Why One Health Matters?

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

The Balak villagers learned how to reduce the risk of human diseases by proper livestock waste managing


On November 8, 2020, students from the University of Gadjah Mada in Indonesia conducted a one-day educational program for the villagers in Balak, located about 30 km away from Yogyakarta, provincial capital on the island of Java. This area is popular among tourists for its scenic views and lush greenery. The nature is generous, and the plantations are rich. Balak village with about 300 inhabitants has good pool of human resources, including farmers, cattle men, and planters. The village also has a wide range of domestic animals, but the waste was not managed properly, thus putting humans at risk of diseases and negatively impacting the environment.

The students invited university lecturers and experts to increase the villagers’ awareness on One Health concept and introduce better techniques for livestock’s waste management.


Having previously won the second place in SEAOHUN’s COVID-19 Digital Awareness Challenge, the students utilized their award towards this activity on raising One Health awareness in the Balak village.