Food safety

FAO/OIE/WHO Collaboration (Tripartite)

Health threats at the human-animal-ecosystem (HAEI) interface pose risks to public health, animal health and global health security. The HAEI encompasses all direct and indirect human exposure to animals and animal products and to the environments we all share. Prevention, detection, assessment, and response to pathogens transmitted through contact between humans, animals, food, water, and contaminated environments can not effectively be addressed by one health sector alone. Thus, continuous communication and collaboration among all sectors responsible for health are required.

WHO works in close collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to promote cross-sectoral collaboration to address risks from zoonoses and other public health threats existing and emerging at the human-animal-ecosystems interface, and provide guidance on how to reduce these risks.