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.
Efforts to improve knowledge about how to deal with zoonosis threat more quickly, intensify further to students during One Health Young Leaders and Communicators that was held from 16th to 19th July 2018 in Eagle Ranch Resort, Port Dickson.
A total of 49 students from six local universities including four students from three Cambodian universities have the opportunity to participate in the five-day activity. The program gathers students from a variety of different fields including Medical and Health Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Environmental Science, Social Work, Animal Sciences, Agriculture, and Psychology
Project Leader, Dr. Mohd Faizal Ghazali, said the objective of the activity was to introduce students to the concept of ‘One Health’ and to provide knowledge on the competencies required in the ‘One Health’ practice. He said the concept requires an individual to work in a group in dealing with various issues. Zoonotic disease issues are complex and more effectively addressed using the ‘One Health’ concept among various agencies and institutions and thus strengthening communication, collaboration and networking with each other.
Present during the activity was Professor Dr. Stanley Gordon Fenwick from Tuft University, the United States to help facilitate the activity.
One Health Young Leaders and Communicators was held in the Nilai Spring Resort Hotel in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan from 17th to 20th July 2017. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aziah Daud from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as the project leader and her team of local and international facilitator (Prof Stan Fenwick of Tufts University) trained 46 students from UPM, UKM, UM, UiTM, USM, USIM, IIUM, CUCMS, and UTAR. The activity aimed too polish and refine the leadership and communication skills among the participants. These two skills have been identified as among the top one health competencies necessary to ensure good collaboration and partnership for one health efforts in managing infectious diseases