Call for papers: One Health & Implementation Research is receiving contributions

The peer-reviewed journal One Health & Implementation Research is now receiving contributions for consideration for publication.

One Health & Implementation Research (OHIR) aims to promote multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that provides evidence to improve health for all. A special focus of this journal is on the implementation of study findings to achieve sustainable disease prevention and control within the One Health approach, in collaboration with communities, policy makers and other stakeholders. Aims & Scope

The journal publishes Original Articles, Review Articles, Meta-Analyses, Systematic Reviews, Technical Notes, Commentaries, Letters to Editor, Opinions and Perspectives.

Prof. Jorg Heukelbach appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the new journal One Health & Implementation Research


One Health & Implementation Research (OHIR) is a new international, peer-reviewed, open access academic journal. Jorg Heukelbach has been nominated as the Editor-in-Chief. The multidisciplinary editorial board consists of leading experts in the field.

Current socio-ecological challenges such as climate change, destruction of natural habitats, species extinction, urbanization, and emerging zoonotic diseases severely impact the health of people, wildlife, and domestic animals. One Health & Implementation Research aims to promote multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that provides evidence to improve health for all.

A special focus of this journal is on the implementation of study findings to achieve sustainable disease prevention and control within the One Health approach, in collaboration with communities, policy makers and other stakeholders.

Contributions are welcome. The journal publishes Original Articles, Review Articles, Meta-Analyses, Systematic Reviews, Technical Notes, Commentaries, Letters to Editor, Opinions and Perspectives. 

The editorial can be downloaded here.

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TDR has published a new strategy for intersectional gender research

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, aims to support effective and innovative global health research. By promoting the translation of evidence into interventions, the burden of infectious diseases shall be reduced, particularly in the most vulnerable populations.

TDR has recognized the importance of understanding how gender power relations intersect with other social variables to create differences in health needs and experiences. The newly published TDR strategy on intersectional gender research is a pathway to more inclusive, effective response to infectious diseases.

Don’t miss: World Health Summit 2020, October 25-27

The World Health Summit 2020 will take place as planned in Berlin in October, with on-site and remote participation. The Summit is the leading global health conference of academia, the private sector, civil society and politics. This years’ focus will be i.a. on pandemic preparedness, climate change and global health, universal health coverage, and health systems strengthening. Click here for more information and registration.

Project ACAM – Mandacaru: call for donations

One Health Institute Heukelbach is actively supporting the project ACAM-Mandacaru which aims to improve education and health in an urban slum in Fortaleza/Brazil. For more than 10 years, the project has benefitted hundreds of people living in one of the most underprivileged communities in the city of Fortaleza, capital of Ceará State in Northeast Brazil.

Fortaleza city council has set up a general curfew last week, as the coronavirus/covid-19 pandemic has reached devastating levels in the city.

Favela communities with their overcrowded conditions are at highest risk for increased domestic violence, unemployment, undernutrition and high coronavirus infection rates. ACAM-Mandacaru supports the community with protective masks and food donations, as the kindergarten serving 76 children and the teenager projects had to be closed, perpetuating further the negative situation in the mostly affected families.

Any help will be welcome. Donations can be made at the following bank accounts:

IBAN: DE15 5019 0000 4202 0680 87 (bank account of Evanglische Kirche Weiterstadt); purpose of transfer: “Spende Mandacaru Brasilien”

For donations from Brazil: Banco do Brasil, Agência 3140-2, Conta Corrente: 55544-4, CNPJ: 12.859.165/0001-00

Donation receipts will be issued upon request. More information can be obtained at info@one-health-institute.com

Guest article by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development about pandemics and One Health in the German newsmagazine “Der Spiegel”

In a guest article to “Der Spiegel”, Dr Gerd Müller (Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development) explains that

“The One Health approach aims to achieve optimal health for people, animals and our environment, by bringing together the expertise of specialists from veterinary medicine, agriculture and human medicine.”

and further explains that 

 “… we also have to get out of political and academic silo thinking globally, so that One Health not only remains a political phrase.”


Read his complete article in German: 


World Chagas Disease Day celebrated for the first time in 2020

On 14 April 2020, the global community has celebrated the World Chagas Disease Day for the first time. Congratulations for this achievement!

About 110 years after its discovery, Chagas disease persists as a critical public health problem, having crossed the boundaries of Latin America. It is a neglected tropical disease, as evidenced by the ongoing scientific evidence gaps, the difficulty of incorporating new diagnostic and treatment technologies into the market, and the public health failures to ensure timely access to diagnosis and treatment associated with the development of consistent surveillance and control actions. As a result, there is a high burden of morbidity and mortality, and poor quality of life, poverty, stigma, as well as the fear of death persist for the affected people.

Despite considerable control efforts during the last years, Chagas Disease still affects millions of people, and continues being one of the most neglected tropical diseases!

Please see more details on the Chagas Disease Day at the WHO web site.

Check most current coronavirus pandemic information here – constantly updated!

Special Issue on Chagas Disease in the scientific journal Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, edited by Jorg Heukelbach & colleagues

Dr. Jorg Heukelbach, in collaboration with two colleagues from Brazil, is editing a Special Thematic Issue on Chagas Diseases in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

This special issue aims to contribute to greater information dissemination and awareness about Chagas disease and its control.

Please see special detailed issue information and published papers at the MDPI website.

Jorg Heukelbach nominated as Honorary President of the Mauritanian Association for Scientific Research and Development (AMDRS)

During a mission in Nouakchott (Mauritania) in 2019, Jorg Heukelbach received a certificate of recognition as a Honorary President of the Mauritanian Association for Scientific Research and Development (AMDRS). He performed the First Scientific Days in Mauritania, and established collaborations with the AMDRS and the University of Nouakchott, represented by Dr. Mohamed Lemine Sheikh Brahim.