Parallel Session 1.5

One Health on the Move: Nomadic Communities

1 February 2018

14:30 - 16:30 hrs




Fully dependent on their animals for their livelihood and income, pastoralists employ mobility as a key strategy to ensure the availability of pasture and water for their herds, thus increasing their resilience. While their movement allows them to overcome the vagaries of nature prevalent in the harsh environments they inhabit, their remoteness and often trans-boundary livelihoods have made it challenging to access services and engage in decision-making. Pastoralist are at the forefront of the human, livestock and wildlife interface. They are especially vulnerable to zoonotic diseases, because they live in close contact with their animals and often consume raw milk and meat. Furthermore changing environmental conditions also affect the availability of pasture for their animals, and in-turn affect their nutrition status.

The animal-human-environment sectors are interconnected and associated with the emergence of infectious diseases as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Multisectoral approaches such as One Health can help address the challenges at this interface by providing adapted vaccinations campaigns and veterinary services to pastoralists.



  • To foster a deeper understanding of the health risks faced by mobile pastoral communities, and the challenges they encounter in accessing animal and human healthcare
  • To share examples of interventions and policies that tackle pastoralists’ health issues at the animal-human-environment interface
  • To promote the participation of pastoral communities in health policy decisions and sanitation campaigns


Gregorio Velasco

Coordinator of the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations



Benon Asiimwe

Associate Professor

Makerere University


Maty Ba Diao

Regional Coordinator of the Support Pastoralism in Sahelian Countries project


Burkina Faso

María Teresa Alvarez

Pastoral representative

Redes Chaco y Pastorámericas


Taghi Farvar


Centre for Sustainable Development & Environment



Documents: PS1.5 One Health on the Move: Nomadic Communities
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