Beginning of July, Health[e]Foundation participated in the One sustainable Health Forum 2023 that brought together experts from diverse fields to address pressing global health challenges through an interdisciplinary lens. The conference, held from 5-7 July in Lyon, France, aimed to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among professionals in human health, animal health, and environmental science and highlighted the need for a holistic approach to tackle emerging diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and other health-related issues.
The One Health approach calls for re-evaluating our approach to health systems by moving beyond the universal health coverage agenda, to adopt a holistic approach that brings together sustainability and equity, pushing us to rethink our investments in health systems and our approach to service delivery and financing for health.
During the conference, participants engaged in interactive sessions, panel discussions, and workshops. One of the major highlights of the conference was the sharing of the work undertaken by the six working groups of the forum. The working groups were set up at the beginning of the initiative to formulate cross-sectoral recommendations and imagine pilot actions that can make an operational day-to-day impact and foster one sustainable health.
The conference concluded with a call to action, urging governments, organizations, and individuals to prioritize the One Health approach in their policies and practices. Participants left with renewed enthusiasm and commitment to work towards a healthier and more sustainable future!