Why One Health in the Caribbean
Despite the high burden of animal and zoonotic infectious diseases, the majority of Caribbean countries lack the capacity to accurately recognise, diagnose and respond to such diseases. These diseases are significant because they are naturally transmitted between vertebrate animals and humans. Interactions between medical, wildlife and veterinary professionals are currently very limited.
Also, the lack of capacity of Caribbean governments, their limited resources and the burden of infectious human and animal disease across the Caribbean region shows the need for a holistic ‘One Health’ approach. This includes interdisciplinary collaboration on a regional scale, given the fundamental interconnectedness among humans, animals and the environment.
This intersectoral approach is expected to generate better strategies and measures to improve animal, human and environmental health in the Caribbean. Animal production and productivity will therefore increase, which allows for the availability and access to healthy, locally produced animal products.
UWI's ‘One Health One Caribbean One Love’ project is changing the way people respond to health issues in the Caribbean.
The project has three (3) major components:
1. Developing One Health leaders across the Caribbean
2. Improving disease detection in the Caribbean
3. Building regional cooperation and policy in the Caribbean
For more details, please see the About us section.
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