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How hospitals in Nepal are making waste their business

April 16, 2024

How hospitals in Nepal are making waste their business

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, major hospitals across Nepal have set up environmentally friendly systems to segregate, treat and dispose of healthcare waste. The results? Cleaner premises, safer working conditions, no more burning of waste and welcome revenue from the sale of recyclables.

“Breaking barriers” event at Tierpark Berlin places biodiversity conservation at the heart of One Health

October 30, 2023

“Breaking barriers” event at Tierpark Berlin places biodiversity conservation at the heart of One Health

‘I can see the barriers breaking already’, said Prof. Thomas Mettenleiter, founding co-chair of the One Health High-level Expert Panel (OHHLEP), as he welcomed 120 invited scientists, decision-makers and implementers to “Breaking barriers: Advancing the One Health agenda with a focus on the environment” in Schloss Friedrichsfelde, situated in the large and green Tierpark Berlin. 

What does it take to put One Health into practice? A rabies prevention and control project in Cambodia tests out new ways of doing public health

June 26, 2023

What does it take to put One Health into practice? A rabies prevention and control project in Cambodia tests out new ways of doing public health

Every year as many as 800 Cambodians die of rabies following dog bites. Breaking the cycle of disease is possible, but only when human and animal health workers join forces. A German-supported project is working with Cambodian partners to jointly implement rabies activities in the public sector for the first time.

A new bio-security lab is boosting Ecuador’s pandemic preparedness

January 31, 2023

A new bio-security lab is boosting Ecuador’s pandemic preparedness

Why Ecuador’s government and health workers are determined to make their health system more resilient - and how German technical cooperation supports this endeavour.

Protecting mothers and newborns against the negative impacts of climate change

January 11, 2023

Protecting mothers and newborns against the negative impacts of climate change

Climate change is increasingly recognised as serious threat to human health with pregnant women and newborns amongst those most at risk. This, and how to mitigate the effects, was the topic of a roundtable discussion at the World Health Summit in Berlin in October 2022.

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One Health

One Health recognises the interdependence of humans, animals and the environment. 

‘One Health’ describes a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that recognises the interdependence of humans, animals and the environment and aims to attain optimal health for all three.

The world’s growing population, climate change, increasing mobility, encroachment of humans on previously untouched habitats and industrialised agriculture and livestock farming contribute to the rise and rapid spread of new pathogens. At the same time antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, driven by antimicrobial use and abuse in the human, animal, and environmental sectors and the consequent spread of resistant bacteria within and between these sectors and around the globe. 

One Health is a priority area for German development cooperation. Building on the expertise of its development practitioners and of its renowned research institutes, Germany supports programmes to reduce health risks, strengthen human and veterinary health systems, and improve early warning systems for better epidemic and pandemic prevention. The stories, events and studies gathered on this page show how German-supported projects around the world are working to make One Health a global reality.

New BMZ Strategy

One Health in development cooperation

Climate & Health Toolkit

Download the population dynamics handbook here

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