By Abby Schultz
Updated May 11, 2020 6:25 pm ET
“... Ending Pandemics also takes a “One Health" approach. You can see with Covid-19: We know three out of every four diseases that cause epidemics or pandemics potentially come from animals. We focus everything that we do in other countries on the One Health approach: Not only the human health sector, but the animal health sector. In many areas of the world, systems we are building are finding animal diseases, which saves [communities] money. That is equally important to the health of the people as finding an animal disease that has the potential to jump to humans and then also leads to illness on top of economic hardship.
In the countries where we work, that’s the approach we take to bring the human and the animal and the environment together, and the goal is how do we find outbreaks faster.
If we can find these outbreaks faster, if we can be thinking about outbreaks in animals as equally as we are thinking about outbreaks in humans, because all we need to do is connect those people, the market workers, the farmers, the community health volunteers, and the public—the people who are with the animals—is one way to get those signals earlier. That’s what’s exciting—to see how all these systems are ramping up and being used to track a public health emergency. That’s what we need to be doing. ...”