• Human health, animal health and the health of ecosystems are the main areas that are considered to have a decisive impact on Public Health.
  • The objective is to increase communication and interdisciplinary collaboration to approach health from an integrated point of view, including health, economic, social and cultural factors.

Valencia, 2nd, September, 2021 –  The Ribera healthcare group has joined the “One Health” strategy to promote “a global vision of health all over the world” according to the healthcare director, Doctor Carlos Catalán. With ten hospitals and 62 Primary Care centers in Spain, more than 7,000 professionals, a million patients annually, 46 quality accreditations and 175 national and international awards, the Ribera group frames this within their responsible health model which bases its strategy on improving the health and well-being of citizens.

“One Health” is a global initiative that aims to improve communication and interdisciplinary collaboration in taking care of the health of people, animals and the environment, with it being understood that there are many factors that influence care in Public Health and the well-being of the global population. “We are experiencing a historical moment, with a global pandemic as a consequence of Covid, which should make us reconsider the importance of approaching the health of the population from a holistic perspective”, Doctor Catalán explains.

In fact, this initiative, promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), promotes collaboration between institutions, health organizations, professional bodies and universities. Its aim is to approach the health challenges of the population from an integrated point of view, considering not only the interrelation between the health of the population and that of animals, a key aspect after the appearance of viruses that have led to epidemics and to this pandemic, but all factors that have an influence.   

“Health, economic, social and cultural factors greatly influence resource organization and planning, as well as preventative measures and the healthcare of the population”, explains Doctor Catalán. “With this exchange of information, data and opinions we should be capable of finding more effective solutions to the health challenges that society has, especially after having faced this pandemic”, he adds.

There are many organizations in Spain, the Ribera group among them, that have joined this global initiative. Amongst others, of note are Spain’s General Council of Nursing, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the General Council of Veterinary Associations, Spain’s Medical College Organization, the General Council of Official Medical Colleges, the National Conference of Deans of Nursing, the National Conference of Medical School Deans and the Conference of Veterinary School Deans in Spain.