Workshop Title: One Water, One Health
Date: 10 July 2016
One Water addresses an integral concept of water as reflected in the proposed Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. This includes access to safe, reliable and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services, adequate waste water management practices (including re-use), water efficiency and the protection of essential services by aquatic ecosystems, under the umbrella of integrated water resources management.
The One Health concept is a global strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. It specifically focuses on the synergies in preventive action for human public health, veterinary public health, animal health and ecosystem health. With a view to improve health and well-being through the prevention of risks and the mitigation of effects of crises that originate at the interface between humans, animals and their various environments, the One Health initiative aims to promote a multi (cross) sectoral and collaborative approach, and a “whole of society” approach to health hazards, as a systemic change of perspective in the management of risk.
The workshop aims to raise the profile of water (and sanitation) in the context of One-Health with a focus on discussion of water quality affected by animal waste, the role of quality management for water resources and water/sanitation services in the event of disease outbreak and risk management of anti-microbial resistance attributable to antibiotics contamination of water resulting from their use in livestock.