The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a new online training module that aims to support countries, international organizations, and partners to work together to identify common ground in order to maximize efforts to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) based on the approach outlined in WHO’s flagship NTD Road map document.
A One Health approach recognizes that the relationships between human, animal, and environmental health is key to sustainably address neglected tropical diseases, and to achieve the targets set out in WHO’s Road map for neglected tropical disease 2021-2030.
Fundamentally, One Health is about understanding “whole system” interactions and bringing together relevant stakeholders and sectors to take a coordinated approach where it is appropriate to do so. The first step is simple: explore where a One Health approach would be appropriate and build collaboration between relevant disciplines and sectors in order to recognize the connection between humans, animals, and the environment, as well as the necessity for integrated health interventions.
WHO invites all interested parties – public to human and animal health practitioners, program managers, country representatives, and representatives of international organizations and non-State actors – to take the course on One Health in action, to continue the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases.