International partnership to boost human-animal-environment health risks

Amman The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have agreed to step up joint action to combat health threats associated with interactions between humans, animals and the environment.

According to a FAO statement, a copy of which received by Petra said that all three organizations signed on Wednesday a Memorandum of Understanding, to strengthen their long-standing partnership, with a strong focus on tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

“Over 60 percent of existing and emerging pathogens affecting humans originate in animals; 75 percent of these from wildlife. So we cannot deal with human health, animal health, and ecosystem health in isolation – we have to look at them together, and address them together,” said FAO Director-General, Jose Graziano da Silva.

He added that “This partnership pools the unique expertise of each organization and brings their combined weight to bear to do just that, via a ‘One Health’ approach.” Joint activities under the new agreement will include the support of a joint cooperation between agencies, which were established by the UN General Assembly in 2016, on combating AMR, in addition to keep implementing the global framework for combating AMR.

Source: Jordan News Agency