This primer, written by David Waltner-Toews, President of Veterinarians without Borders / Vétérinaires sans Frontières – Canada (VWB/VSF) is a brief introduction to some key ideas and practices in what have come to be called an “ecosystem approach to health” , ecohealth or one health.
One Health is one of VWB/VSF’s guiding principles:
“We believe that the health of the many animals with which we share this planet, the ecosystems which are our common home, and the health of our own species are deeply connected. We seek solutions that address the root causes of the challenges facing disadvantaged communities. By sharing our skills and expertise in animal and ecosystem health, we strive to help improve human health, food production systems, and promote sustainable livelihoods.”
This principle is also reflected in the organization’s mission statement:
“Our mission is to work for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us.”
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