News and Opinions  –  2017

Mother Earth, One Health – International Encounter in Argentina

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“We must promote the participation of communities, those working with animal, human, and plant health, scientists, ecologists, sociologists and environmentalists, as well as those who have empirical and experiential knowledge.”



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On 12-16 June, together with partners and allies, ReAct Latin America is arranging a large conference in Rosario, Argentina titled Mother Nature, One Health. The conference boasts over 60 presenters and participants attending from more than 10 countries, many of which are from South America.

The five day gathering will take a One Health perspective, focusing on areas such as:

  • Meaning of One Health
  • Strategy
  • Evidence
  • Good practice and stories

Representatives from 16 countries from all continents and more than twenty organizations put their hands and ideas to the program. Throughout the event, antibiotic resistance will be made visible as a complex multisectorial, social problem, with environmental, ecological and medical impacts.

Arturo Quizphe, Head of ReAct Latin America.

New stakeholders from a mix of social, cultural and academic backgrounds will be brought together to learn and discuss how to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Arturo Quizhpe, Head of ReAct says:

“I am really looking forward to the Mother Earth Encounter. It is a great opportunity for new stakeholders to learn more about the interconnectivity between antibiotic resistance and the health of humans, animals, plants and the earth. We look forward to interacting, and sharing knowledge and experiences so that we together can work to improve the health of all and prevent the spread of resistance.”

We have to remember that human health depends on what happens with our ecosystems, with our lakes and seas, with our valleys and mountains, with our planet. The interaction between the members of the Earth is constant and dynamic.

We must remember that efforts to improve human health need a holistic approach addressing diseases of people, animals, plants and our vast microbiosphere.

Let us remember that the human being has had a significant impact on nature initiating a new geological time called the Anthropocene. Food contamination and bacterial resistance to antibiotics are two good examples to illustrate the destructive effects on the human species of such anthropogenic modification of the environment.

Read more about the International Encounter – Mother Earth, One Health (in Spanish)