Girl walking past a mud hut with a Boran cow inside

One Health

One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral and transdisciplinary approach that works at national, regional and global levels to achieve optimal health outcomes, recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants and their shared environment.

Building on 45 years of experience on animal health research in Africa and Asia, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) carries out One Health projects with national and international partners to prevent and control foodborne diseases, zoonoses, emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

Guided by its One Health research strategy, ILRI's One Health research is delivered under three interconnected pillars (technical, policy and institutional) with four areas of focus: epidemics and pandemics, endemic zoonoses, foodborne disease and antimicrobial resistance. 

ILRI will continue to strengthen existing research collaborations and build new networks with national, regional and international One Health partners, taking advantage of its in-house research expertise and laboratory infrastructure.

The CGIAR Initiative on One Health, Protecting human health through a One Health approach, was launched in January 2022. The initiative is implemented by four CGIAR research centres — the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Livestock Research Institute, the International Water Management Institute and WorldFish — in collaboration with Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire, EcoHealth Alliance and the University of Liverpool. 

Photo credit: Girl walking past a mud hut with a Boran cow inside (ILRI/Stevie Mann)

ILRI-hosted One Health platforms

Experts working on One Health

Bernard Bett

Bernard Bett

Senior scientist, Animal and human health

Delia Grace

Delia Grace

Professor Food Safety Systems, NRI; joint appointed scientist, ILRI

Eric Fevre

Eric Fevre

Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool and Jointly Appointed Principal Scientist, ILRI

Florence Mutua

Florence Mutua

Scientist

Hung Nguyen-Viet

Hung Nguyen-Viet

Co-Leader, Animal and Human Health Program

James Akoko

James Akoko

Field Officer

Lian Thomas

Lian Thomas

Lecturer Veterinary Public Health, University of Liverpool & Jointly Appointed Scientist, ILRI

Shauna Richards

Shauna Richards

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Siobhan Mor

Siobhan Mor

Reader in One Health

Theo Knight-Jones

Theo Knight-Jones

Principal Scientist - Team Leader Herd Health

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Partner organizations

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

World Organisation for Animal Health

Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut

UN Environment Programme

VSF Germany

Freie Universitat Berlin (Germany)

Southern African Center for Infectious Disease Surveillance