OPEN INVITATION: BTRP Grant Writing Workshop

Dear MyOHUN Members,


This is an Open Invitation to a Grant Writing Workshop which is conducted in collaboration with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP). Due to the limited number of spaces, we can only select FIFTEEN (15) MyOHUN members to the workshop.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with the skills to develop competitive research proposals and familiarize them with the process of applying for international grant funding. Because this program is sponsored by BTRP, participants will focus attention specifically on developing a proposal to the program’s Fundamental Research Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

KINDLY NOTE that BTRP is particularly interested in research projects to improve biosurveillance for pathogens that are included on the U.S. Select Agents and Toxins list. The U.S. Select Agents and Toxins can be viewed in the following link:
https://www.selectagents.gov/SelectAgentsandToxinsList.html


Although BTRP is more likely to fund research proposals focused on select agents, individuals involved in a research area outside of these select pathogens to include syndromic surveillance, acute febrile illness, acute encephalitis syndrome, etc. are encouraged to apply. Skills obtained in this program will be transferable to other scientific grant pursuits as well.

The dates and venue for the Workshop are:
Dates: 2 – 6 DECEMBER 2019
2 – 6 MARCH 2020
Venue: To be confirmed

SELECTED PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND BOTH WORKSHOPS. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE ON THOSE DATES BEFORE REGISTERING.

ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED, PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING TO eddie@myohun.com (ON OR BEFORE 23 OCT):
a. Current CV
b. A scanned copy of the information page of their passport
c. A write-up of no more than 300 words on a research idea that could be developed throughout these workshops

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE REQUIREMENTS AND DETAILS ON THE WORKSHOP, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE ATTACHED DOCUMENTS AND ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO FULFILL THE PARTICIPANT SELECTION CRITERIA.
Interested participants are required to confirm their attendance by completing the online registration form via the following link:
https://forms.gle/EBEeeRJsaX88Mam5A

The registration closing date will be at 5pm on 23 OCTOBER 2019 after which the registration will be closed and the NCO will select the FIFTEEN names registered.


If additional information regarding this workshop is needed, please do not hesitate to contact:
Raja Khairul Adli, Project Manager, MyOHUN NCO
Email: eddie@myohun.com


We look forward to your favorable response by 23 OCTOBER 2019 via the online registration form.

19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) ;20th-23rd Feb 2020

Dear friends, colleagues and collaborators,

The 19th ICID (20th-23rd Feb 2020) will be held in Malaysia and  features an expanded range of sessions by bringing the One Health aspect to the world of clinical infectious diseases and microbiology.  There are many interesting topics lined up and these sessions will be presented by both international and regional experts in the field.https://www.icid.isid.org/  

In addition,  there will be  pre-congress workshops, including one   featuring  Antibiotic Allergy in Practice. This   is a half-day interactive symposium and practical skills workshop enabling the implementation of antibiotic allergy assessment and testing programs into clinical practice. It would be useful for those planning to implement “Antibiotic Allergy De-labelling” as an AMS intervention in your practice.https://www.icid.isid.org/workshops

The deadline to submit your abstract for the 19th ICID is OCTOBER 25th 2019! @ISID_org invites submissions of abstracts of excellent quality in all areas related to infectious diseases. 900+ abstracts will be presented. #ICID2020 #infectiousdiseases https://www.icid.isid.org/abstracts

Disaster Simulation Exercise 2019

‘Disaster Simulation Exercise’ in collaboration with KTMB Gemas, Negeri Sembilan State Health Office, and local authorities under District of Tampin was held from 24th April to 25th April 2019. This simulation has successfully brought together all relevant first responder agencies to work together in making the simulation wholesome.

National Agency for Disaster Management (NADMA), Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia (JBPM), Ministry of Health (MOH) especially Emergency and Trauma Department (Hospital Tuanku Jaafar  Seremban), Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) and Tampin District Office are the key groups coming from both the ministry and agencies involved in this simulation exercise. During this simulation, all agencies, especially health staffs from health clinics, learn to work hand-in-hand, to orchestrate their procedures to fit their roles in inter-agencies communication and coordination to manage the hybrid simulation scenario.

A table top exercise with all the participants and Exercise Management Team took place on April 24 to familiarize exercise players on what if and what could happen during the full-scale exercise based on injected scenarios. A full-scale exercise began the following day with a simulation of a three-tonne truck that had a collision with a train at railway crossing which had caused passengers in three train coaches affected. In total, over 400 people involved in this simulation exercise including 80 actors to play victims that came from USIM, Institute of Technology Gemas, UNISEL and Seremban College, 160 troops from JBPM, APM, PDRM, and more than 80 health staffs from health clinics responded to the simulated disaster.  

The exercise simulation runs smoothly with the organized flow and good communications between agencies, and this could be seen as a huge success prior to its being organized for the first time. A great number of feedbacks were received, concluding that the exercise was hybrid as well as novelty in nature. Participants involved in this simulation if not more, have at least gained some experiential learning in facing disaster should our country needs their service.

Training on Tropical Ecosystem Health & Prevention of Wildlife Zoonoses

Envelope in greenery scenery, the Training on Tropical Ecosystem Health & Prevention od Wildlife Zoonoses took place in Xcape Resort, Taman Negara Pahang from 26th to 30th April 2019.  This training was one of the trainings organized by MyOHUN that inculcate and educate students on the awareness of zoonotic diseases and actions need to be taken to prevent it from happening again or to ever happen in our country. Forty participants from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Malaya (UM) with a variety of background attended the training. Participants were introduced to the training through several talks on One Health, ecosystem, wildlife population, wildlife zoonoses, and also disease management before they went for field observation in Kuala Tahan National Park. Students were allowed to engage with PBL cases and discussed in the group helped by their facilitators. With field observation and PBL cases discussed, students learned more than what they have bargained for in this training and hope they will spread the positivity of One health in their universities.

IN-SITU One Health Problem-Based Learning for Animal & Ecosystem Health

The IN-SITU One Health Problem-Based Learning for Animal and Ecosystem Health was held this year for the fifth time from 19th to 21st April 2019 in Akademi Pengembangan Veterinar and Pusat Perkhidmatan Veterinar Jerangau in Terengganu. With the objective of the activity to expose students to the application of the theories learned in class at the pre-clinical level to the problem investigation used by the One Health concept, a total of 33 students from various backgrounds, each is contributing to the unique aspect of One Health. Five triggers were introduced, and participants were required to discuss the triggers and fill up a FILA (Fact, Idea, Learning Issue, Action) table to organized ideas and thoughts to investigate the problem. Although the program was only for two days, the experiences gained during those days were priceless. Positive feedbacks were received from participants, facilitators, and the staffs in the academy and center. 

Training of Government Officials & Educators on Biosecurity and Biosafety in Conservation Centre

Took place in Felda Residence Hot Spring, Training of Government Officials & Educators on Biosecurity and Biosafety in Conservation Centre was held from 9th April to 11th April 2019. Thirty-four government officials and educators from PERHILITAN, National Wildlife Conservation Centre, National Elephant Conservation Centre, Veterinary Research Institute, RUMC, UKM, and UM attended the activity. The activity aims to train wildlife health personnel on biosecurity and biosafety measures in wildlife management in the conservation centre. Dr. Chris Wittier from Tufts University also presents to share his experiences and knowledge on wildlife management. A field visit to National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) was an additional experience when participants got to see for themselves the procedures and condition of wildlife care in the rescue center.

Community Education and Field Training on Disease Transmission Among Indigenous People in Sungai Kemar, Perak

The first phase of this activity was held from 8th to 10th March 2019 with almost 400 school children from the age of 9 to 12 years old involved. Similar to the last year activity, a questionnaire was distributed to the school children to answer before the facilitators introduced few activities to get them to know bacteria and viruses than can cause diseases, how that diseases can be transmitted and the consequences to human health. The children were also taught about common ways germs can spread using baby powder as an analogy for germs. The activity was then followed up by wash hands demonstration because by simply washing your hands can help prevent germs spread, and the children can implement it in their daily life.

The second phase of this activity was held at the end of March, 29th to 31st March.  The same activity as the first phase was again repeated with the school children. The activities run by the facilitators are based on the module developed by Project Leader, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rashid Khan, and his team. Every phases of the activity involved the same group of children until the end of the activity in third phases. Again, at the end of the third phase which was conducted from 12th to 14th April, a questionnaire was distributed to seek whether the activities done repeatedly for 3 phases has affected their lifestyle or knowledge of diseases transmission. The analysis done with the questionnaires will later improve the module before it can be published and use by educators and researchers.    

One Health Field Experiential Training for Emerging Zoonoses

One Health Field Experiential Training for Emerging Zoonoses was held in Star Well Hotel, Kuala Lipis, Pahang from 8th to 11th April 2019. A total of forty-nine postgraduate students from IIUM, UKM, UMK, UNIMAS, UPM, and USM with various background participated in this activity. Aside from scenario-based exercise, the activity highlighted the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) to the participants as the application allow users to create interactive queries, analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all these operations., Field activity on  larva survey and preventive action from malaria were demonstrated by officers from District Health Office while visiting Felda Kechau on the third day of the activity. Discussion and feedback session along with a small exhibition on larva survey took place on the last day to sum-up the lesson learned throughout the 4-day activity.

One Health Young Leaders and Communicators

On 6th April 2019, undergraduate students of multidiscipline from several universities had undergone an exciting six-day training program named One Health Young Leaders and Communicators at Sudara Beach Resort, Tok Bali, Bachok, Kelantan. This activity was in its fourth installment, and the facilitators were made up of academics from various universities of different disciplines in Malaysia, including UMK, USM, UniSZA, and IIUM. Additionally, Prof Dr. Latiffah Hassan, MyOHUN Coordinator and Prof Dr. Stanley Gordon Fenwick from Tufts University, USA, were among the speakers for this program. This year we trained 61 students from eight local universities, namely UNIMAS, UMS, USM, UUM, UMT, UniSZA, and UMK, besides five international participants from Bangladesh. With the aim to strengthen the participants’ communication, leadership, and partnership skills, participants were indulged in interactive lectures, group work, games, role-play, and team building.

Development of AMR Educational Toolkit for Animal and Aquatic Health

Development of AMR Educational Toolkit for Animal and Aquatic Health was held from 25th to 27th March 2019 in Pulse Grande Hotel, Putrajaya. The activity that aims to develop a standard toolkit that covers all core areas of knowledge in AMR attended by twenty participants from the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and the Department of Fisheries (DOF). This 3-day activity includes training on how to develop a toolkit to the use of the toolkit in all core areas on AMR in several lectures and group discussions. The activity also planned to have a Training of Trainers in order to train animal health personnel on how to deliver the AMR educational toolkit effectively.