Workshop on the Development of One Health manual on Handling Disease Outbreaks II

Progressing on the Development of a One Health manual on Handling Disease Outbreaks, a second workshop was held from 22nd to 25th August in Melaka at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Previously there were 5 groups from each discipline that has made a preliminary outline of the manual which provided a step to step guide to an outbreak investigation. This manual can be used by a novice and also act as reference for the experts in the field during the management of an outbreak. There were 25 participants involved in the workshop in which 14 participants came from universities, 1 from the Institute of Medical Research, 8 from the Department of Veterinary Services, and 2 from the Ministry of Health. During this workshop, each multidisciplinary group made appropriate corrections and changes for the manual. A draft of the manual was completed respectively according to the template of the manual. A number of issues were detected and resolved when discussing the chapters. During this workshop, experts from the Ministry of Health and Department of Veterinary Services who were part of the team gave impromptu talks on what their responsibilities are and gave a clear image of the human-veterinary service role during an outbreak.

Rabies Outbreak – One Health Field Training Exercise

The Rabies Outbreak – One Health Field Training Exercise was organized from 16th to 18th August 2016. The program took place at the Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching for lectures and group works, and in the District of Lundu for field training exercises. 100 participants were involved in this training mainly from universities, Ministry of Health, Department of Veterinary Services, Indonesian Ministry of Health, and VOHUN. On the first day of the workshop, participants were first introduced to the One Health concept and some examples of Rabies Outbreak inside and outside Malaysia. While on the second day, participants were divided into 6 groups consisting of 3-4 trainers, 5 observers and 5 students in each group. These groups were assigned to different locations around the Lundu District with different scenarios of Rabies outbreak. Six field scenarios were conducted in six different locations which were;

  1. Land Border area with Kalimantan at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Biawak
  2. Semantan Health Clinic (KK Sematan)
  3. District Hospital, Lundu
  4. District Health Office, Lundu
  5. Sarawak Health Department
  6. Ladang Dafa, Lundu

On third day, the students presented the outcomes from the field exercise and requested to incorporate technical and core competencies deemed appropriate in dealing given scenarios. By the end of the workshop, participants gained awareness of the importance of early detection of the outbreak. What’s more it is always best to maintain good communication with neighboring counterparts especially if they are working near borders

Training in Wildlife Zoonoses and Ecosystem Health

The Training in Wildlife Zoonoses and Ecosystem Health was held from 24th July to 28th July 2016 located at the Institut Biodiversiti Perhilitan, Lanchang, Pahang which focused on the One Health approach of the importance of Wildlife and Ecosystem health. This training aimed on emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy tropical ecosystem and how it can prevent zoonoses. The program began with lectures related to Ecosystem Health, Wildlife Zoonosis, Wildlife Population Dynamics and Biosecurity as introduction. Afterwards, the participants were demonstrated on field simulation and other procedures concerning the prevention of zoonosis and protection of wildlife in practical. There were 62 participants comprising of undergraduate and postgraduate students from various fields such as Veterinary Medicine, Human Medicine, Environmental Health and Ecology. All in all, the program gave participants a better understanding of the importance of handling cases involving human-wildlife-environment interaction.

Online Learning Design and Development Workshop

The Online Learning Design and Development Workshop was held in Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel from 18th to 21st July 2016. 28 participants attended the workshop came from various institutions and fields of expertise. They were first introduced to One Health before being engaged into the main content of the workshop. This 4-day workshop intended to improve the participants’ current course design and to develop a new instructional course that will be effective to each course. Moreover, online learning can create student-centered and flexible learning methods and effective teaching deliveries that use the information and communication technologies. Academics from 6 universities namely University Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences and Universiti Sains Islam that participated in this workshop gave positive feedbacks. Through this workshop, the participants had better understanding of the instructional course and e-learning principles, with the hope that this might change the way they design their lessons in the future