"Within less than three years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared
two public health emergencies of international concern: COVID-19 in February
2020 and monkeypox in July 2022.
At the same time, extreme weather events are being reported continuously across
the world and are expected to become more frequent and intense.
These are not separate issues. We will have a better chance of suppressing
infectious diseases only if we adopt what the WHO calls a One Health approach
and integrate predictive modelling and surveillance used in both infectious
disease control and climate change.
Public health experts have relied on disease surveillance systems to track
emerging diseases since the 19th century. Their methods have become
increasingly sophisticated, including genomic surveillance to track how
But as long as these surveillance systems depend on diseases that have already
emerged, they remain behind the curve and we risk “sleepwalking” into the next
Given the impacts of a changing climate on ecosystems, any surveillance of new
disease outbreaks must include humans, animals and planetary changes."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics