Stakeholders in One Health

Jonna A Mazet, M. M. Uhart, J. D. Keyyu

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The stakeholders in One Health include the ultimate beneficiaries (i.e. animals, people and the environment) and the organisations that work to protect them (i.e. research institutes, government ministries, international organisations and professional bodies). However, identifying these stakeholders who will contribute to One Health activities and develop solutions to complex health problems can be difficult, as these problems often affect all sectors of society. In addition, evolving concepts about health and its dependence on environmental resilience necessitate the inclusion of ministries, organisations and disciplines that may not have been traditionally considered to be related to health. The multilateral organisations with greatest responsibilities in the global health arena have recognised that the best way to protect health security and promote overall global well-being is to work together across disciplinary and jurisdictional boundaries. Permanent regional networks and ad hoc networks created to tackle specific issues (both of which require donor investment) are also facilitating improved disease surveillance and collaborative approaches to synchronised interventions across country borders. These networks necessarily involve the key ministries for One Health, those of health, agriculture/livestock, and natural resources/environment. Ministries play a critical role in the formulation and implementation of policies for the promotion of health and disease control. They contribute to all stages of the One Heath process, as do universities, which engage by generating knowledge and capacity through teaching, research and extension services. Similarly, non-governmental organisations have a key role in stewardship; resource mobilisation; generation of knowledge; capacity development; intervention design; and implementation. Finally, communities, including rural and indigenous peoples, particularly those that are in close proximity to natural areas, are at the heart of the One Health concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-452
Number of pages10
JournalOIE Revue Scientifique et Technique
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014


  • Adaptive management
  • Collaborative approach
  • Community involvement
  • Global health
  • Ministerial oversight
  • Multilateral organisation
  • Non-governmental organisation
  • One Health
  • Stakeholder
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Medicine(all)


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