“One Health recognises the interconnectedness of the health of people, animals and the environment,” says Simon.
“It enables the inter-disciplinary communication and collaboration that we urgently need to address the grand challenges of sustainable development, including hunger, poverty, the climate crisis and the need to tackle antimicrobial resistance.”
Simon has visited what were then Send a Cow projects twice: in southern Ethiopia and in western Kenya. “As I see it, Ripple Effect's work is One Health in action – doing all these things and also embracing gender empowerment, health & hygiene, sustainable agriculture and economic development."
Meshark Sikuku, Ripple Effect’s Nairobi-based leader on Farm Systems and Sustainability concurs: “One Health is central to our mission to transform lives and protect the planet.
"African communities depend on their environment to get everything they need for their lives: clean and safe water, nutritious food, shelter, clean air, and the fodder to keep their livestock healthy."