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.
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 Field Training for Emerging Zoonoses was held in Tenera Hotel, Bandar Baru Bangi, and Lipis Plaza Hotel, Kuala Lipis from 2nd until 5th July 2018. Seventy officers, academicians, and postgraduate students from UKM, UNIMAS, UPM, and UITM with various background participated in this activity along with the active contribution of experts from the universities, Ministry of Health and Department of Veterinary Services. This activity trained participants on outbreak simulation in a classroom setting. The students were divided into five groups which represent the settings in the scenario, for example, district hospital, health clinic, DVS office, State Health Office and others. Two cases were discussed during the 2-day workshop in Tenera Hotel, Bangi. In Kuala Lipis, during the visit in Felda Kechau, demonstration of indoor residue spray and treated bed net as preventive action from malaria were delivered by officers from the District Health Office while visiting Felda Kechau. The activity will be continued with Table Top Simulation Exercise in August.
From 29th June until 1st July 2018, Regional Training of Trainers (ToT): One Health Problem Based Book 2 was held in Hotel Perdana, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. The activity aims to train facilitators on the use of One Health PBL book 1 and 2 in teaching undergraduate students, as well as to improve the quality of PBL cases from both books based on feedbacks. The activity is built upon past activities on the development of OH PBL book 1. Dr. Hellen Amuguni from Tufts University, United States was again invited to be the trainer for the activity. Twenty-eight academicians that have different disciplines and from various universities such as UniSZA, UPM, UNIMAS, UMK, IIUM, and UKM attended the activity.
From the 9th to 12th August 2017, Prof. Dr. Siti Suri Arshad and Assoc Prof Dr Jalila Abu from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) led the Regional Training of Trainers (ToT): One Health Problem Based Book in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The activity was attended by 25 academicians and ministerial officers from Malaysia and other countries under SEAOHUN; Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Prof. Dr. Janetrix Hellen Amuguni from Tufts University and Prof. Dr Gregory Sales from the University of Minnesota, United States facilitate the training session. PBL is an innovative teaching and learning method used to ensure active student learning and this training introduced the MyOHUN One Health PBL cases developed in the first year of the OHW Project.
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