Challenges to Operationalising One Health

Meeting Organizer

Chatham House

Osman Dar

Contact Person : Afifah Rahman-Shepherd,

30 January 2018
14:00 - 17:30 hrs.

Open to All Participants


Over the past 15 years, there has been much greater recognition of how human health is fundamentally linked to animal health and environmental factors. To facilitate a better understanding of how these sectors interact and relate to one another, the concept of ‘One Health’ has emerged and has fostered cross-disciplinary collaboration between sectors. Worldwide, there has been rapid growth in the number of networks and initiatives established to support a One Health approach, involving a multitude of actors from public, private, non-profit and academic circles. However, despite the increased political and financial commitment towards One Health, the proliferation of initiatives has not been matched by development of the necessary governance mechanisms that would ensure the effective coordination, monitoring and accountability of global One Health activities. There is therefore a need for further research-based evidence and policy discourse on the One Health landscape to address gaps in the global governance infrastructure, and help build mechanisms that will support implementation of the approach.


The Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security is undertaking research to explore and analyse the One Health landscape from global, regional and national perspectives. The proposed side-event is an opportunity to engage participants in a structured discussion on the challenges to operationalising One Health, with a particular focus on policy implementation and diverse stakeholder engagement. Participants at the side-event will play an active role in shaping the discourse and outcome of the event through open Q&A sessions, chaired panel discussion and live surveys. A report of the event will be produced, incorporating participants’ perspectives and survey responses. Future research (and research publications) conducted by the Centre will be guided by the quantitative and qualitative data collected from participants.