtual Panel and Poster Sessions 
The International Conference on Sustainable Development invites you to attend their panel and poster sessions that revolve around the theme, "Cross-cutting Solutions for the Decade of Action." Free but you must Register here.
September 22 and 29, 2020, Webinar Series
Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History hosts a video webinar series in conjunction with the exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World. Free but you must register to receive your unique login link:
September 24, 2020
Virtual Webinar - Cary Science Conversation
7:00 - 8:00 PM Eastern
Disease ecologists Dr. Rick Ostfeld and Dr. Felicia Keesing will explore the role of biodiversity in infectious disease spillovers. Free but you must Register here.

October 5-6, 2020 
Hosted by One Health European Joint Project, delivered by the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA). Communication of science is one of the most challenging skills to acquire and yet is crucial to realising the impact of research. This free workshop will cover all media formats, including social media. Key aim: develop communication skills of young researchers to equip them to drive their research forward and generate maximum impact for their target audiences. More information and to apply visit:
This conference gathers One Health researchers, policymakers, representatives of international institutions, commercial partners, and 2020 postgraduates for three days of intense programming. Includes parallel tracks on ‘One Health science', on ‘Antimicrobial agents and resistance’ and on 'Science Policy Interface.' Special attention will go to public health security and the discussion about how international public health action can build a safer future for humans, animals and the environment. Call for abstracts is still open. Early bird registration is open until September 18, 2020! Register here.
November 2-4, 2020 
Virtual Conference
This year's agenda will allow leaders dedicated to One Health to learn, collaborate, and develop solutions as, together, we all become better stewards of antibiotics while combating antimicrobial resistance. Topics will feature updates on the latest research on antibiotic stewardship, antimicrobial resistance and alternatives within human, animal - both farm and companion, and environmental health.
November 5-7, 2020
Virtual Conference
Hosted by the Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative. This biennial conference brings global stakeholders (campus, local, state, national and international) together to discuss priority global health capacity needs, recent events and progress towards sustained prevention and control.
March 12-14, 2021
Virtual Conference
Hosted by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Breakout panel submissions are due by October 16, 2020 and satellite session applications are due by November 1, 2020. Submit abstracts for presentations and posters by October 23, 2020. Register here.
Recent PAST EVENTS (You might have missed)
These events have passed but we would like for the world to be aware of them!
August 26, 2020 Online Workshop 
Presentation by Dr Anne-Lise Chaber who has worked internationally (Europe, Botswana, United Arab Emirates, Australia) on cross-disciplinary approaches to human, animal and ecosystem health, and is an experienced epidemiologist whose research expands to topics such as the bushmeat trade and livestock-wildlife-humans disease transmission. Her introduction of the One Health concept will be followed by a case study of a disease affecting wildlife and livestock on Kangaroo Island and a discussion on what issues must be addressed to improve the links between human, wildlife and environmental health on the island.
August 11, 2020 Webinar
Hosted by the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction and Environment Progromme
Moderator: Deyanira Barrero, Colombian Agricultural and Livestock Institute (ICA). 
  • Francesco Gaetani, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission.  
  • Alma Mendoza, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) - Use of models to identify areas with a high probability of incidence of zoonotic diseases.  
  • Junxia Song, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Strategic proposal to reduce the risk of zoonosis, within the “One Health” approach. 
Commentator: Natalie Boodram, Senior Technical Officer/Biodiversity and Ecosystems Team Leader at the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI).
August 6, 2020 Webinar
Guest speaker Bassirou Bonfoh, Director of Afrique One-ASPIRE presented the first in a webinar series hosted by One Health Units for Humans, Environment, and Livelihoods (OH4HEAL). Created in 2019, OH4HEAL applies One Health to enhance the well-being and resilience of vulnerable communities in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Recording Available.
See the list of planned webinars ( which began August 5, 2020 with. Questions:
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Call for Papers

Include your understanding and passion for One Health in this Call
People-Planet-Health is accepting submissions of stories in order to give the actions of local organizations, particularly those led and supported by young people, voice and visibility. This process will culminate in contributions of those actions to the new WHO Global Health Promotion Strategy. Submit your voice and story here. The writing process will commence in Autumn 2020.

One Health Translations Needed is a website created by Dr. Deborah Thomson designed to provide free lessons about COVID-19 to audiences of all ages. They have so far been translated into 35 languages. Still needed are translations for: Romanian, German, Amharic, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Assamese, Nepali, Cantonese, Mandarin Farsi, Urdu, Russian, Turkish, Croatian, Bangla, Slovak, Afrikaans, Danish, Hebrew, Japanese, Chichewa, Kiswahili, Kalenjin, Kichwa, Korean, Burmese, Igala, Hausa, Igbo, Ibibio, Pidgin English (Western Africa), Ijebu, Tiv, Ekiti, Yemba, Wolof, Mandinka, and Ebira. If you want to help translate a lesson, contact Gabriela Nogueira Viçosa at
Fellowships/ Residencies / Postdocs
Duke University One Health Team, Durham, North Carolina, USA. Will work with a team of faculty, clinicians, postdoctoral professionals, graduate and undergraduate students conducting research and training on human and animal viruses in 14 countries. Once pandemic has subsided, would involve occasional short-term travel to the Team’s network of international partner sites. 
Are you interested in playing a role in addressing global health challenges after graduation? You should check out the Global Health Equity Scholars Program! GHES is a 12 month research training fellowship in low and middle income countries that provides you with the opportunity to get an amazing boots-on-the-ground experience that improves peoples’ livelihoods through livestock health and mitigates their risk for infectious diseases. Hear more about the program from an North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate who is currently conducting research in Kenya here. Applications due November 2nd.
Journal Articles / Reports

Stentiford GD, Bateman IJ, Hinchliffe SJ et al. Nat Food (2020).

Lechner I, Freivogel C, Stark KDC, Visschers VHM. Front. Public Health (2020).

FAO, August 1, 2020,

Gibb, R., Redding, D.W., Chin, K.Q. et al. Nature (2020).

One Health implementation in the Global South: a holistic approach to address the key challenges of livestock-dependent communities. Veterinarians Without Borders (VSF) International Policy Brief n. 6 – June 2020.

Make science evolve into a One Health approach to improve health and security: a white paper, Osterhaus, A.D.M.E., Vanlangendonck, C., Barbeschi, M. et al. One Health Outlook 2, 6 (2020)

One-health approach: A best possible way to control rabies. Acharya, K.P., Acharya, N., Phuyal, S., et al. One Health (2020)

United Nations Environment Program Report, July 6, 2020,
New Book

By Enric Sala
In this compelling book author Enric Sala, a renowned ecologist and oceanographer, shows us that once we appreciate how nature works, we will understand why conservation is economically wise and essential to our survival.
  • Duke One Health Researchers Publish a Study Highlighting Viral Pathogens Missed by Real-time PCR
  • Duke One Health Team initiates the DGHI Viral Pathogen Discovery Network
Annual Scientific Meeting, EJP Annual Report, New Global Stakeholders, Translating Our Science to Policy, One Health EJP Outcome Inventory, Events, New One Health EJP Projects, The One Health EJP Response to COVID-19, Updates from the AIR SAMPLE Project, Short Term Missions Earlier This Year

A new report from UNEP and ILRI describes how the novel coronavirus is part of a growing trend of zoonotic diseases that have jumped from animals into the human population. The drivers of this trend – including climate change and an increased demand for meat – are on the rise. To stop future pandemics we must work together to adopt a “One Health” approach that brings together medical, veterinary, and environmental expertise.
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