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WHO urges investing in “One Health” actions for better health of the people and the planet

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🗞️ Driving the news: The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging world leaders to bolster political commitment and invest in the "One Health" approach
• This strategy aims to address health threats by considering the interconnection between humans, animals, plants, and the environment

🔭 The context: "One Health Day," observed annually on November 3rd, highlights the importance of this integrated approach
• It's a call to action for cross-sector collaboration to prevent diseases, ensure food safety, reduce antimicrobial resistance, and tackle environmental issues

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The One Health approach not only aims to save lives and promote well-being but also offers significant economic benefits
• The FAO and the World Bank estimate that such efforts could return at least $37 billion per year to the global community, with an investment cost of less than 10% of this amount

⏭️ What's next: The Quadripartite collaboration on One Health, which includes WHO, FAO, UNEP, and WOAH, has launched the One Health Joint Plan of Action (OH JPA) for 2022-2026
• A guide for implementing the OH JPA at the national level is set to be released in December 2023

💬 One quote: "A One Health approach makes public health sense, economic sense, and common sense," (Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General)

📈 One stat: Air pollution results in 7 million human deaths and $3 trillion in losses annually

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