The values and risks of an Intergovernmental Panel for One Health to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response

Alexandre Hobeika, Maxime Henri Tibault Stauffer, Timothée Dub, Wim van Bortel, Martin Beniston, Salome Bukachi, Gian Luca Burci, Lisa Crump, Wanda Markotter, Ludovico Pasquale Sepe, Enrichetta Placella, Benjamin Roche, Oumy Thiongane, Zhanyun Wang, Frédérique Guérin, Esther van Kleef

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for better global governance of pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR) and has emphasised the importance of organised knowledge production and uptake. In this Health Policy, we assess the potential values and risks of establishing an Intergovernmental Panel for One Health (IPOH). Similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an IPOH would facilitate knowledge uptake in policy making via a multisectoral approach, and hence support the addressing of infectious disease emergence and re-emergence at the human-animal-environment interface. The potential benefits to pandemic PPR include a clear, unified, and authoritative voice from the scientific community, support to help donors and institutions to prioritise their investments, evidence-based policies for implementation, and guidance on defragmenting the global health system. Potential risks include a scope not encompassing all pandemic origins, unclear efficacy in fostering knowledge uptake by policy makers, potentially inadequate speed in facilitating response efforts, and coordination challenges among an already dense set of stakeholders. We recommend weighing these factors when designing institutional reforms for a more effective global health system.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Lancet Global health
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)e1301-e1307
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Pandemics/prevention & control
  • COVID-19/prevention & control
  • One Health
  • Health Policy
  • Policy Making

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