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Drivers of Disease leads high-level One Health symposium

A high-level symposium, ‘One Health in the Real Word: zoonoses,
ecosystems and wellbeing’, is being co-organised by the ESPAexternal link-funded
Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium.

The symposium, to be held at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) 17-18 March 2016, is bringing together leading experts from different fields in the natural and social sciences to discuss ‘healthy ecosystems, healthy people’.

Co-organised by ZSL, in partnership with the Royal Society, the event will present new interdisciplinary frameworks for a One Health approach to zoonotic diseases (those passed from vertebrate animals to people). One Health rests on the principle that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interdependent. However, there is little integration in understanding the relationships between these sectors. Often research is divided between those who focus on environmental change and ecosystem services; those who address socio-economic, poverty and wellbeing issues; and those who consider health and disease, leading to fragmented understandings and inadequate responses.

The symposium will also highlight evidence from field-based settings, including those in Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe where Drivers of Disease researchers have been working. Importantly, it will also debate implications of a One Health approach for policy and practice.

Agreed speakers to date include Dr David Nabarro, who organised the UN’s response to the recent Ebola crisis, Professor Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, Professor Chris Dye, Director of Strategy at  WHO, and Dr Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance.

The Drivers of Disease consortium has been working for more than three years to deliver much-needed, cutting-edge science on the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing, with the objective of moving people out of poverty and promoting social justice.

PECS - Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society

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Stockholm University
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The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a core project of Future Earth. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.