The Importance of One Health Approach on UGM Dean’s Forum “Our Planet, Our Health”



  On Thursday, April 14, 2022, UGM Faculty of Medicine – Public Health and Nursing held a scientific forum entitled Dean’s Forum: “Our Planet, Our Health” in commemoration of World Health Day and Earth Day in 2022.

This activity was opened by the Head of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (AIPI)), Prof. Dr. Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro, he explained about Science20 which is part of the Engagement Group of the G20. He said that the S20 theme this time was the same as the G20 theme, namely “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”, with 5 priority issues:

1. Building Resilient Health System
2. Advancing a sustainable low carbon health system
3. Bolstering multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary science and technology for climate change and pandemic preparedness
4. Guarantee that people are at the center
5. Strengthening the nexus between data-research-policy-practice for climate change and pandemic preparedness.

The main agenda of the G20 is on the global health architecture, then the transformation of digital economists and the transition of renewable energy. He said that this would be achieved through the collaboration of many sectors, not only in the health sector, so this kind of forum is expected to help the policymaking process.

Keynote Speech by dr. Anas Ma’ruf, MKM as Director of Environmental Health, Directorate General of P2P, Ministry of Health, the Republic of Indonesia, talked about climate change, health impacts, and mitigation efforts. Followed by Prof. Ir Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., IPU ASEAN Eng as the rector of UGM. As a renowned university, Prof. Peanut hopes that this discussion would lead to conclusions that could be conveyed and adopted into a more comprehensive policy-making process.

The talk show is entitled “Innovation in Overcoming Climate Change Issues”. The forum was divided into 2 sessions and was attended by the Deans of the Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Faculty of Psychology, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Forestry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Geography, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences as well as from the Vocational School and representatives of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI)

Prof. dr. Teguh Budipitojo, M.P., Ph.D. as the dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, brought material about One Health and why we need to use the One Health approach to resolve the issues raised related to the environment.

One Health is the correlation between human health, animal health, and the environment. He also conveyed zoonosis, where zoonosis is a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. The fact states that 60% of infectious diseases in humans are of human origin and 3 out of 5 new diseases are zoonotic diseases. This shows that the relationship between the various sectors is very important and interdependent. Prof. Teguh said that to be able to achieve common goals and overcome existing problems and issues, the importance of collaboration between various sectors, coordination, and awareness that one sector depends on other sectors are very much needed.

The forum was closed with a wrap-up and a recommendation from the Dean’s Forum by the Dean of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM, Dr. Wawan Mas’udi, SI.P., MPA.