Bridging the gap between scientists and the media when communicating about One Health
Nairobi, Kenya – 28 October 2021, the One Health Centre in Africa (OHRECA), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), hosted a virtual media café ahead of World One Health Day.
World One Health Day, which is celebrated annually on 3 November, brings attention to the need to recognize and implement One Health approaches to tackle health threats at the animal, human and environmental interfaces.
More than 40 journalists from across the world participated in the virtual event at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which hosts OHRECA. They discussed One Health with scientists from ILRI and Kenya’s Zoonotic Disease Unit.
Through an engaging discussion moderated by Aghan Daniel, CEO of the Media Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture Association (MESHA), journalists and scientists unpacked One Health approaches by broadly exploring the subject and specifically talking about public health threats such as Rift Valley fever, rabies and Ebola. While some of these threats were continent specific, COVID-19 has demonstrated the ability of a regional-specific pathogen to move across the world, and hence the need to better communicate and use the One Health approach to tackle global threats.
Speaking at the event, Delia Grace Randolph, professor of food safety systems at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, and jointly appointed scientist at ILRI, shared a broad overview on One Health, Eco Health and Planetary Health.