Keynote III: Maged Younes

Maged Younes spoke about working at the human-animal-ecosystem interfaces within the One Health framework. A consensus has arisen as to what the One Health movement involves. It is necessarily broad and flexible. There is an emerging global recognition of the need to work together. The economic impact of the problems that One Health tackles can be disastrous. Food security is threatened, as is environment. Rumours and loss of trust are among the social reasons why need to work together. The tripartite agreement between FAO, WHO and OIE involves working together at both the leadership and technical implementation levels. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a problem for both humans and animals. AMR needs to be contained. There is thus a need for the harmonisation of legal requirements for the management of human and veterinarian drugs. Lack of commitment, low levels of surveillance, poor quality of drugs and irrational drug usage all impede progress. The tripartite agreement involves consultative processes  and ad hoc task forces for the surveillance of AMR and the implementation of country-wide projects, for example in Kenya. A high-level technical meeting has involved prioritisation, commitment to intersectoral approaches and their translation into key public messages.