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A year of One Health and neglected tropical diseases

26 June 2023

30 January 2023 saw World Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Day so we took a moment to reflect on the last year with the NTD NGO Network’s (NNN) One Health Group.

World NTD Day January 2022 saw the launch of what the WHO news called a ‘key document to guide a paradigm shift towards One Health’ in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This document was part high-level strategy and part user-guide to help inspire NTD programme teams where One Health could be utilised to their advantage. Fundamentally, One Health is about understanding ecosystem interactions and, where appropriate, bringing together relevant stakeholders and sectors to take a coordinated approach. For example, by designing interventions that address common human, animal or environmental risk factors, or that build core capacities such as surveillance to strengthen health systems overall.