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One Health for a changing world

New open access special issue exploring the complex interactions between ecosystems, diseases and poverty dynamics.

“One Health for a changing world” is an open access special issueexternal link of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. It draws on work presented at ‘One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing’, a symposium which took place at ZSL last year, co-organised by the PECS endorsed project Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium and ZSL with support from the Royal Society.


From SARS to swine flu, and Ebola to Zika, a succession of disease outbreaks has spread alarm in an increasingly interconnected world. All the while, neglected diseases such as trypanosomiasis, brucellosis and Rift Valley fever have continued to devastate the lives of millions of vulnerable people in poorer parts of the world. The impacts of these diseases rarely make the headlines. There is though one thing many emerging and endemic diseases have in common: their origin in wild or domesticated animals. As such, both shine a spotlight on human-animal interactions, and raise important questions about the underlying environmental and socio-economic processes – including climate change, land-use change and urbanisation – which may be driving animal-to-human (zoonotic) disease transmission. The intersections of human, animal and ecosystem health lie at the heart of this issue.


With reference to case studies in Africa, this theme issue discusses the complex interactions at play, the social and political dimensions in which they exist and how modelling can help combine perspectives. Importantly, the issue interrogates the increasingly popular One Health movement which promotes an integrated, holistic approach to health. And it asks: Has One Health really as much to offer in practice as it has in theoretical appeal?

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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.