One Health Field Epidemiology Training: Introductory Course

One Health Field Epidemiology Training combining officers and academicians from various disciplines was held from 17th to 22nd February 2019 in Kuantan Pahang. Forty-six participants attended the training. This year, this 5-day training aimed at training younger One Health Workforce on how to respond competently to the infectious disease outbreak. Other than lectures and working on scenarios, the training also brought participants on a trip to Terang Bersih Sdn Bhd, a landfill in Jerangau, and Kuantan Port. Participants learned on health safety and preventive measurements taken by both companies when dealing with possible infectious diseases such as leptospirosis which commonly occurs in both places. The trip continues to Lie Ming Pig Farm, Kampung Pulau Manis in which the farm used to have JE cases not too long ago. As an introductory course, this training was an eye opener for the new generations of One Health Workforce that will continue to fight against zoonotic diseases.

Protecting First Responders Against Zoonoses in Disaster Management

From 29 th until 31 st January 2019, Protecting First Responders Against Zoonoses in Disaster Management was held in The Bangi Resort Hotel. The activity was conducted over the course of three days to develop a user-friendly guide for multi-agencies first-responders to protect them against zoonoses in disaster management using One Health approach.

Twenty experts attended the activity to brainstorm and write chapters to be incorporated in the manual. Since the activity was a continuation from the previous year, the draft of the manual
l has already been laid off, hence on a little bit twitch and twist needed to be made. The activity successfully developed 6 chapters range about the precautions needed to be taken by the first-responders pre-deployment to the various diseases background that may exist in the disaster area. The manual is expected to be published later this year, which will be after the simulation activity that scheduled in April this year.

MyOHUN Annual Meeting 2018

The MyOHUN Annual Meeting 2018 was held in Swiss-Garden Beach Resort, Kuantan from
6 th to 7 th October 2018. Prof. Dr. Hair Bejo, MyOHUN Chairman, welcomed all participants
and thanked everyone for their contribution in Year 4. The meeting continued with the
presentations from Project Leaders, Researchers, and Student Club Advisors who had
completed their activities and researches under MyOHUN. The presentations highlighted
some of the achievement and challenges while conducting the program, also the lesson
learned to increase the impact of the activity.

The meeting then continued with pre-planning discussion on Year 5 activities. The result of
the discussion was then presented the next day which each presentation emphasis on added
values and improvements from activities that continued from previous years.

Workshop on Training the trainers on One Health Integrated Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance Manual

Workshop on Training the trainers on One Health Integrated Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance Manual was held on 25th and 26th September 2018 in The Everly Hotel, Putrajaya to improve understanding among laboratory and surveillance personnel on One Health Integrated AMR Surveillance manual. Eighty-nine participants from the Ministry of Health, Department of Veterinary Services, National Public Health Laboratory, Department of Fisheries, Institute of Medical Research, Fisheries Research Institute, State Health Departments, Health Clinics, Hospitals, Laboratories and MyOHUN participated in this workshop.

IN-SITU One Health Problem Based Learning for Animal and Human Health

The IN-SITU One Health Problem Based Learning for Animal and Human Health was held for the fourth time this year from 14 to 16 September and from 21 to 23 September. The program was held at the Deer Breeding Centre, The Department of Veterinary Services, Lenggong and Matang Mangrove Forest, Kuala Sepetang, Perak.

 

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 174 students from various backgrounds, each contributing to the unique aspect of One Health – Biomedical Science, Medicine, Forestry, Environmental Health and Veterinary Medicine involved in the program.

The Belum Rainforest Summit (BRainS)

The Belum Rainforest Summit (BRainS) is back for its second edition from 18-21 September 2018 and will be hosted at the same venue at the Belum Rainforest Resort, Pulau Banding, Gerik, Perak, Malaysia. This time the Summit will be co-organised by the Perak State Government, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia).

Building on the success of the 2016 edition, the Summit is expected to welcome over 100 attendees representing government officials, research scientists, conservationists, NGOs, community leaders and policy makers. A dynamic mix of discussion panels, insight presentations and enhanced networking opportunities will build knowledge and foster collaboration on how best to conserve our tropical rainforest biodiversity with a special reference to the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex (BTRC) in Perak, Malaysia.

The main theme for BRainS 2018 is “FOREST, BIODIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: A BALANCED APPROACH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”. The Summit will focus on the following 5 topics:

1. Biodiversity and ecosystem services
2. Social forestry and community
3. Wildlife conservation
4. Stakeholder participation and governance
5. Forest, REDD+ and Climate Change

For more information kindly contact Mr. Zulfadhlan Ahmad Khushairi (fadhlankhushairi@gmail.com or 03-77107066) or log on to www.brains2018.com.

Download: Flyer BRAINS 2018

Invitation & Dissemination Of Seminar On Parasitic Infection In East Coast Malaysia

Greetings from INFORMM!

 

We are pleased to inform you that the INFORMM and MSPTM will be co-organizing the above seminar at the Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus at Kelantan on 1st October 2018 (Monday). The theme of the event is “SEMINAR ON PARASITIC INFECTION IN EAST COAST MALAYSIA: Current Status on Prevalence, Diagnosis, Management and Related Issues”.

In this regard, it’d be very grateful if you can help us to disseminate this event through MyOHUN website. If you have some little time, we appreciate much if you can also help us to share this event through other higher institutions including UPM, UKM and UM.

Last but not least, may we cordially invite you and other MyOHUN members to attend this inaugural parasitic infection seminar held in East Coast of Malaysia.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Some details abaout the event are as follows:

 

Parasitology research is a long-established field in Malaysia. Despite the well-established sophisticated techniques in most of the current research institutions in Malaysia, the field of Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) still requires more research, attention and affirmative action, thus it is important to increase communication and networking among parasitologists, other scientists and health personnel.

In line with the efforts of the Malaysian Government to improve public health in the East Coast, the Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM) aims to take the initiative to organize an inaugural seminar, entitled “Parasitic Infection in East Coast Malaysia: Current status on Prevalence, Diagnosis, Management and Related Issues”. This will hopefully provide Malaysian researchers and health personnel better insights into the current status, issues, research gaps and progress made on the topic of parasitic infection in Malaysia especially in the East Coast region.

 

Date                : 1st October 2018 (Monday)

Time               : 8.00 – 5.00

Venue            : Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), Universiti Sains

Malaysia Kampus Kesihatan, Kelantan.

Fee                 : RM50

 

Click here for online registration and method of payment

 

MyCPD points for USM staff.

 

 

Registration and enquiries

Basyirah Ghazali

basyirah@usm.my

09-767 2423

 

Nur Fatihah Mohd Zaidi

fatihah@usm.my

09-767 2419

Seminar of Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi from University of Liverpool

TIDREC will be hosting an invited researcher, Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi, from the University of Liverpool UK, on the 29 August 2018. Dr Lesley will be giving a talk on the use of tick cell lines in the research of ectoparasite-borne diseases. We think Dr Lesley’s work will be of great interests to the members of MYOHUN.
Will you be able to help us to spread the words to MYOHUN members so people who are interested can join the seminar?
The details are as the following:
Title: The Tick Cell Biobank: a resource for research on ticks, other arthropods and the diseases they transmit
Speaker: Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi, University of Liverpool, UK
Date: 29 August 2018
Time: 1030 to 1130
Venue: Seminar room, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Organizer: Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Centre (TIDREC), University of Malaya
Download the event brochure for more details

Fellowship Opportunities in Japan

Upon the concept of the founder of the Matsumae International Foundation (MIF), “Towards A Greater Understanding of Japan and a Lasting World Peace”, MIF has started the Research Fellowship Program in 1980.

“2019 Research Fellowship Program” has been released. The deadline of application is August 31st, 2018.

 

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants of non-Japanese nationality; a Doctorate degree; must be 49 years old or under;  not have been in Japan previously; have firm positions and professions in their home nations; etc.
Host Institution In Japan:
Applicants are free to select host institutions (university research laboratories, national research institutions or the corresponding facilities of private industry)
Fellowship Details:
Stipend for research and stay, Insurance, Air transportation (a round-trip air ticket to/from Tokyo) and Lump sum on arrival
Period & Number of Fellowships:
For a period of from three to six months; the number of fellowships is about 20 persons each year.

 

For details, please download the following PDF file of “Fellowship Announcement (PDF)

or visit the official website: mif-japan.org

National Rabies Simulation Exercise 2018

Rabies is a zoonotic disease caused by Lyssavirus and can infect all types of mammals. On June 30,
2017, the state of Sarawak has been shocked by the Rabies case for the first time. Ten lives have been
killed, and the virus is still threatening Sarawakians because the disease has a relatively long
incubation period up to six months. The risk of re-emergence of the disease has always been due to
the active movement of pet from around the world. Likewise, the rapid movement of local and foreign
tourists in infected countries, making the risk always available. Hence, from 24 th to 26 th July 2018,
MyOHUN collaborated with DVS Sabah organized the National Rabies Simulation 2018 in Tawau,
Sabah. In this regard, the simulation exercise of rabies is very useful in streamlining contingency
plans and regular operating procedures, as well as building a team that acts fast and efficiently in
dealing with the epidemic.