Tracing One Health Core Competencies (OHCC) in Teaching was health from 14th to 17th July 2019 in the HIG Hotel, Langkawi. Twenty-eight participants attended the activity are academicians with various backgrounds from UPM, UKM, UMK, IIUM, USIM, UniSZA, USM, and UiTM. Professor Dr. Janetrix Hellen Amuguni from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, United States, was the speaker cum facilitator for the workshop. The 4-day workshop consists of several lectures and activities conducted by the speaker and facilitators, such as the implementation of OHCC to taught courses and building a successful OHCC mentorship program. This is not the first time that the workshop has been organized. Hence, the workshop aims to assess the milestone in implementing OHCC to taught courses in universities.
Prevention is better than cure is the aim of activities done to curb the re-emerging of the zoonotic disease. MyOHUN collaborated with the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) perform the Regional Rabies Simulation Exercise held from 16th to 18th July in Langkawi that involved more than 150 veterinary officers, medical officers, academicians, and the local community. The exercise also included a representative from ASEAN countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Rabies Simulation Exercise, led by Dr. Salina Amat Bugis, is beneficial in building a team that acts fast and efficiently in dealing with the outbreak using streamlined contingency plans and procedures. The exercise was a huge success with the secretariat that planned and ran the exercise that involved Police Department, Health Office, Health Clinic, and District Office of Langkawi.
Joint organized by Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Asian Association of Veterinary School (AAVS), World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA), and Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), the International Congress on One Health 2019 was held from 25th to 26th June 2019, with more than 250 researchers, policy makers, academicians attended the congress.
The theme “Enhancing Global Health and Wealth” for this year’s Congress reflects the importance of reassessing our present situation and achievements, before charting the way forward for the continual betterment of health and wealth of all creatures. This is in line with the vision and mission of the United States Agency for International Development(USAID) and the country. The congress was officiated by Deputy Minister of Health Malaysia, YB Dr. Lee Boon Chye, during the opening ceremony on 25th June 2019. Various topics on One Health and poultry were discussed alongside poster presentation that provided platform and knowledge catalyzing intellectual exchange and networking. The congress aims that discussions resulted from deliberation and interaction among professionals from diverse disciplines during the congress will further enhance our understanding and transverse beyond the intellectual discourse of the meetings to benefit every party on this global health.