The Relevance of the “One Health” Approach to the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Health Programming
GRF - One GRF–One Health The relevance of One Health to Red Cross Red Crescent health programming GRF One Health Summit - Davos Dr. Stefan Seebacher Head of Health Department – IFRCwww.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One Introduction Health The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) participation at the Global Risk Forum aims at promoting the complementarity of “--One Health” and “the holistic health approach”, currently being further developed by our health team. The holistic health approach is an approach to better address the increasing health challenges.www.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One IFRC holistic health approach: Health levels of vulnerabilities Various are the factors that lead to Individual Global people’s vulnerabilities: physical, biological, chemical and social interactions have a role to play in people’s health. It’s only by tackling the multiple elements involved in health that we will be able to improve people’s global wellbeing. The human vulnerabilities can only be minimized in the long term through a Community cross-sectoral approach and this is true National from the individual to the global level.www.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One Scaling-up the community-based Health health workforce IFRC is capable of rapidly mobilizing the 187 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in emergency situation which are able to reach out on a large scale to local communities through branch networks and a large community volunteer force . The “community-based health workforce* “ is vital for strengthening resilience. The force includes health workers, community based organisations promoting health, and volunteers such as those 13.1 million volunteers affiliated with the RCRC.* In 2011 we issued a joint statement on “Scaling up the community- based health workforce ” in cooperation with WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR and the Global Health Workforce alliancewww.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One Global change, global health Health IFRC constantly draws attention to climate change, urbanisation, migrations that lead to a surge of challenges : IFRC has built its experience to respond to nuclear accidents thanks to its participation in the Chernobyl responses from 1986 on and was able to support now the Japanese Red Cross. Nevertheless, we must still focus more on preparedness and be able to predict potential dangers.www.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One Global change, global health Health Non-communicable diseases (NCD) and ageing population Current data indicate that four types of NCDs make up the largest contribution to mortality in the majority of low- and middle-income countries worldwide. These are: cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and they cause an estimated 35 million premature deaths each year. Behavioural change is therefore a critical expertise neededwww.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One Global change, global health HealthTwo examples of how IFRC has tackled the pandemic threats in a holistic approach: From 2006 to 2008, the avian influenza, preparedness, mitigation and response focused on prevention, hygiene education and detection of animal cases. Since 2007, IFRC has also been a key partner to the Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P). Through H2P, 94 RCRC societies implemented concrete projects with the technical support of IFRC and all National Societies were reached through preventive messages and tools. This effort focused on non-pharmaceutical interventions and showed that behaviour change is crucial to stop the spread of infectious diseases.www.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One Global change, global health Health From the programmes, IFRC learned that: Preparedness, Prevention, Planning, Partnerships are key steps for preventing the spread of infectious diseases IFRC continues to support National Societies to prepare for and respond to pandemics through a more “whole-of-society” approach such as the one promoted by Towards a Safer World initiativewww.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One Challenges Health New challenges imply innovations and shift of mindset for IFRC and the increasing role of technology. IFRC is also increasing its involvement in operational research and looking for partnership with academia to address critical questions within the holistic health approach. Strengthening resilience is a process, not a quick outcome.www.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
GRF - One Conclusions Health A holistic approach at the human- animal-environment health interface plays a vital role in strengthening resilience. For IFRC, it means engaging more in a mindset shift, investing in long term programming and reinforcing partnerships such as with the “One Health” actors.www.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:IFRCInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - GenevaDr. Stefan Seebacher, + 41 22 730 4435Stefan.firstname.lastname@example.orgIFRCInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - GenevaVincent Briac, +41 22 7304519Vincent.email@example.com