World Animal Health Leaders Take a “One Health” Approach


The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has been actively working on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for several years. Last November the group published a coherent global strategy for its activities in this field, in line with the WHO Global Action Plan (GAP).

In order to have an overview of its implementation in Member Countries and to better identify their needs and expectations regarding further OIE support, a survey was made among them. The results were presented this week during the Technical Item I of the 85th OIE General Session, held in Paris.

“It is now acknowledged that the human medical sector, the veterinary sector and the phytosanitary sector have a shared responsibility to alleviate AMR threats,” a news release from the organization said. “The OIE Strategy on AMR and the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials recognizes the importance of a ‘One Health’ approach, encompassing human and animal health, as well as agricultural and environmental needs.”

The organization stated the objective of the Technical Item I presented during the General Session by Dr. Khadija Id Sidi Yahia, from the National Office for the Safety of Food Products (ONSSA, Morocco), “was to take stock of the progress made by Member Countries in the implementation of the OIE strategy on AMR.” Further, those countries were to assess their needs in applying a ‘One Health’ approach.

A questionnaire was sent to the 180 OIE Members and addressed the four main objectives of the strategy, namely: awareness-raising activities, AMR surveillance and research, veterinary services capacity building and the implementation of international standards.

The organization said the results reveal a change in practices over recent years and ambitious objectives in the medium and long-terms. In addition, they highlight the need to capitalize on the progress achieved with the first data collection on antimicrobial use, through the OIE database set up in 2016.

To capitalize on the progress made to date, the OIE will pursue the implementation of its work program according to the four objectives of its Strategy on AMR.

“In addition, the Organization will continue to promote the ‘One Health’ concept in close collaboration with its Tripartite partners, WHO and FAO,” OIE said. Through its efforts, it will facilitate broad-based coordination and cooperation at regional, sub-regional and national levels.

To endorse the conclusions emerging from the Technical Item, a Resolution will be put forward for adoption by the World Assembly of OIE Delegates on Friday.