One Health Table-top Simulation Exercise for Postgraduate Students

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The 3-day Table-Top Outbreak Simulation Exercise was held at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia, from 7 to 9 March 2024. Forty participants from various backgrounds and fields attended the program. Guided by a team of experienced facilitators who are experts in One Health, the exercise provided valuable insights to participants, enabling them to familiarize themselves with their roles and responsibilities in disease outbreaks, given their background training.

This simulation exercise offered participants a dynamic and immersive learning experience to navigate complex outbreak scenarios through scenario simulations, applying their theoretical knowledge in real-time situations. This exercise also trained them to identify and enhance problem-solving skills through open discussions among individuals from various knowledge backgrounds.

On the last day of the program, participants concluded their intensive learning experience with a trip to the Sultan Idris Shah Forest Education Center (SISFEC), Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, Puchong. This trip allowed participants to experience firsthand the interconnectedness between human health, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. Through guided discussions and interactive activities, participants gained insights into preserving natural habitats and mitigating the risk of zoonotic disease transmission. The program concluded with group presentations and reflection on the program, marking the end of the 3-day Table-Top Outbreak Simulation Exercise.