Community Education and Field Training Among the Jahai School Children in Sungai Tiang on Zoonotic Disease Transmission

This activity mainly focuses on creating awareness on the risks of zoonotic infections involving the children of the indigenous Jahai people from Sungai Tiang in Belum forest located in the state of Perak, Malaysia.

There are three phases to the activity in which the first phase focuses on the recognition of pathogens and understanding the impact to human health. The first phase was held from 30th March to 1st April 2018 with more than 70 children from the age of 6 to 12 years old involved. Few activities were prepared by the facilitators to introduce bacteria and viruses than can cause diseases and how those diseases can impact human health. Before the break, the correct way to wash hands was demonstrated by facilitators for the children to implement in their daily lives.

The second phase was held from 13th April to 15th April 2018. During this phase, the same children with some new addition of the Jahai children participated in the activities prepared by the facilitators. This second phase focuses on the personal hygiene practice and food preparation especially bush meat and the third phase was held from 27th to 29th April 2018 and focused on environment friendly practices and hygiene.

A total of hundred university students from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia that came from various disciplines play the role as facilitators with guidance from few lecturers in each phase. The young and energetic facilitators were very enthusiastic to educate the children and create awareness on the danger of zoonotic infections to their health.

One Health Field Epidemiology Training

One Health Field Epidemiology Training combining officers and academicians from various disciplines was held from 9th to 13th April 2018 in Miri, Sarawak. Forty-three participants attended the training. This 5-day training aimed at training One health workforce to respond competently to the infectious disease outbreaks using One Health competencies.

Project Leader, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Razitasham aimed to produce a training module on field epidemiology using One Health approach, hence another session of the activity was held from 28th April to 1st May 2018, solely focused on developing One Heath Field Epidemiology Module.

 

Pilot PBL with Medical, Health Sciences, and Veterinary Undergraduates Students

On 6 th March 2018, the first session of Pilot Problem Based Learning with Medical, Health
Sciences and Veterinary Undergraduates Students was held in Faculty of Veterinary
Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The second session of the activity was held on
23 rd March 2018 in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation), UPM.
One hundred and eighty students from various disciplines gathered to participate on One
Health PBL cases for both sessions which consequently help them to understand the
importance of transdisciplinary network on One Health issues.

Forty-five facilitators were involved in both sessions to inculcate the One Health concept
among undergraduate students and 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.

One Health Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Seminar & Launching of Malaysian Action Plan on AMR (MyAP-AMR)

One Health Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Seminar & Launching of Malaysian Action
Plan on AMR (MyAP-AMR) was held on 27 th February 2018 in Auditorium JAKIM,
Kompleks Islam Putrajaya. The activity was a collaborative effort between Ministry of
Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry and MyOHUN with 500 ministerial
officers and academician attended the activity.

The objective of the seminar is to improve understanding among all related personnel on the
significance and importance of AMR and launching of the Malaysian Action Plan on AMR
2017-2021. The Launching Ceremony of Malaysian Action Plan on AMR was officiated by
YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry and
YB Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam, Minister of Health.

One Health Disaster Front Liners Module Development Workshop

Disaster’s front liners training is necessary to ensure competent disaster front liners was
deployed to the disaster area. From 16 th to 19 th January 2018, One Health Disaster Front
Liners Module Development Workshop was held in Ramada Plaza Melaka. A total of 25
balance mixture of academician and field experience officers from Ministry of Health,
agencies; National Disaster Management Association (NADIM) and National Disaster
Management Agency (NADMA), universities; Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and hospitals; Hospital Serdang and Hospital
Sultan Ismail Johor Bahru attended the activity. This 4-day training aimed at develop the
basic One Health Disaster Front Liner Module covering the four phase of emergency
management.

MyOHUN Annual Meeting

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

IN-SITU One Health Problem-Based Learning

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 Disease Outbreak

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.

One Health Field Epidemiology Training

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

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.