What is One Health?
The One Health research effort understands that human health is directly related to the health of animals and the surrounding environment. The health of one is related to the health of all. The Paul G. Allen School for Global Health and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine have many initiatives that directly and indirectly support this effort in association with several other WSU departments.
The Allen School conducts research including vaccine development, alternatives to antibiotics, and the elimination of rabies in domestic animals. This work ultimately supports healthier domesticated and wild animals worldwide. Currently, improvements are being realized in Kenya and Tanzania where our satellite campuses are working on vaccination programs with local communities and small farmers.
As Allen School research projects move forward, faculty members have discovered direct connections between the health of domesticated animals, such as dogs in Africa, and human populations. Interdisciplinary work also reveals indirect connections between vaccinated family cattle, reliability and profitability of family farms, and the creation of time and resources for children to pursue their educational growth.
Team members at the Allen School were confronted with the reality that wild animals were dying of rabies in sub-Saharan Africa. Through a rabies vaccination program of the domesticated dogs, not only did the number of infected people drop, but mortality rates declined in wild animals in the treated areas. The efforts of the Allen School remain focused on creating healthy environments and a healthier planet for generations to come.
Immunization and Education
In a December 2016, the WSU School of Economic Sciences and the Allen School published a paper showing that cattle vaccinations in rural Africa led to decreases in livestock mortality and increased family income resulting from healthier cattle. These economic benefits improve family living conditions and their children’s education. These discoveries were possible because of interdisciplinary efforts between the Allen School and other WSU departments.