Network for Evaluation of One Health

Network for Evaluation of One Health (NEOH)

COST Action TD1404

Funded by COST from the 17 Nov 2014 to 16 Nov 2018

Human health and well-being are increasingly affected by global challenges such as malnutrition, emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance and climate change. 

A One Health approach has been proposed to tackle the challenges through accepting that their complexity requires interdisciplinarity. Several One Health initiatives have been implemented, such as the establishment of cross-sectoral coordination, communication and data sharing mechanisms, but no standardised methodology exists for quantitative evaluation of One Health activities.Therefore the Network for Evaluation of One Health (NEOH) aims to enable future quantitative evaluations of One Health activities and to further the evidence base by developing and applying a science-based evaluation protocol in a community of experts (See our Memorandum of Understanding for more information).

A new European Chapter of Ecohealth International

The NEOH project has been a resounding success in many ways, one being the development of new and strong working relationships between many of the people involved in One Health in Europe. To grow these relationships we are planning a new organisation to continue NEOH’s momentum and to invite interested people to join and contribute to a respectful, inclusive dialogue on One Health and Ecohealth.

Over the last years, the NEOH consortium has observed an increasing convergence of Ecohealth and One Health. There are shared values and approaches of the two concepts, including convergence in the areas of zoonoses, disease emergence, pandemic threats and ecosystem health. Each community has strengths to offer that can help to achieve global health and sustainability.

Consequently, NEOH has decided to join Ecohealth International by becoming the European Chapter of Ecohealth International with the new name Network for Ecohealth and One Health, allowing us to continue to use the NEOH acronym. The purpose and goals of Ecohealth International and the ecosystem approach to health closely aligns with ours. We look forward to this new opportunity for developing new working relationships on a global scale and having one united organisation for One Health and Ecohealth in Europe.

Details of how you can join are here

What is NEOH: An overview of the structure, activities and future plans

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Integrated approaches to health

A handbook for the evaluation of One Health

edited by: Simon R. Rüegg, Barbara Häsler and Jakob Zinsstag

This handbook is the product of an interdisciplinary effort by NEOH to provide science-based guidance for the evaluation of One Health and other integrated approaches to health. It guides the reader through a systems approach and framework to evaluate such approaches in a standardised way. It provides an overview of concepts and metrics from health and life sciences, social sciences, economics, and ecology that are relevant for the evaluation of the processes involved, as well as the characterisation of expected and unexpected outcomes of One Health initiatives. Finally, the handbook provides guidance and practical protocols to help plan and implement evaluations in order to generate new insights and provide meaningful information about the value of One Health. The handbook is intended for practitioners, researchers, evaluators as well as funders of integrated approaches to health and beyond. Download it for free here

Creating impact for One Health and Ecohealth Reflections from NEOH Final Action Conference, September 2018

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The NEOH declaration on One Health and Ecohealth

Before and during the NEOH conference in Bologna “Creating Impact for One Health and EcoHealth; advancements in implementation, evaluation and governance”, participants were invited to share their future vision of One Health and Ecohealth. Their responses were distilled into the NEOH declaration on One Health and Ecohealth, by Giulia Paternoster, University of Zürich, Switzerland, Olga Muñoz, University of Florida, USA and Gabby Laing, House of Lords Intern, United Kingdom.

The NEOH grant is held by the Royal Veterinary College, London and chaired by Dr Barbara Häsler

Working Groups

Working Group 1

WG1 developed (1) the overall evaluation framework, (2) a One Health index and (3) a protocol for systematic evaluation of One Health, taking into account various disciplinary perspectives and resulting complexity.

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Working Group 2

WG2 applied the framework, protocol and index developed to different One Health initiatives (case studies) using primary and secondary datasets.

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Working Group 3

WG3 conducted a meta-analysis of the available case study to facilitate international comparison and the elaboration of policy recommendations.

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Working Group 4

WG4 was responsible for seeking a dialogue with national governments, NGOs, research organisations, and industry throughout the project to ensure that the evidence produced addresses decision-makers’ needs.

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Alfresco is our internal collaboration platform


13th International European Forum (Igls-Forum*) on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks

Date: 18-22 February 2019 Abstract deadline: 12 October 2018 Location: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Organiser: Intern. Center for Food Chain and Network Research, Univ. of Bonn coordinated by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer and Dr. Jivka Deiters   Summary:   It is the objective of this Forum to provide an interdisciplinary and creative discussion environment that generates new ideas for innovative and multidisciplinary research. […]

  • 18-02-2019

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International Conference on One Health Antimicrobial Resistance 

ICOHAR International Conference on One Health Antimicrobial Resistance Abstract submission deadline: 21/12/2018 Date(s):  16-18 April 2019 Location: Utrecht, Netherlands Summary:   It is generally recognized that control and prevention of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) requires a holistic One Health approach involving specialists from different sectors. In line with this concept, the 2nd ICOHAR aims at bringing together […]

  • 16-04-2019

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3rd International Caparica Conference in Antibiotic Resistance 2019

Date: 10-13 July 2019 Location: Lisbon, Portugal Organiser: BIOSCOPE Abstract deadline: 15 January 2019   Summary: In the last years, there is a great concern about the problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics used in human medicine as well as in veterinary. The use of antibiotics constitutes an important factor for selection of resistance, not only among pathogenic […]

  • 10-06-2019

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Global Health Security 2019

Progress to date, Opportunities for the future.  Date: 18-20 June 2019 Abstract deadline: 9 November 2018 Location: Sydney, Australia  Summary: We are at a critical juncture in the field of global health security and it is appropriate to organise the community around a set of common principles, goals and objectives. Like the London Declaration for Neglected Tropical Diseases or the Oslo […]

  • 18-06-2019

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  • A new e-book in Frontiers in Veterinary Science and Frontiers in Public Health

Integrated approaches to Health: Concepts and experiences in framing, integration and evaluation of One Health and EcoHealth, edited by Dr(s) Flavie Luce Goutard, Sandra C. Buttigieg, Simon Rodrigo Rüegg, Serge Morand, Aurelie Binot, Hans Keune, Séverine Thys.

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  • New book chapter by NEOH colleagues

A new book chapter by Hans Keune et al., titled “European Nature and Health Network Initiatives” in “Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change” is now available online.

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  • June COST newsletter

Check the link for the latest newsletter from COST. It includes the announcement of 40 brand new Actions starting in Autumn 2019 and the welcoming of South Africa as the first COST Partner member.

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