Zika, Ebola, Influenza, SARS, COVID-19… the list of zoonoses¹ epidemics is getting longer and epidemics are more and more frequent. The current estimate of « undiscovered » viruses in mammals and waterfowl, hosts most often identified as the origin of new zoonoses, amounts to 1.7 million .
Among these, between 631,000 to 827,000  have the capacity to infect humans. All the related costs, more or less directly, are insane on all levels. It is urgent to act in view of the very significant human, health, social and economic impact.
The emergence, re-emergence, and spread of these zoonotic diseases are mainly fostered by human economic activity which puts pressure on biodiversity and natural habitats .
The One Health concept is defined as a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to health issues considering the interactions of humans, animals, and the environment.
The One Health approach makes consensus to better deal with potential new pandemics. For example, the international PREZODE initiative  is based on a One Health approach to better understand and act on the stages of anticipation, prevention, and mitigation of the risks of the emergence of zoonoses.
Acting and reacting upstream of the emergence of zoonosis is essential, but we must not forget the downstream aspects for which the One Health approach appears just as relevant. Building initiatives complementary to PREZODE will thus make it possible to deal with the problem in its entirety and complexity.
How can we increase our preparedness for the emergence and post-emergence phases of zoonoses with a One Health approach? How to take action in the post-emergence phase of zoonotic diseases? How to better manage the monitoring of a pandemic after its emergence? How can we organize and distribute data related to zoonoses so that they are both shareable, interoperable, and well-supervised? How to bring together the different granularities of geographical, temporal, modeling, and operational scales of a zoonotic crisis? How to move from theory to practice so that the One Health approach takes head-on the economic impacts of health risk management? How to build a dialogue of trust between science, society, and politics to act quickly and effectively in the face of the threat to global health and security?
What are the integrative, sustainable, One Health-based solutions for the preparedness, response & monitoring of epidemics, and how to implement and adapt them according to the local contexts and key players?
All applicants are welcome: we are looking for expertise from all kinds of actors.
We are looking for solutions and operational frameworks to implement them.
From the emergence to the total disappearance of a zoonosis, many decision-making frameworks, monitoring, and control protocols already exist. Nevertheless, their operationalization, costs, benefits, and impacts for animals, humans, and the environment are barely evaluated and even less in a systemic way. It is, therefore, necessary to work together.
Whatever part you play in the preparedness, response, and monitoring of epidemics, we need your expertise to think and develop functional, impactful, and sustainable solutions.
By applying for The Future Of One Health you are invited to meet with all kind of actors to collaborate in order to move towards a more resilient response to epidemics.