Follow us on: 

  • Home
  • One Sustainable Health
  • Editorial


The current pandemic confirms the need for a new approach to health

The pandemic has outlined our human, institutional and environmental weaknesses while highlighting paths of resilience. It coerces us to accelerate economic, energy and ecological transitions towards sustainable development. It has shown that we are inadequately prepared against the emergence of infectious diseases that can only be contained through an integrated, equitable and global health approach. Accurately addressing health challenges requires considering the continuum between environment, animal and human health (One Health concept), without borders (Global Health concept), and regardless of wealth and cultural disparities (equal access). A holistic, multidisciplinary and multisector approach to human health is required, aligned with global values that foster equal access to all.

Human activities influence life in its entirety, animals and plants, as well as the environment. They cause changes that strongly affect our health and well-being. Increasingly more professionals become aware of the need for these issues to be addressed in an interdisciplinary manner, to speed up the specific rationale of each discipline, and to lead us to a coherent and global response to current challenges. The pandemic invites us to respond to these questions by accelerating the development of projects in favour of One Health, integrated, fair and global. 

Universal health depends on multiple factors arising from the way our societies and our values are organised: governance, urbanisation, energy and industrial policies, mobility, farming practices, climate change, biotope alteration, vulnerabilities and impoverishment, food insecurity... Conversely, progress towards universal health will lead to synergies with all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (2030 SDGs), in terms not only of education and reduction of socio-economic inequalities but also of gender, environmental protection, etc. To attain the SGDs by 2030, it is mandatory to scale up to a truly integrated, equitable and global approach to achieve the collective good that is universal health. Which major programs should be developed to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 SDGs and protect us from new worldwide epidemics or any other kind of inequities and inequalities?

Today, a “One Sustainable Health” (OSH) approach, encompassing both “One Health” and “Global Health” concepts with equal and universal access to healthcare, is essential to transform the goal of sustainable health for all into a reality. Many communities, associations, foundations, researchers and patients, innovative entrepreneurs and governments have converged in that direction. We are all concerned by the evolution towards universal sustainable health.

How to organise an OSH approach which can involve the different key players in health while ensuring their diversity and complementarity? On October 26th, 2020 at the French embassy in Berlin, we signed a pledge for the cooperative development of the OSH Initiative. This will be a Forum between all stakeholders in order to facilitate the operational implementation of the One Sustainable Health approach through innovative projects.

We invite you to discover the OSH Initiative and to join us to enhance it with your expertise!


Benoît MIRIBEL, USDT Foundation « Une Santé Durable pour Tous »

Professor Detlev GANTEN, Founder of the World Health Summit (WHS)

Stay informed : Subscribe to the newsletter.

Invalid E-mail address

Discover our interviews

  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
    Director-General of WHO.

  • Stéphanie SEYDOUX,
    French Ambassador for Global Health.

  • Prof. Jean François MATTEI,
    Honorary President of the French Academy for Medicine and former French Minister of Health.

  • Dr. Thierry Lefrançois, Veterinarian,
    Director, Biological Systems Department at CIRAD.
  • Benoît MIRIBEL, secrétaire général de la Fondation « Une Santé Durable pour Tous », dans le cadre du Geneva Health Forum
  • Runa KHAN, Founder & Executive Director. Friendship.
    Présidente d’honneur de la Démarche OSH.
  • Table ronde du CFF : des fragilités environnementales aux fragilités humaines, une approche transversale indispensable.

    Honorary Supporters

    • Babette SIMON

      Babette SIMON

      Babette Simon is Professeur associé at the Faculté de Santé, Université de Paris and has wide national and international experience across the health system in non-private and private organizations with a strong focus on sustainability, innovation and value in health.

      En savoir plus...

    • Patrice DEBRE

      Patrice DEBRE

      Emeritus Professor of Immunology at the Sorbonne University of Paris and member of the Medicine Academy of France.

      En savoir plus...

    • Runa KHAN

      Runa KHAN

      Founder & Executive Director. Friendship.

      Honorary President of the OSH Forum Approach.

      En savoir plus...

    • Detlev GANTEN

      Detlev GANTEN

      Professor Detlev Ganten, MD, PhD. is Founding President of the World Health Summit and Chairman of the Board of the Charité Foundation.

      En savoir plus...

    • Jean-Christophe RUFIN

      Jean-Christophe RUFIN

      Médecin, engagé dans l’action humanitaire, Jean-Christophe Rufin a occupé plusieurs postes de responsabilités à l’étranger, notamment celui d’ambassadeur de France au Sénégal.

      En savoir plus...