World Veterinary Day 2017

To celebrate the World Veterinary Day (WVD) that will take place globally on 29 April 2017, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are organising the World Veterinary Day Award to reward the most successful contribution by the veterinary profession on the selected theme for 2017.
The competition is open to all WVA member associations, alone, or in cooperation with any other selected body.
The winner of the WVD 2017 Award will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the OIE 85thGeneral Session to be held in Paris, France on 21 May 2017 and the award will be presented to the winner during the World Veterinary Congress 2017 in Incheon, Korea on 27-31st August 2017.

For more info go to World Organisation For Animal Health’ official website.

SEAOHUN Travel Award

The South-East Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) encourages participation of students and
academic staff in One Health-focused national and international meetings, conferences and workshops.
SEAOHUN supports participation by providing travel awards to students and academic staff to deliver
presentations and share updated knowledge/ experiences at such venues.

Criteria for applicants:

  • Applicant must be a staff member (permanent or contracted), or a student from one of the SEAOHUN
    member faculties in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, or one of the SEAOHUN expansion
    countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • The applicant must have been already accepted for oral or poster presentation by the conference.
  • The attending conference must be related to One Health and taken place within 30 September 2017.

Sponsorship Package:
Sponsorships may be applied towards the registration fee, economy class air fares, local accommodation,
ground transport, and per-diem during for conference days. Sponsorships are awarded at the discretion of
the SEAOHUN committee and depending on the available budget. The decision of the committee is final and
the maximum sponsorship budgets are allocated differently in two categories of applicants as following:
1) Student category: maximum sponsorship is 1,500 USD per award (at minimum of 5 awards)
2) Faculty’s staff category: maximum sponsorship is 1,650 USD per award (at minimum of 17 awards)
Application Timeline:

  • Application must be submitted to SEAOHUN Foundation at least 45 days prior to the conference date.
  • The applications time of Travel Awards 2017 will be closed on 31st August 2017 (application DEADLINE).
  • The attending conference must be taken place within 30th September 2017.

The following deliverables are expected within two weeks after the conference:

  • A digital copy of oral presentation or poster
  • A financial report and trip report (the report templates will be sent to the successful applicants)
  • Scanned boarding passes and receipts sent via email
  • Original boarding passes and receipts sent via air mail to SEAOHUN Foundation office

Application Package:

  • Completed the “TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATION FORM” (using format as attached). The application must
    be endorsed and signed by the Head of Department or Faculty Dean.
  • Abstract of oral presentation or poster
  • Proof of abstract acceptance from the conference organizer
  • Brief Curriculum Vitae
  • Justification Letter of Attendance
  • A copy of photo page of passport. At least 6-month passport validity is required before traveling
  • Conference program (if available in PDF or words)

Application Submission or general enquiries:
Ms. Jutamart Jattuchai or May at secretariat@seaohun.org or jutamart@seaohun.org with subject line
“Travel Award Application.”
IMPORTANT NOTE:
1) SEAOHUN does not cover non-official meeting days, personal extra days, personal expenditures
2) Once travel awardee has accepted the travel grant from SEAOHUN and the grant has already
been transferred, the awardee cannot cancel the commitment on the travel award.
3) The travel awardee must attend the whole event of the conference.
4) All international travel will be subject to final travel approval from USAID/Washington DC.
Travel Awardee must not incur any costs, including registration fee, prior to USAID approval.
5) SEAOHUN and USAID must be acknowledged in the awardee’s oral and poster presentation.

 

Download the application form here

One Health Young Leader

In making a stronger and reliant future generation, it is vital to give them the right start, and nurture their development and it is no difference with our One Health (OH) future workforce today. In enhancing the capabilities of the young leaders, from 10th to 14th November 2016, the One Health Young Leader’s workshop was held in Perdana Resort and Pantai Cahaya Bulan Resort, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. The aims of the program were to enhance OH knowledge among the young leaders and to establish sustainable networking for the future One Health Workforce (OHW). A total of 117 participants attended the program from 3 different Universities namely Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) and Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA) from a variety of backgrounds. Several lectures were given by notable speakers to encourage the future OHW to use the knowledge and understanding of the One Health concept to develop, implement and sustain the health of human, wildlife and environment

Mapping One Health Implementation in Curriculum

Educating and implementing One Health concept to the younger workforce is one of the key elements in the One Health approach. This can be done through implementing the One Health concept through the existing curriculum in institutions. In tandem with the idea, a workshop in Mapping One Health Implementation in Curriculum was held from 20th to 23rd October in Ramada Plaza Hotel, Melaka. Aimed to document the implementation of One Health core competencies according to the Malaysian Universities Curriculum, 33 participants attended the workshop who came from a variety of expertise related to the Human-Animal-Environmental Health. Two academicians from MyOHUN members; Dr Razitasham Safii from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and Dr Rozaihan Mansor from Universiti Putra Malaysia were invited to share their experience on the implementation of One Health core competencies in their courses. Dr Karin Hamilton from the University of Minnesota, USA guided and facilitated the discussions on mapping One Health competencies and concepts into the curriculum and courses. The compilation of information on One Health core competencies progressed well since most institutions involved have already documented the implementation of One Health core competencies in their courses.

A Workshop on the Development of a One Health Manual on Handling Disease Outbreaks III

Continuing from the last workshop in August, from 19th to 22nd October at the Swiss Garden Resort, Lumut Perak, a Workshop on the Development of a One Health Manual on Handling Disease Outbreaks III was held in order to finalize the manual. In this workshop, each groups had to review their chapter as well as reviewing a chosen chapter from another group. This workshop was the third of the three workshops planned to develop the first ever user-friendly multi-disciplinary One Health Manual on handling disease outbreaks in Malaysia. Only 12 participants were involved at this stage where there were 5 representatives from universities, 5 from Department of Veterinary Services and 2 from the Ministry of Health. During the workshop, constructive comments were made by members and participants and amendments to the manual were made in the workshop itself. The final draft of the manual was assembled by the project leader before another meeting with representatives from each group will be held to check and finalize the draft. Afterward, the finalized manual will be forwarded to the Director General of Ministry of Health and Department of Veterinary Service to contribute their foreword.

In-Situ One Health Problem Based Learning

The In-Situ One Health Problem Based Learning was held from 7th to 9th October and also from 14th to 16th October 2016. The program was held at the Centre for Livestock Farming, Lenggong, Perak. The objective of the program was to expose students to the application of theories learned in class at the pre-clinical level to the problem investigation used by the One Health concept. Other than that, this program also aimed to introduce in-situ Problem Based Learning (PBL) experience to a more diverse group of students covering medical, veterinary and ecosystem health. 160 participants from various courses namely Animal Conservation, Biology, Biomedical Science, Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, Environmental Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Plant Science were involved in this program. PBL cases were designed in this program to integrate the knowledge of One Health with inputs and participation from local and international facilitators. At the end of the session, the participants acquired knowledge about One Health and were able to relate concepts of PBL in the field compared to the knowledge they acquired in a classroom setting. Participants also had the opportunity to learn and understand more about the real-life situation faced by the respected agencies during a zoonotic disease outbreak and safety measures that need to be taken to curb and prevent the occurrence of the diseases.

Training of Communication and Leadership for One Health Community Education

Organised in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, the Training of Communication and Leadership for One Health Community Education was held from 16th to 18th September 2016. A total of 92 undergraduate students from 5 universities namely Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Penang Medical College and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan were involved in this program. The program achieved all the objectives aimed at promoting the One Health concept to the community, to train future workforce of the One Health program, and also to develop students’ communication and leadership skills. Using the concept of foster families, 2-3 students were assigned to a foster family while promoting health knowledge using the material provided to the families. The communities involved also had the opportunities to attend health talks, a health screening test and health exhibitions. This program not only exposed students to the larger and worthy experiences but also provided the opportunity for the students to give back and reach out to the community.

Training of Trainer (ToT) and Simulation of IN-SITU Problem Based Learning Cases Workshop

The Training of Trainers (ToT) and Simulation of in-situ Problem Based Learning (PBL) Cases Workshop was held at the Copthorne Hotel and Jaya Dairy Farm, Cameron Highlands, Pahang from 22nd to 25th of August 2016. 31 participants from different disciplines such as Veterinary Health, Medicine, and Environmental Health presented. The workshop aimed to prepare facilitators to meet the requirements to conduct the in-situ PBL, assess the suitability of the current One Health PBL cases, and also to train new facilitators from other related disciplines in facilitating the in-situ PBL session. Engaged in scenarios created, participants were actively involved in activities which prompted their skills that will be needed in real-life situations. In relation to the workshop, most participants acknowledged the importance of the knowledge and workshops in order to develop a better and greater One Health future workforce.

Workshop on the Development of One Health manual on Handling Disease Outbreaks II

Progressing on the Development of a One Health manual on Handling Disease Outbreaks, a second workshop was held from 22nd to 25th August in Melaka at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Previously there were 5 groups from each discipline that has made a preliminary outline of the manual which provided a step to step guide to an outbreak investigation. This manual can be used by a novice and also act as reference for the experts in the field during the management of an outbreak. There were 25 participants involved in the workshop in which 14 participants came from universities, 1 from the Institute of Medical Research, 8 from the Department of Veterinary Services, and 2 from the Ministry of Health. During this workshop, each multidisciplinary group made appropriate corrections and changes for the manual. A draft of the manual was completed respectively according to the template of the manual. A number of issues were detected and resolved when discussing the chapters. During this workshop, experts from the Ministry of Health and Department of Veterinary Services who were part of the team gave impromptu talks on what their responsibilities are and gave a clear image of the human-veterinary service role during an outbreak.

Rabies Outbreak – One Health Field Training Exercise

The Rabies Outbreak – One Health Field Training Exercise was organized from 16th to 18th August 2016. The program took place at the Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching for lectures and group works, and in the District of Lundu for field training exercises. 100 participants were involved in this training mainly from universities, Ministry of Health, Department of Veterinary Services, Indonesian Ministry of Health, and VOHUN. On the first day of the workshop, participants were first introduced to the One Health concept and some examples of Rabies Outbreak inside and outside Malaysia. While on the second day, participants were divided into 6 groups consisting of 3-4 trainers, 5 observers and 5 students in each group. These groups were assigned to different locations around the Lundu District with different scenarios of Rabies outbreak. Six field scenarios were conducted in six different locations which were;

  1. Land Border area with Kalimantan at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Biawak
  2. Semantan Health Clinic (KK Sematan)
  3. District Hospital, Lundu
  4. District Health Office, Lundu
  5. Sarawak Health Department
  6. Ladang Dafa, Lundu

On third day, the students presented the outcomes from the field exercise and requested to incorporate technical and core competencies deemed appropriate in dealing given scenarios. By the end of the workshop, participants gained awareness of the importance of early detection of the outbreak. What’s more it is always best to maintain good communication with neighboring counterparts especially if they are working near borders