There are 88 countries with a population of more than 10 million. Of those, The Netherlands is the 5th smallest in land mass, ranks 4th in highest in density population, and is the world’s 2nd greatest exporter of food and agricultural products. Integrating environment and human and animal health under the One Health program is a top priority.
Many microbes infect both humans and animals and share the same ecosystems, creating a circular transfer of disease-causing agents. Well-known outbreaks, such as Ebola, influenza (flu), and Zika virus are examples of how closely interconnected we are with our environment.
One Health emphasizes the connections between these sectors, and calls for a sustained, integrated approach in order to improve health conditions and health care across the globe. The Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) is a national alliance initiated by Utrecht University. Launched in 2016, the NCOH aims to find solutions to Global One Health Challenges, such as emerging viruses, antimicrobial resistance, outbreaks of infectious diseases and pollution.