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GHF2014 – PS26 – The Potential of One Health and EcoHealth Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

The Potential of One Health and EcoHealth Approaches to Health and Wellbeing
Dr. Jacob Zinsstag
Professor, PhD, DVM, Group Leader, Head of Unit , Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Prof. Bassirou Bonfoh
Director of the Swiss Centre for Scientific Research (CSRS) Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Dr. Margot Parkes
Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Maya K. Gislason
Associate Researcher, Centre for Global Health Policy, University of Sussex, UK
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Esther Schelling
Mobile populations and Health, Swiss TPH, Switzerland
One Health and EcoHealth are new concepts. Many people use the terms but often without knowing what they mean. This session will present key examples of One Health and Ecohealth approaches, demonstrating the added value of closer cooperation between human and animal health sectors in terms of health and wellbeing of humans and animals. Human health is inextricably linked to intact ecosystems, yet we overuse and destroy them in a way which increasingly affects our health. Health and ecosystem integrity have to be considered together. This requires participatory transdisciplinary approaches of negotiation of trade-offs between different perspectives. Transdisciplinary approaches are inherent to One Health and Ecohealth approaches and this session will provide a unique opportunity for the broader understanding of the concepts and future orientation of research in Switzerland and globally.

Dr. Jacob Zinsstag

Jakob Zinsstag graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine (Dr. med. vet.) on Salmonella diagnosis at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Berne in 1986. After his studies he worked in rural practice and as post doctoral fellow on trypanosomiasis research at the Swiss Tropical Institute. From 1990 to end of 1993 he led a livestock helminthosis project for the University of Berne at the International Trypanotolerance Centre in The Gambia. From 1994 to 1998 he directed the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Since 1998 he leads a research group at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Basel on the interface of human and animal health with a focus on health of nomadic people and control of zoonoses in developing countries under the paradigm of  “one medicine”. He holds a PhD in Tropical Animal Production from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2004 he is Assistant Professor and since 2010 Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Basel. He is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) and member of the scientific advisory board of the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium. Jakob Zinsstag has been elected president of the International Association for Ecology and Health in 2012.

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