One Health recognizes that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected. It involves applying a coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to address potential or existing risks that originate at the animal-human-ecosystems interface.
Regardless of the many definitions of One Health is used, the common theme is collaboration across sectors. Collaborating across sectors that have a direct or indirect impact on health involves thinking and working across silos and optimizing resources and efforts while respecting the autonomy of the various sectors. To improve the effectiveness of the One Health approach, there is not only a need to establish better sectoral balance among existing groups and networks, especially between veterinarians and physicians; it is also important to enhance the participation of environmental and wildlife health practitioners, as well as social scientists and development actors.
This edition of QS WorldClass, themed “One Health: University-Industry Collaboration in Medical Technology and Beyond”, provides an opportunity to re-evaluate the success stories of Medical Technology and other One Health themed collaborations and chart a pathway for even greater success in the near future.