ACIAR has a long history of investing in programs that address the linkages between food security and human health through a One Health approach.
What is One Health?
One Health recognises that the health of humans, animals and our environment are all inter-connected.
One Health promotes a collaborative, multi-sectoral and transdisciplinary approach to ensure the health of humans, animals and our environment. From a public health perspective, One Health acknowledges that you cannot achieve optimal health of the global human population if, for example our agrifood systems are broken, our environment is polluted, or veterinary systems and services are not adequately resourced to control animal disease and ensure the safety of our food that comes from them.
If One Health becomes ‘part of everyday life’ it will enable us to better identify and prevent risk of spillover events, whilst at the same time strengthening the systems that simultaneously keep us safe from disease and provide our food.
A regional partnership
The Research for One Health Systems Strengthening Program is bringing together leading Australian researchers and regional counterparts to address issues at the critical interface between people, animals and the environment.
The program is a co-investment and partnership between ACIAR and DFAT, through the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security
The research will address zoonotic malaria in Indonesia, antimicrobial resistance in Fiji, extrapulmonary tuberculosis and zoonotic arboviruses in Papua New Guinea, highly pathogenic avian influenza policies and implementation in Cambodia, Laos PDR and Vietnam.
The Australian research institutions receiving funding through the program include CSIRO, Menzies School of Health Research, University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health, Swinburne University of Technology, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness and the Burnet Institute.