One Health is a transdisciplinary, multisectoral and collaborative approach to optimizing health that recognizes the interrelatedness of human health, animal health and the environment. Though the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the zoonotic virus SARS-CoV-2, is the highest profile example, the emergence and spread of numerous diseases are impacted by humans’ proximity to and relationship with animals, climate and the environment.
Endemic diseases like malaria, multidrug-resistant bacteria or diarrhea and emerging infections like COVID-19, Ebola or Zika can cause significant, detrimental impacts to Soldiers from home station to dense, urban or subterranean environments. Furthermore, they significantly impact food security, the environment and more, threatening global health and stability.
The WRAIR One Health Branch (OHB) uses a transdisciplinary, collaborative approach to identify capability gaps and synchronize research solutions to achieve optimal Soldier readiness and enhance global health security. The OHB will leverage WRAIR’s strengths to pursue innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary projects to produce proactive solutions for health threats that occur at the human, animal and environmental interface, including zoonotic and vector-borne infectious diseases. For more information, contact us here.