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International FAO-OIE-WHO collaboration

Coordinating the many players involved in human, animal and environmental health is vital to meet the health challenges of tomorrow. In this context, three major international organisations, WHO, the OIE and FAO, are working together to prevent and control health risks at the human–animal–ecosystems interface. They are developing global strategies and tools to ensure a consistent, harmonised approach throughout the world, and to better coordinate human, veterinary and environmental health policies at the national and international levels.


FAO-OIE-WHO: a worldwide cross-sectoral strategy for “One Health”

These three organisations have worked together for many years to prevent, detect, control and eliminate health threats to humans, originating – directly or indirectly – from animals.

Putting the “One Health”» vision into practice has been facilitated by a formal alliance between the three organisations. In this context, the FAO, OIE and WHO acknowledge their respective responsibilities in combating diseases which have a severe impact on health and the economy, particularly zoonoses.

The basis of the FAO-OIE-WHO Tripartite Alliance

In 2010, the three Organisations published a Tripartite Concept Note, describing their collaboration and objectives in the prevention and control of health risks at the human–animal–ecosystems interface.

By working together in this way, they can create synergy in their expertise and communications activities on issues of common interest, in order to mobilise their public and private partners, Member Country governments and public opinion.

They meet regularly and their principal activities are aimed at early detection of the emergence of animal and human diseases, so that these can be met with a swift and targeted response to control disease outbreaks and prevent their spread worldwide

Such actions include, for example:

  • developing their capacities for surveillance and rapid response, through the epidemiological data gathered by their respective health surveillance and early warning systems;
  • ensuring consistency across the standard-setting activities of the three organisations (the intergovernmental standards of the OIE, the International Health Regulations [IHR] of the WHO and the international food standards of the Codex Alimentarius);
  • evaluation of and taking measures to manage disease risks;
  • building capacity for the health authorities of their Member Countries.

 

>>> The 3 priorities of the Tripartite Alliance <<<

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Animal influenza

Antimicrobial resistance

Rabies

 

Enlarging the Tripartite commitment to face health challenges of the future

In October 2017, the OIE, the FAO and the WHO released their second Tripartite strategic document reaffirming their commitment to provide multi-sectoral, collaborative leadership in addressing health challenges. The scope of their collaboration will be enlarged to more broadly embrace the “One Health” approach recognising that human health, animal health and the environment are interconnected.

The document presents the way forward that the three organisations will follow. While maintaining the momentum achieved for antimicrobial resistance, rabies and zoonotic influenza, the partners decided to enlarge their collaboration with a particular focus on:

  • the reinforcement of national services in human health, animal health and food safety;
  • the strengthening and modernization of early warning and surveillance/monitoring systems;
  • the foresight, preparedness and response to emerging, re-emerging and neglected infectious diseases;
  • the encouragement and the promotion of coordinated research and development to achieve a common understanding of the highest priority zoonotic diseases;
  • the challenge that represents food safety requiring a multi-sector approach in the context of reinforcing food security.

 

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