MyOHUN Annual Meeting was held from 26th to 27th September 2017 in Shangri-La Golden Sands, Penang chaired by MyOHUN Chairman, Prof. Dr. Mohd Hair Bejo. Project Leaders, Lead Researchers, and Advisors of university student clubs presented the activities that they have conducted through year 3. The second half of the meeting was used to create detailed programme for Year 4 planned activities of the One Health Workforce project
Two sessions of IN-SITU One Health Problem-Based Learning was held from 15th to 17th September and 22nd to 24th September 2017 at the Centre of Livestock Farming Lenggong, Perak led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hezmee Mohd Nor and team from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and facilitated by Prof. Dr. Stanley Fenwick from Tufts University, United States. A total of 147 students had a lot of learning fun participating in this activity. The activity exposed the students to the application of the theories learned in class at the pre-clinical level to the problem investigation using One Health concept.
Field Simulation on Handling Rabies Outbreak was held from 5th to 6th September 2017 in Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan as a collaboration between UNIMAS and Health Department of Federal Territory Labuan. Sixty-four ministerial officers from health and veterinary backgrounds, academicians, doctors and nurses took part in this activity. The activity was timely in the face of rabies at the neighbouring state of Sarawak. The training aims to improve skills among the workforce in managing an emerging diseases and to formulate a preparedness plan based on the One Health concept.
Epidemiology is a major technical One Health competency in managing emerging infections. The One Health Field Epidemiology Training was led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Razitasham from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) with the aim of providing field epidemiology basics in One Health zoonotic disease outbreaks. Sixty officers from the Ministry of Health, Department of Veterinary Services and universities participated along with trainer from Tufts University, Prof. Dr. Stanley Fenwick. This activity was developed and shaped in collaboration with the Epidemic Intelligence Programme under the Ministry of Health. However, part of the program cannot be executed due to the ongoing rabies outbreak in Sarawak at the time.
Management of Zoonotic Diseases: Application of the One Health Approach was held in Hilton Kuching, Sarawak from 21st to 22nd August 2017. The activity was led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rozita Hod from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and was a continuation of Table Top Exercise on Zoonotic Disease: Application of the One Health Approach that was held in July. In total, 54 postgraduate students from various fields and universities attended the activity. A site visit to Centre for Malaria Research in UNIMAS was scheduled as part of the program. The activity aims to train future One Health workforce in handling disease outbreak using tabletop simulation.
From the 9th to 12th August 2017, Prof. Dr. Siti Suri Arshad and Assoc Prof Dr Jalila Abu from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) led the Regional Training of Trainers (ToT): One Health Problem Based Book in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The activity was attended by 25 academicians and ministerial officers from Malaysia and other countries under SEAOHUN; Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Prof. Dr. Janetrix Hellen Amuguni from Tufts University and Prof. Dr Gregory Sales from the University of Minnesota, United States facilitate the training session. PBL is an innovative teaching and learning method used to ensure active student learning and this training introduced the MyOHUN One Health PBL cases developed in the first year of the OHW Project.
Dr. Roslaini Abd Majid and team led a boisterous bunch of academicians through the One Health Core Competency-centric Teaching between 2nd to 6th August 2017. Dr. Janetrix Hellen Amuguni from Tufts University and Dr, Gregory Sales from the University of Minnesota, United States worked with 42 academicians from various backgrounds to build up ideas that promote the implementation of One Health concept into their curriculum and courses at the universities.
One Health Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Workshop II was held by project leader Dr. Suraya Amir Husin from the Ministry of Health in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) from 31st July to 1st August 2017. The activity was a continuation from the first Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop held in March. Sixty-five academicians and ministerial officers attended the activity. Dr. Amanda Beaudoin from the University of Minnesota, United States facilitated the activity and gave talks about data collection, management, and analysis from surveillance activities. Integrated Manual for AMR Surveillance is expected to be ready by mid-2018.
One Health Young Leaders and Communicators was held in the Nilai Spring Resort Hotel in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan from 17th to 20th July 2017. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aziah Daud from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as the project leader and her team of local and international facilitator (Prof Stan Fenwick of Tufts University) trained 46 students from UPM, UKM, UM, UiTM, USM, USIM, IIUM, CUCMS, and UTAR. The activity aimed too polish and refine the leadership and communication skills among the participants. These two skills have been identified as among the top one health competencies necessary to ensure good collaboration and partnership for one health efforts in managing infectious diseases
From 17th to 19th July 2017, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rozita Hod from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) led the Table Top Exercise on Zoonotic Disease: Application of the One Health Approach in Kolej Tun Syed Nasir, UKM. Sixty-six postgraduate students from medical and veterinary backgrounds went through in-class simulation exercise as part of the training to ensure quick and rapid detection and response of zoonotic disease outbreaks such as avian influenza.