ASEAN Seminar and Workshop on Antimicrobial Stewardship

MyOHUN in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, British High Commission Kuala Lumpur and Nexus Health Solution Sdn Bhd had organized the ASEAN Seminar and Workshop on Antimicrobial Stewardship in The Vertical Connexion Conference & Event Centre, Bangsar South City, Kuala Lumpur from 30th to 31st October 2019. With the growing concern in many parts of the world of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), this activity aims to improve awareness and provide insights on practitioners and researchers of human and animal healthcare sectors that can contribute to improving the rational use of antimicrobials. More than 200 health practitioners, researchers, and academicians attended the activity from public as well as private sector. This 2-day program highlighted the theme “Stewardship for All” as a platform to discuss variety of topics related to AMR and also the partnership and collaboration among ASEAN members to strengthen Antimicrobial Stewardship in ASEAN countries.

National Avian Influenza Field Simulation Exercise 2019

The Ministry of Health, in close collaboration with MyOHUN and Department of Veterinary Services, organized the National Avian Influenza Field Simulation Exercise 2019 on 5th and 6th August. The location for this exercise spreads all over the Pahang state, specifically in Kuantan, Jerantut, Temerloh, and Pekan. The exercise began on 5th August with a briefing on the simulation in IIUM Medical Centre Kuantan involving the organizers, controllers, evaluators, and observers. On 6th August, the simulation exercise was performed, and more than 120 officers, health practitioners, and academicians were involved in this exercise. The simulation was followed by a debriefing and closing ceremony that evening. MyOHUN looks forward to continuing its involvement in this interagency collaboration as it benefits all parties.

Training of Trainers on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Infection Prevention Contol (IPC) Educational Toolkits

Workshop on Training of Trainers on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) & Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Educational Toolkits was held on 23rd and 24th July 2019 in the Zenith Hotel, Putrajaya to improve the understanding of the use of AMR and IPC educational toolkits for human and animal health personnel. One hundred participants from the Ministry of Health, National Cancer Institute, National Heart Institute, Nexus Health Solution Sdn Bhd, Allied Health Training Institution, USIM, UKM, UPM, UM, CUCMS, MSU, USM, UiTM, hospitals, and clinics attended the workshop. There are 11 sessions throughout the 2-day workshop on AMR and IPC related policy, principle, and management currently used in our health industry. 

Tracing One Health Core Competencies in Teaching

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.

Regional Rabies Simulation Exercise 2019

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.    

International Congress of One Health 2019

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.

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.

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.  MyOHUN organized this training to teach and educate students on the awareness of zoonotic diseases, and the actions needed 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.

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.  MyOHUN organized this training to teach and educate students on the awareness of zoonotic diseases, and the actions needed 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.