Establishing a One Health office in Kenya

Pan Afr Med J. 2014 Sep 29;19:106. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2014.19.106.4588. eCollection 2014.


A One Health (OH) approach that integrates human,animal and environmental approaches to management of zoonotic diseases has gained momentum in the last decadeas part of a strategy to prevent and control emerging infectious diseases. However, there are few examples of howan OH approach can be established in a country. Kenya establishment of an OH office, referred to asthe Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU) in 2011. The ZDU bridges theanimal and human health sectors with a senior epidemiologist deployed from each ministry; and agoal of maintaining collaboration at the animal and human health interface towards better prevention and control of zoonoses. The country is adding an ecologist to the ZDU to ensure that environmental risks are adequately addressed in emerging disease control.

Keywords: One Health (OH); animal health; human health; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / prevention & control*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Kenya / epidemiology
  • Zoonoses / epidemiology
  • Zoonoses / prevention & control*