In a momentous celebration, the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) proudly marks its 100th anniversary, a century of unwavering commitment to animal health and welfare. Established in 1924 as the OIE with just 28 member countries, WOAH has grown exponentially, now boasting a robust network of 183 member nations.
Originally founded to address challenges related to animal health, WOAH’s mission has evolved over the years. However, the turning point came with the global COVID-19 pandemic, prompting a substantial increase in activities aligned with the One Health approach. WOAH recognized the profound interconnectedness between animal and human health, reinforcing its commitment to addressing health challenges holistically.
The success of WOAH lies in its core values of solidarity and collaboration with its Members. This close partnership has been instrumental in sourcing accurate and timely information, developing essential tools for controlling disease outbreaks, and resolving various animal-health related issues. Over time, WOAH has seamlessly integrated animal health into broader discussions on global health, emphasizing the integral role of animals in our interconnected world.
As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we reflect on WOAH’s significant contributions to advancing the well-being of both animals and humans. The organization’s dedication to fostering collaboration, improving global health, and championing the One Health perspective is truly commendable.
Looking forward, WOAH remains poised to continue its legacy of excellence, making a lasting impact on the health and well-being of our planet. Here’s to a century of accomplishments and to many more years of success in the ongoing pursuit of a healthier, more interconnected world.
Happy 100th Anniversary, WOAH!