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.

Table Top Exercise on Zoonotic Diseases: Application of The One Health Approach

Table Top Exercise on Zoonotic Diseases: Application of The One Health Approach was
held in Bangi Resort Hotel on 16 th and 17 th March 2019. This activity emphasis on the
application of One Health approach in solving infectious diseases theoretically, hence four
groups consist of multidisciplinary postgraduate students from UKM, UNIMAS, UPM, UM,
and UITM were formed during this table top session. Aside from that, this activity
highlighted the practice of familiarizing table-top exercise to younger workforce so that when
the time needed, they will know how to detect, respond and prevent to infectious disease.

One Health Problem-Based Learning Book 2 Session with Multidisciplinary Students

Eighty-four students from various disciplines had taken their time off and participate on One
Health Problem-Based Learning Book 2 with Medical, Health Sciences and Veterinary
Undergraduates Students that took place at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti
Malaysia Kelantan on 15 th March 2019. The activity aims to assess the comprehensibly of the developed book on the students while creating the opportunity for medical, health sciences and veterinary undergraduate students to work together on One Health cases. The book will be published later this year.

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.