Each wicked problem is a unique hurdle that must be solved holistically and can take on many forms. Wicked problems are constantly evolving due to advancements in technology, globalization, and emerging infectious diseases. Solving wicked problems must be a worldwide effort and is the only way to achieve One Health.
Wicked problems are complex and multifaceted challenges that are difficult to define, understand, and solve due to several factors, such as:
These are just a few examples of wicked problems, but without global collaboration, these issues will only persist and worsen.
Wicked problems are detrimental to each aspect of One Health: people, animals, and the environment. They don’t just affect poor economies in underdeveloped countries, but have the potential to cause catastrophic damage at each economic level, in every country across the planet.
Since no one is safe from wicked problems, they have a significant impact on overall global health. Emerging infectious diseases are more difficult to reduce or mitigate without proper global alignment on best practices, so it’s imperative that all governments and cultures agree to support One Health efforts.
However, it’s incredibly difficult or impossible to have alignment with competing governmental agendas, differentiating healthcare systems, educational and social inequities, and more. Without cohesive global health efforts, there is a large risk for economic downfalls and emerging infectious diseases.
It’s difficult to determine how to prioritize solving wicked problems, but an understanding of some of the most detrimental issues is key to making the best choices in healthcare and environmental practices.
Here are some examples of wicked problems and their effect on global health:
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Our state-of-the-art labs offer the insights healthcare professionals need to determine best practices for better aquatic and environmental health, where there are issues, and how to determine priorities going forward. The field readiness of our tests offers all ecosystems, communities, and economies diagnostic testing at a molecular level and rapid results, helping One Health efforts overall.
Many organizations and programs have taken efforts to solve wicked problems around the world. They implement different strategies and approaches to do so through collaborative governance, systems thinking, education, policy and regulation intervention, and more.
Organizations must think on a global scale to collaborate effectively with different governments, especially those with opposing agendas. It’s up to these organizations to implement programs to educate stakeholders, the public, and other organizations to follow suit and make the most informed decisions for better global health. Investing in research and development, leveraging emerging technologies, and exploring novel approaches to problem-solving is key to making strides and solving global issues. Here is how other One Health organizations are working in conjunction with Biomeme’s efforts to solve wicked problems:
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