Human population expansion, global climate change, imbalance of the natural ecosystems result in new epidemics and re-emergence of ancient diseases. Industrial and agricultural pollution of the environment and unreasoned use of antimicrobials and pesticides directly endanger the well-being and health of humankind.
For these adverse processes, One Health approach should be an adequate response. This new concept recognises that the health of people depends on the health of animals and the health of the environment. Health problems should not be studied separately but with their deep interconnections. For this reason, health professionals must discard strict specialisation. Though specialists will have their important task in the healing of individuals, phenomenons endangering the health and well-being of whole societies or continents of people will need close cooperation of multidisciplinary research teams.
The courses of Kaposvár University placed much emphasis on the food-chain approach and health-conscious thinking to date. By initiating our One Health Programme, Kaposvár University would like to contribute to maintaining a healthy, livable environment and sustainable development by launching well-trained, open-minded professionals.
In the framework of our One Health Programme, the students will get acquainted with the importance of paradigm change in health concepts and the possibilities providing by the One Health approach. Inquiring students will get opportunities to join research projects in One Health. In the short-term, we shall launch new courses on the basics of One Health for graduate and post-graduate students. As a regional knowledge centre, Kaposvár University would willingly participate in the "Healthy Kaposvár 2030" programme of our home city. The long-term plan of our University to launch a Master programme in One Health with the contribution of partner universities in human health, veterinary and environmental science.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE): https://www.oie.int/en/for-the-media/onehealth/
World Health Organisation (WHO): https://www.who.int/features/qa/one-health/en/
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/onehealth/basics/index.html
Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO): http://www.fao.org/3/al868e/al868e00.pdf
One Health Initiative: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/