One Health approach. Non only relevant but necessary!


Chemsafe, Colleretto Giacosa (TO), Italy

The idea of ​​“One Health” is that health involves all levels of the ecosphere: human beings, animals and plants and, of course, climate and environment (see Figure 1). Disrupting one level, therefore, affects all other levels. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic is an example of this.


In other words (from FAO web site):
“The health of animals, people, plants and the environment is interconnected. One Health is an integrated approach that recognizes this fundamental relationship and ensures that specialists in multiple sectors work together to tackle health threats to animals, humans, plants and the environment. The global impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a human health crisis caused by a virus passed from animals, highlights the need for coordinated action across sectors to protect health and prevent disruption to food systems”.


WHO (World Health Organization) defines One Health approach as follows:
“One Health” is an approach to designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health ...