Into the Woods

The Malaysian One Health Workforce seeks to prevent Zoonotic Diseases among Jahai community In Belum Forest.

On 11 – 12 February, 2017, students from the Department of Public Health Medicine at Penang Medical College (PMC) and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) conducted a field attachment trip to Sungai Tiang in Belum forest – one of the world’s oldest rainforests located in Perak, Malaysia. The trip was part of a research grant from Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN), a network under the USAID One Health Workforce project, to study the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices and the potential interventions in response to zoonotic infections primarily transmitted by dogs among the Jahai community in the area. Being cognizant of the fact that the Orang Asli of the Jahai people are a marginalized tribe living in the forests of the jungle, which contributes to problems with stray dog population in their community. The researchers conducted this study among this group of indigenous people to develop One Health intervention strategies to break the chain of zoonotic infections transmitted by dogs among them.

The Jahai are generally hunter gatherers and use dogs for hunting purposes, however due to uncontrolled breeding and lack of general predators, the dogs now number about 100 and live as strays. The dogs in the communities run around without proper care or healthcare, including vaccinations or deworming procedures. This lack of care can potentially lead to the emergence of zoonotic infections in human as a result of transmission through these dogs. As part of the intervention from One Health Workforce, the students were able to instill knowledge and bring awareness of the potential morbidity and mortality associated with zoonotic infections transmitted by dogs.

Performing a survey to a Jahai family by a student participated in the trip

The 35 students from PMC and UPM participated in the first phase of the project to interact with the community. The group met in the morning on Banding Island to start their journey to the location by house boat. The day’s project centered around a group of students performing data collection, which included a questionnaire on knowledge, attitudes and practices of the Jahai community on zoonotic infections transmitted by dogs, while another group collected blood and swab samples from the stray dogs. In total, 175 people responded to the survey and 35 dog samples were collected. Beyond the data collection process, the students had the opportunity to share information on the awareness of potential risks associated with the stray dogs. Learning was not one sided, the students took this opportunity to learn about the Jahai community and their social and cultural structure besides getting to know each other.

The trip ended with debriefing by Prof. Dr. Abdul Rashid Khan of PMC and Dr. Lau Seng Fong of UPM the next afternoon. The UPM and PMC team began their long journey home with better understanding of the human, animal and environment interaction and an appreciation of the importance of working together to achieve a common goal. The project also exposed the students to a community that showcased how important their work and awareness building in One Health is to certain populations.

Students captured a memory with the Jahai children

“The trip teaches me that there is a need of kindness and appreciation in this neglected part of our mother land for both man and animals. It is always better to give rather than to receive,” said Ching Jia Jie, a year 4 Veterinary Medicine student in UPM.

The second phase of the project is scheduled for May 2017 as another opportunity for students and lecturers to share knowledge, experience, to become effective One Health workers and ambassadors.

One Health International Summer Course

The international summer course in One Health will again be offered in 2017 at University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark.

8 May – 9 June 2017: 5-weeks internet-based module

Mid August 2017: One week on-campus module in Copenhagen, Denmark

It aims to provide knowledge, skills and competences regarding efficient solutions to the multifaceted global challenges to human, animal and environmental health through cross-disciplinary research, education and collaboration between relevant institutions and stakeholders.

The summer course focuses on zoonoses, emerging diseases, and emerging health-related problems (drug resistance, toxins, pollution, etc.).

For more information and registration, please visit website:

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Deadline for application: 1 April 2017

Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Seminar & Workshop

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Master’s Degree Scholarship 2017 by SEAOHUN

South East Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) is offering scholarships for selected students to pursue graduate degrees at approved academic institutions in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Criteria for Applicants:

  • Must be a citizen of a SEAOHUN member country (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) or a SEAOHUN expansion country (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Bangladesh)
  • Plan a career in human, animal, or environmental health applying One Health principles
  • Must not be more than 35 years of age at the time of application
  • Must be accepted and enrolled as a full-time student in the SEAOHUN Scholarship Eligible Programs: International One Health related Master’s Degree programs 2017 in SEAOHUN member countries as attached.

Sponsorship Package:

SEAOHUN may provide the full grant of yearly tuition and stipend OR a partial grant that covers only the yearly tuition fee, depending on the SEAOHUN committee judgement and budget. The maximum award is $12,300 per year.

Application Timeline:

  • Application must be submitted to SEAOHUN Foundation at least 3 months prior to the commence date of academic program.
  • The applications time of SEAOHUN Scholarship 2017 will be closed on 15th June 2017 (application DEADLINE).
  • The following deliverables are expected from successful applicants:
  • Quarterly progress reports submitted to the SEAOHUN Secretariat
  • Proof of successful degree completion within two weeks after graduation
  • Deliver at least one presentation at a scientific conference to demonstrate successful application of One Health knowledge within a year after degree completion
  • Prepare one article with photos for publication on the SEAOHUN website describing the experience, insights and perspectives gained during your studies

Application Package:

  • The application must be endorsed and signed by your Head of Department or Faculty Dean
  • Proof of acceptance from the program
  • Brief Curriculum Vitae
  • A vision statement not to exceed 1000 words (Calibri, 12 points) that describes how you will apply the knowledge gained from your studies in your career and how it will contribute to the application of One Health principles
  • A copy of the photo page of your valid passport

APPLICATION DEADLINE is —>>> 15 JUNE 2017.

Download application form at http://bit.ly/2mXlEVn

The 26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology

About WAAVP and WAAVP 2017

The World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) was formally established on 16th August, 1963. It is the largest international veterinary parasitology organisation in the world. WAAVP is a non-profit organization for scientists who study the parasites of animals, encompassing helminthology, protozoology and entomology.

WAAVP Conferences have given parasitologists an opportunity to learn about the parasitological perspectives of the host country, and to enjoy the culture!

Malaysia is delighted to be the first country in South East Asia to host the 26th WAAVP conference in the iconic Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 4 – 8 Sep 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Truly Asia.  This is the result of great team work and effort from the Malaysian Society of the Parasitology & Tropical Medicine (MSPTM) together with Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and with strong support given by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Malaysia (MOA) and Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.

Abstract Submission

The organising committee for the WAAVP 2017 would like to invite prospective authors to submit abstracts for oral, rapid oral and poster presentations at the Conference. The committee particularly encourages graduate students to participate in the Conference. Abstract submissions will open on 1st July 2016 and close on 31st March 2017.

Combating Zoonoses: Strength in East-West Partnerships

The Conference will focus on Parasitology with the following themes:

  1. Zoonoses & One Health
  2. Human Food & Water Borne Pathogens
  3. Novel Parasite Control Options & Diagnostic
  4. Drug Resistance & Therapeutics
  5. Drug Residues in Food
  6. Biotechnology & Genetics
  7. Parasitic Disease & Animal Welfare
  8. Herbal Remedies & Antiparasitics
  9. Asian Parasitic Issues
  10. Poultry & Swine
  11. Ruminant Livestock
  12. Wildlife & Exotics
  13. Primates
  14. Aquatic Animals
  15. Companion Animals
  16. Equine  
  17. Teaching and Learning Veterinary Parasitology
  18. MSPTM Seminar

For more info, please visit WAAVP 2017’s official website

Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2018

The Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) is an annual international conference focusing on policy-related health issues. The Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2018 is co-hosted by the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, the Thai Ministry of Public Health, Mahidol University, the World Health Organization, The World Bank, U.S Agency for International Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency, The Rockefeller Foundation, with support from other key related partners. The Conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 29 January – 3 February 2018. The theme for PMAC 2018 is “Making the World Safe from the Threats of Emerging Infectious Diseases”.

For more info, please go to Prince Mahidol Award Conference’s official website or download the announcement