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Is ‘One Health’ the last chance to save our planet and our health?

15/11/2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

About this event:

‘One Health’ is a sustainable way of managing all aspects of planetary health challenges. It links humans, animals and the environment, meaning it is agile, adaptable and able to address the full spectrum of disease control – from prevention to detection, from preparedness to response, from management to innovation.

The emergence and global spread of zoonotic diseases such as Avian Influenza (bird flu), the Marburg virus, Ebola, Monkeypox and the COVID-19 pandemic have brought home the importance of establishing a ‘One Health’ response to global health issues. By linking humans, animals and the environment, ‘One Health’  fosters a collaborative approach across sectors and disciplines. It addresses current and future health challenges such as the emergence of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, thereby promoting the health and integrity of our ecosystems. ‘One Health’ provides opportunities to advance equitable and holistic solutions and its agility means it can be applied at community, subnational, national, regional, and global levels

On 15 November (1-2.15pm GMT) we will be joined by two experts who will address differing aspects of ‘One Health.’ Inspired by the innovative ‘One Health’ Masters Degree course, organised and run by two LIDC member institutions, the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the aim of this event is to bring us  to a better understanding of One Health, and why it matters.


Join us for this hybrid event. It is free to attend and open to all, but registration (via links below) is mandatory. We aim to allow time for a Q+A, moderated by Sian Clarke, Professor in Epidemiology and Global Health at LSHTM


About the Speakers:

Professor Richard Kock is a veterinary ecologist/infectious disease researcher in wildlife health and disease, focused on Africa and Asia. He works at the interface between animals, humans and environment (One Health) and on the impact of food systems in disease emergence and environmental change. Richard is Editor-in-Chief of ‘Research Directions: One Health.‘  With 42 years as a professional, the last 11 as Professor Emerging Diseases at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), he is now retired.  He was awarded FAO Bronze Medal in 2010 in recognition of contributions to the eradication of rinderpest virus and the Tom and Beth Williams Award – Wildlife Disease Association, for exceptional contributions to understanding wildlife disease of policy relevance. He has over  230 peer-reviewed publications. In 2012 he established the One Health MSc which is organised jointly by the RVC and the London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and ran a module in the LSHTM Pandemics course (2021-22.) He lectures and consults on One Health, Wildlife Health and Disease.

In his talk, Professor Kock will discuss the question  ‘One Health’ – Can Science Address the Pressing Issues?’ He will provide a background to ‘One Health’ and explore how it sits within contemporary science. He will also discuss the current trend for publications on this issue with reference to key issues that science can address, before leading us through posssible solutions to the scientific information gap around One Health.


Dr Lorna Benton is a Global Health researcher with experience in HIV, Antimicrobial Resistance and Food Policy research.  Lorna is a Global Health researcher with training in advanced epidemiological analysis and qualitative methodologies. She has worked internationally in settings such as India, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya and the Gambia as well as the UK. Her experience includes project management, intervention design, longitudinal surveillance, in-depth interviews and thematic analysis, using Nvivo and Stata softwares.  Lorna has worked in the UK and in LMIC settings and brings a passion for participatory approaches. Topics she has worked on include child malnutrition, childhood immunisations, HIV, family planning, health system integration, sanitation and development.

Her talk will be on ‘How can a One Health approach be used to leverage a Food Systems transformation?’  In this talk, Lorna will explore how a One Health framework for global governance intersects with calls for a food systems transformation, towards SDG Agenda 2030 and beyond.


You can register to join us either online or in person. Please note that in-person attendance is on a ‘first come, first served ‘ basis to comply with room capacity/health & safety. In-person registration will close once room capacity is reached.

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The in-person venue is the Ground Floor Meeting Room, LIDC, 20 Blooomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS

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