Controlling the risks of disease outbreaks and reducing endemic infectious diseases are crucial to food security, public health, climate change and biodiversity. We use the phrase ‘A Global One Health’, as it reflects the interconnectedness and global nature of health care for humans, animals, plants and the environment. Many health risks can be controlled through effective interventions consisting of an adequate and varied food supply, hygiene, medicines, vaccines, vector control and crop protection.
A sustainable and shared approach requires an integrated analysis of infectious diseases, with contributions from various knowledge domains. We perform research into infectious diseases, vectors, ecology, epidemiology, healthy agriculture (animal health and plant health), healthy nutrition and intestinal flora, food security and safety, and social health issues. Through a system approach, we provide an essential contribution to improving the health of people, animals and plants.
Four themes - Global One Health
Global One Health at Wageningen University & Research focuses on four themes, covering a broad spectrum of health and diseases in a societal context.:
- Health and (Emerging) infectious diseases
- Health and environment (this includes climate change)
- Health and society
- Health and food
Within all subthemes multidisciplinary research and research integration is endorsed.