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One Health: the 21st century challenge
  1. Sue Welburn, BSc, PhD
  1. Edinburgh Global Health Academy, Division of Pathway Medicine and Centre for Infectious Diseases, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Chancellor's Building, 49 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SB
  1. e-mail: sue.welburn{at}

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Sue Welburn assesses recent progress in developing the One Health concept, and where the challenges remain

IN 2005, Veterinary Record and the British Medical Journal published joint issues exploring the benefit of ‘One Health’ collaborations between the two professions, resulting in both journals publishing features on the themes of animal and human health (VR, November 26, 2005, vol 157, pp 669–716; BMJ, November 26, 2005, vol 331, pp 1213–1280). This initiative was timely, as evidenced by the positive feedback it received worldwide. Since 2005, work has progressed steadily between veterinary, medical and wider environmental organisations to further promote the One Health approach globally.

Various initiatives arising out of the 2006 Beijing Principles have led to a number of high level international advocacy meetings, resulting in greater collaboration of international bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), much of which was highlighted in a recent Veterinary Record Comment (Anon 2010a). The establishment of centres such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Centre for Zoonotic, Vectorborne and …

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