Evaluation and challenges/limitations of One Health




Session report available here.


One Health has been gaining momentum. There is an expectation that an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the prevention and management of disease risk leads to better disease prevention and control, more efficient use of the scarce resources and increased resilience. However, there is little evidence on the measured added value of One Health in comparison to traditional approaches. This session presents both practical examples and theoretical frameworks to discuss how we can measure what works and what does not work in One Health and how we can capture the added value to human, animals, society, and the environment.


Session coordinator: Barbara Haesler & Simon Ruegg

Introductory speakers:

  • Dr Alain VandersmissenEuropean External Action Service“Historical developments of the One Health Movement since 2005  - Drivers, Opportunities and Challenges”
  • Dr Abbas OmarChatham House, UK  “Infectious Disease Risk Assessment and Management (IDRAM) Initiative”
  • Dr Simon RüeggUniversity of Zürich, “NEOH evaluation framework, evaluating One Healthness”.

        Dr Simon Rüegg, University of Zürich, reporting to the plenary about the outcomes of the session.


Flash talks:

  • Dr Barry McMahon, University College Dublin, “The role of biodiversity in the ecology of zoonotic disease transmission”
  • Dr Tracey Dutcher, USDA APHIS VS, “Strengthening Cross-Sector Emergency Preparedness and Response Using the One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART)”