About this Research Topic
In this climate of rapid global change, an awareness of how we affect the planet is increasingly relevant and urgent. Interdisciplinary professionals all over the world have been working collaboratively to approach the growing interaction and interdependence between human and animal health and well-being in a constantly-changing environment. In Latin America and the Caribbean, One Health is more commonly known as Una Sola Salud (Spanish), Saude Unica (Portuguese) and Une Sante (French). It was developed to encourage sustainable partnerships to achieve optimal health for people, animals and the planet. The aim is to disseminate evidence-based discoveries and policies by working directly with communities at local and global levels.
How does One Health relate to Planetary Health? The interdisciplinary concept of One Health values public health, animal health and ecosystem health. The concept of EcoHealth focuses on biodiversity and participatory knowledge-to-action approaches. Planetary Health views ecosystems in terms of their contribution to human health, well-being and sustainability.
Although the One Health approach in Latin America and the Caribbean is not a new idea, the concept is still being discussed. One Health is applied in practice in Latin American and Caribbean countries every day, especially in less developed and impoverished rural and urban areas where there is a lack of professional and medical resources. For example, local communities have worked together with institutions through grassroot movements in the prevention and control of rabies, leishmaniosis, Chagas disease, hanseniasis, borreliosis and co-infections, parasitic diseases, and other neglected and emerging infectious diseases. In Latin American and Caribbean countries, practice is likely to precede conceptual understanding of scientific approaches. These bottom-up community approaches are applied to disease prevention and control and will be discussed in this Research Topic.
Language and economic barriers remain in the dissemination of Latin American and Caribbean approaches of One Health, EcoHealth and Planetary Health; with this Research Topic we aim to bridge this gap. We are confident that sharing the One Health approaches in Latin America and the Caribbean is essential to influence global scientific priorities, support national and international public policies and decision-making at national and global levels. We believe that collaborative, multidisciplinary and prosocial work are significant investments towards obtaining the best results in the face of a global health challenge, as well as working towards well-being and global health equity.
In this Research Topic, we would like to welcome topics that explore One Health, EcoHealth and Planetary Health concepts in Latin America and the Caribbean, such as:
• Vector borne diseases;
• Neglected and emerging infectious diseases;
• Antimicrobial resistance (AMR);
• Food safety and bioterrorism;
• Climate and Environmental changes;
• Animals as sentinels;
• Human-animal bond and well-being in positive and challenging environments (One Welfare);
• One Health and Social Sciences;
• Disaster preparedness.
Keywords: one health, one welfare, latin america, caribbean
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