Workshop: Metrics for One Health benefits: key inputs to create an economic evidence base

Date and Time

Thursday, September 12, 2013 (All day)


Summary of the expert workshop

Human health and well-being are increasingly affected by global challenges such as food security, infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and climate change. Increasingly, One Health approaches are being promoted to tackle such challenges arguing that their complexity requires interdisciplinarity, in particular applying natural and social sciences to human and animal health in the context of a sustainable environment. However, no standardised methodology exists for systematic evaluation of One Health initiatives; in particular there are only few studies that measure the added value of One Health.

To address this challenge, an expert workshop on One Health Metrics was held in September 2013 in London to discuss which metrics and associated methods would be most effective and practical for the standardized assessment of selected One Health benefits. The workshop was organised by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health, the Royal Veterinary College, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the School of Oriental and African Studies. It was attended by an interdisciplinary group of 26 experts from all over the world, with varied backgrounds and expertise working from a wide range of institutions, and a strong interest and experience in One Health or Ecohealth.

After introductory presentations on metrics, participants split into four groups for break-out sessions to discuss which metrics and methods available to assess One Health benefits are suitable or not suitable for selected One Health benefits. Following a plenary discussion, participants met again in small groups to discuss particular challenges identified in the plenary session.

The workshop highlighted the wide range of metrics available that may be suitable for systematic evaluation of One Health. Participants agreed that it might not be necessary to develop new metrics, but rather find ways to combine the existing (validated) ones – this could for example be done by developing a One Health index. Further, it was concluded that common methodologies and best practice guidelines should be developed and implemented to allow comparisons between countries and institutions and thereby promote the creation of further evidence on the value of One Health. The workshop gave consensual orientation about areas that need further research and set the basis for what could be a case study or the elaboration of a method to define One Health metrics in a defined context.

The workshop summary can be downloaded here.

For further information please contact Barbara Haesler.

Brainstorming on One Health benefits