Community Education and Field Training on Disease Transmission Among Indigenous People in Sungai Kemar, Perak

The first phase of this activity was held from 8th to 10th March 2019 with almost 400 school children from the age of 9 to 12 years old involved. Similar to the last year activity, a questionnaire was distributed to the school children to answer before the facilitators introduced few activities to get them to know bacteria and viruses than can cause diseases, how that diseases can be transmitted and the consequences to human health. The children were also taught about common ways germs can spread using baby powder as an analogy for germs. The activity was then followed up by wash hands demonstration because by simply washing your hands can help prevent germs spread, and the children can implement it in their daily life.

The second phase of this activity was held at the end of March, 29th to 31st March.  The same activity as the first phase was again repeated with the school children. The activities run by the facilitators are based on the module developed by Project Leader, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rashid Khan, and his team. Every phases of the activity involved the same group of children until the end of the activity in third phases. Again, at the end of the third phase which was conducted from 12th to 14th April, a questionnaire was distributed to seek whether the activities done repeatedly for 3 phases has affected their lifestyle or knowledge of diseases transmission. The analysis done with the questionnaires will later improve the module before it can be published and use by educators and researchers.    

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.