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What Is Just One Health?

Just One Health recognizes that the health of humans, animals, and our ecosystems is interconnected, and that sincere pursuits to achieve optimal health and wellbeing for all require inclusive, evidence-based approaches that advance rights and justice for humans and animals. 

Just One Health aims to incorporate an emphasis on rights-based primary prevention into programs, policies, legislation, research, and institutions through a respectful, collaborative, multisectoral, and interdisciplinary approach—working at local, regional, national, and international levels. 

Just One Health strives to create a foundation on which public policies, institutions, and practices can become socially, environmentally, and economically equitable, and will uplift the most vulnerable. The Just One Health approach recognizes that humans and animals have a right to be free

  • from abuse and exploitation;
  • to meet their self-determined physiological, physical, and mental needs; and
  • to thrive as individuals, families, communities, or any self-selected group in natural, safe, and healthy environments.

Just One Health aims to prevent and respond to physical and mental trauma to individuals, communities, and populations, and to prevent, mitigate, and reverse global existential threats, including the climate crisis, pandemics, and ecosystem destruction. 

The Just One Health approach asserts that these challenges can be adequately identified and solved only through policies and actions that validate, defend, and strengthen the inextricable links between the wellbeing of humans, animals, and our life-sustaining planet.

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