BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN HUMAN, ANIMAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH – GFA Newsletter September 2023
© GFA | Deborah Amanor Not many people know that 75 % of newly emerging diseases are caused by zoonosis such as HIV, Ebola, swine and bird flu, which are transferred from animals to humans. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has been a bitter reminder of the interconnectedness of all life forms on our planet. Unfortunately but most probably there is more to come.
This is why there is a vital need for a united approach to preserving the delicate balance between us humans and nature. The One Health concept is such a united approach that offers a holistic path towards safeguarding not just human health but the welfare of all living beings and the earth itself.
To GFA Consulting Group, One Health is not just a theoretical concept – it is a call to action. It marks a transformative shift from segmented systems to interdisciplinary alliances and cohesive integration across all sectors and levels. To this end, GFA fosters knowledge sharing through digital innovation, smart databases and surveillance among consultant teams with a wide range of expertise. At the same time, community-based strategies integrate valuable insights from traditional and local knowledge systems.
The articles in this newsletter highlight success stories from ongoing GFA projects engaged in One Health in Europe, Vietnam, Togo and Sub-Saharan Africa. The projects’ interdisciplinary synergy is at the heart of tackling health challenges holistically and reflects the company’s commitment to promoting comprehensive well-being and sustainability at a global scale.