Global One Health initiative


The International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI) is composed of scientists and policy-makers from Brazil, the United States, Canada, Ethiopia, Kenya, Thailand and many other countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. ICOPHAI brings One Health world experts together, biannually to accelerate the global capacity and knowledge sharing to effectively reduce the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases, environmental hazards, and their risk factors using the “One Health” platform.

ICOPHAI aims to strengthen leadership to integrate professionals from different areas and regions. The inaugural ICOPHAI congress was held at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2011, followed by the 2nd in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil (2013), the 3rd in Chiang-Mai, Thailand (2015), the 4th in Doha, Qatar (2017), and the 5th in Canada.

The ICOPHAI Congress focuses on interdisciplinary knowledge-sharing platforms to address research, capacity building and policy developments that ensure and promote safety of food and water; prevention of vectors, and mitigation of environmental hazards. It promotes the positive benefits of international trade, tourism, other livelihood and economic benefits.