HRCC Director invited to Lancet One Health Commission

December 21, 2018 - HRCC

Maria Lapinski has joined the Lancet One Health Commission, led by the Center for Global Health at the University of Oslo.

One Health is collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach to health—working at the local, regional, national, and global levels—with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

This initiative will convene approximately 20 Commissioners from around the world who are experts in One Health related fields over a period of three years. These experts will be split into working groups, culminating in an evidence-based Commission report and conference in 2021. An advisory group of senior experts will be formed and consulted where appropriate.

The Lancet has nominated the two co-chairs: Dr. John Amuasi, Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and Prof. Andrea Winkler, Centre for Global Health at UiO and Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich. A core group comprising of staff from the Centre for Global Health at UiO, WHO and Imperial College is driving the direction, design and implementation of the Commission.

The overall objective of the One Health Lancet Commission is to synthesize current evidence on One Health for timely policy translation at local and global levels.

Furthermore, the commission has 5 specific objectives:

  1. To demonstrate the pressing need to re-define One Health in the 21st century;
  2. To synthesize evidence related to infectious diseases; non-infectious diseases; food security and nutrition from a One Health perspective.
  3. To actively involve disciplines/actors such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, informatics companies etc;
  4. To establish a business case for both government and private sector investment in One Health;
  5. To produce recommendations with regard to key policies, implementation and governance of One Health.