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2019

ISSUE 11

Strengthening Multi-Agency Collaboration


For more information, please contact nco@myohun.com This newsletter is also available at www.myohun.com

Cover Photo: A police officer trying to help a victim in “Disaster Simulation Exercise� More info on page 14 Disclaimer: This newsletter is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of MyOHUN and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.


Protecting

First Responders Against Zoonoses in Disaster Management A first responder is a person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. By that definition, they are the first to face any emerging threats. The training of first responders or frontliners such as police, firefighters, nurses, and military personnel have been limited to natural disasters and accidents. There has been limited focus on biological agents and its threats. MyOHUN gathered 20 experts on disaster management and diseases from 29th to 31st January 2019 under one roof at Bangi Resort Hotel to develop a user-friendly guide for multi-agencies first responders and frontliners to protect them against zoonoses during a disaster by using One Health approach. Experts from the Ministry of Health, Department of Veterinary Services, Emergency and Trauma Department, National Agency for Disaster Management, MERCY Malaysia, UPM, UKM, UNIMAS, and also RUMC drafted chapters for the book. The framework covers mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery phase in disaster management, including the method of communication and risk communication.

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One Health

Field Epidemiology Training:

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One Health Field Epidemiology Training combining officers and academicians from various disciplines was held from 17th to 22nd February 2019 in Kuantan Pahang. Forty-six participants attended the training. This year, this 5-day training aimed at training younger One Health Workforce on how to respond competently to an infectious disease outbreak. Other than lectures and brainstorming outbreak scenarios, the training brought participants on a trip to Terang Bersih Sdn Bhd, a landfill in Jerangau, and to Kuantan Port. Participants learned about health safety and preventive measurements taken by both companies when dealing with possible infectious diseases such as leptospirosis, which commonly occurs in both places. The trip continues to Lie Ming Pig Farm, Kampung Pulau Manis, which had historical Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases. This training was an eye-opener for the new generations of One Health Workforce that will continue to fight against zoonotic diseases.


One Health Problem-Based Learning Book 2 Session with Multidisciplinary Students

A Problem-Based Learning Approach to One Health Cases is an important product from MyOHUN academicians. For PBL Book 2, cases were piloted on 84 students from medical, veterinary, and biomedical sciences who worked on the cases together at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, on 15th March 2019. The activity assesses the comprehensibly of the developed cases while creating the opportunity for medical, health sciences, and veterinary undergraduate students to work together on One Health platform. The participants were divided into ten groups with two facilitators each to guide them through the case. Each group then presented their discussion on different cases; botulism, melioidosis, and trypanosomiasis, just to name a few.

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Table Top Exercise on Zoonotic Diseases:

Application of The One Health Approach

Table top exercise is a necessary teaching tool to test one health core and technical competencies without the investment of a field exercise. MyOHUN held its fourth table top exercise for postgraduates from UKM, UNIMAS, UPM, UM, and UITM at Bangi Resort Hotel on 16th and 17th March 2019. This activity trained 40 postgraduate

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students, many of which are from the ministries, to engage an outbreak scenario using a One Health approach. This activity uses role-play and group interactive exercises to stimulate experiential learning. Experiences ministerial officers and academicians from MyOHUN members were major resource persons in this exercise.


Development of

AMR Educational Toolkit

for Animal and Aquatic Health

AMR is a serious global issue that requires the involvement of everyone to manage it. To enhance the teaching for AMR among the various stakeholders, AMR Educational Toolkit for Animal and Aquatic Health was drafter from 25th to 27th March 2019 in Pulse Grande Hotel, Putrajaya. The toolkit covered all core areas of knowledge and was developed by 20 key participants from the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and the Department of Fisheries (DOF). The toolkit will be used to educate various identified groups within each sector and will enhance knowledge dissemination among these groups.

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One Health

Young Leaders & Communicator

2019

On 6th April 2019, undergraduate students of multidiscipline from several universities had underwent 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 instalment, 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

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Fenwick from Tufts University, USA, were among the speakers for this program. This year we trained 61 students from eight local universities, including those in social sciences and economy, 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.


Training of

Government Officials & Educators on Biosecurity and Biosafety in Conservation Centre

Training of Government Officials & Educators on Biosecurity and Biosafety in Conservation Centre took place in Felda Residence Hot Spring from 9th April to 11th April 2019. Thirty-four government officials and educators from PERHILITAN, National Wildlife Conservation Centre, National Elephant Conservation Centre, Veterinary Research Institute, RUMC, UKM, and UM contributed to this activity. The activity trained wildlife health personnel on biosecurity and biosafety

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measures for wildlife management in the conservation centre to develop a uniform guideline for the implementation of biosafety and biosecurity at conservation centers in Malaysia. Dr. Chris Wittier from Tufts University was present to share his experiences and knowledge on wildlife management. He also guided the development of the draft for the guideline.

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One Health

Field Experiential Training for Emerging Zoonoses 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 49 postgraduate students from IIUM, UKM, UMK, UNIMAS, UPM, and USM 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 allows users to create interactive queries, analyze spatial information, edit data

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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 the District Health Office while visiting Felda Kechau on the third day of the activity. Discussion and feedback session, along with a small exhibition on the larva survey, took place on the last day to sum-up the lesson learned throughout the 4-day activity.


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 last year's activity, a questionnaire was distributed to the school children to answer before the facilitators introduced few activities to introduce and empower students to 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 merely washing your hands can help prevent germs spread, and the children can implement it in their daily life. The second and third phases of the same program were repeated from 29th to 31st March and from 12th to 14th April. The analysis of data from the questionnaires will later improve the module before it can be published and use by educators and researchers.

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IN-SITU One Health Problem-Based Learning

for Animal and Ecosystem Health

The IN-SITU One Health Problem-Based Learning for Animal and Ecosystem Health was held this year for the fifth time from 19th to 21st April 2019 in Akademi Pengembangan Veterinar and Pusat Perkhidmatan Veterinar Jerangau in Terengganu. With the objective to expose students to the application of the theories learned in class at the pre-clinical level to the problem investigation used by the One Health concept, a total of 33 students from various backgrounds, each is contributing to the unique aspect of One Health

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were actively engaged. Five triggers were introduced, and participants were required to discuss the triggers and fill up a FILA (Fact, Idea, Learning Issue, Action) table to organized ideas and thoughts to investigate the problem. Although the program was only for two days, the field experiences gained during those days managed to heightened students learning experiences to a level not achieved by in-class teaching.


Disaster Simulation Exercise 2019

MyOHUN-Gemas Disaster Simulation Exercise in collaboration with KTMB Gemas, Negeri Sembilan State Health Office, and local authorities under the District of Tampin was held from 24th April to 25th April 2019. MyOHUN successfully brought together major critical first responder agencies and ministries such as National Agency for Disaster Management (NADMA), Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia (JPBM), Ministry of Health (MOH) especially Emergency and Trauma Department (Hospital Tuanku Jaafar Seremban), Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) to execute the simulation exercise. During this simulation, all agencies, especially health staffs from health clinics, learn to work hand-in-hand, to orchestrate their procedures to fit their roles in inter-agencies communication and coordination to manage the hybrid simulation scenario. A table top exercise with all the participants and Exercise Management Team took place on April 24

to familiarize exercise players on what if and what could happen during the full-scale exercise based on injected scenarios. A full-scale exercise began the following day with a simulation of a three-tonne truck that had a collision with a train at a railway crossing, which had caused passengers in three train coaches affected. In total, over 400 people involved in this simulation exercise including 80 actors to play victims that came from USIM, Institute of Technology Gemas, UNISEL and Seremban College, 160 troops from JPBM, APM, PDRM, and more than 80 health staffs from health clinics responded to the simulated disaster. This exercise was made possible by the tremendous engagement and involvement of multiple universities and agencies under the MyOHUN One Health platform. A great number of feedbacks were received, concluding that the exercise had successfully achieved its objectives, and it is novel in nature.

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Training on Tropical Ecosystem Health

& Prevention of Wildlife Zoonoses

Training on Tropical Ecosystem Health & Prevention od Wildlife Zoonoses took place in scenic Xcape Resort, Taman Negara Pahang, from 26th to 30th April 2019. MyOHUN organized this training for the last 2 years to emphasize the important component of ecosystem health in the emergence of zoonoses. Forty participants from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Malaya (UM) with a variety of background attended the

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training. Participants were introduced to the training through several talks on One Health, ecosystem, wildlife population, wildlife zoonoses, and also disease management before field observation in Kuala Tahan National Park. Students engaged with PBL cases they were assigned to and brainstorm with multidiscipline group members. This activity pack of One Health punch and students are expected to return home with improved awareness and attitude about ecosystem health and zoonoses.


Joint organized by Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Asian Association of Veterinary School (AAVS), World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA), and Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), the International Congress on One Health 2019 was held from 25th to 26th June 2019, with more than 250 attendees among researchers, policy makers, academicians. The theme “Enhancing Global Health and Wealth” for this year’s Congress reflects the importance of reassessing our

present situation and achievements, before charting the way forward for the continual betterment of health and wealth of all creatures. This is in line with the vision and mission of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the country. The congress was officiated by Deputy Minister of Health Malaysia, YB Dr. Lee Boon Chye, during the opening ceremony on 25th June 2019. Various topics on One Health were discussed alongside poster presentations that provided platform catalyzing intellectual exchange and networking.

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Tracing One Health Core Competencies (OHCC) in Teaching was health from 14th to 17th July 2019 in the HIG Hotel, Langkawi is a continual activity under MyOHUN that emphasizes on the institutionalization of one health competencies through academic teaching and learning activities. Twenty-eight academicians from various backgrounds from UPM, UKM, UMK, IIUM, USIM, UniSZA, USM, and UiTM were engaged in this program. The 4-day workshop consists of several lectures and activities conducted by the international and national speakers and facilitators brainstorming on the implementation of OHCC to taught courses and building a successful OHCC mentorship program were covered and presented.

Tracing

One Health Core Competencies in Teaching

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Regional Rabies Simulation Exercise 2019

Prevention is better than cure is the aim of activities done to curb the re-emerging of the zoonotic disease. MyOHUN, in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), performs the Regional Rabies Simulation Exercise from 16th to 18th July in Langkawi involving more than 150 veterinary officers, medical officers, academicians, and the local community. The exercise also included a representative from ASEAN countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines,

Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Rabies Simulation Exercise is beneficial in building a team that acts fast and efficiently in dealing with the outbreak using streamlined contingency plans and procedures. The exercise was a huge success with active collaboration with the Police Department, Health Office, Health Clinic, and District Office of Langkawi.

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Training of Trainers

on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Infection Prevention Contol (IPC) Educational Toolkits

Workshop on Training of Trainers on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) & Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Educational Toolkits was held on 23rd and 24th July 2019 in the Zenith Hotel, Putrajaya to improve the understanding of the use of AMR and IPC educational toolkits for human and animal health personnel. One hundred participants from the Ministry of Health, National Cancer Institute, National Heart Institute, Nexus Health Solution Sdn Bhd, Allied Health Training Institution, USIM, UKM, UPM, UM, CUCMS, MSU, USM, UiTM, hospitals, and clinics attended the workshop.

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National Avian Influenza

Field Simulation Exercise

2019

The Ministry of Health, in close collaboration with MyOHUN and Department of Veterinary Services, organized the National Avian Influenza Field Simulation Exercise 2019 on 5th and 6th August. The location for this exercise spreads all over the Pahang state, specifically in Kuantan, Jerantut, Temerloh, and Pekan. The exercise began on 5th August with a briefing on the simulation in IIUM Medical Centre Kuantan involving the organizers, controllers, evaluators, and observers. On 6th August, the simulation exercise was performed, and more than 120 officers, health practitioners, and academicians were involved in this exercise. The simulation was followed by a debriefing and closing ceremony that evening. MyOHUN looks forward to continuing its involvement in this interagency collaboration as it benefits all parties.

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ASEAN Seminar and Workshop on Antimicrobial Stewardship MyOHUN in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, British High Commission Kuala Lumpur and Nexus Health Solution Sdn Bhd organized the ASEAN Seminar and Workshop on Antimicrobial Stewardship in The Vertical Connexion Conference & Event Centre, Bangsar South City, Kuala Lumpur from 30th to 31st October 2019. With the growing concern on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), this activity aims to improve awareness and provide insights on practitioners and researchers of human and animal healthcare sectors that can contribute to improving the rational use of antimicrobials. More than 200 health practitioners, researchers, and academicians attended the activity from the public as well as the private sector. This 2-day program highlighted the theme “Stewardship for All� as a platform to discuss variety of topics related to AMR and also embraces the partnership and collaboration among ASEAN members to strengthen Antimicrobial Stewardship in ASEAN countries.

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CERTIFIED TO ISO 9001:2015 CERT. NO. : QMS 02993

Quality Policy “National Coordinating Office (NCO) – MyOHUN is committed to achieve excellence in providing its services in One Health activities through a quality management system that is constantly improved upon to satisfy the needs of our customers in accordance with MS ISO 9001:2015”

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MyOHUN One Health Student Club

Activities

2019

Students of One Health Student Clubs are actively participated and collaborate with each other in organizing activities promoting health not only benefit communities and the environments but also the students themselves. In 2019, a lot of activities organized by students all over Malaysia.

UNIVERSITIES PROGRAMS UNIMAS Fight Against Rabies 2019 Rabies Awareness Forum 2019 IIUM

One Health-Communication for Behavioural Impact (OH-COMBI) 2019

PLACE Pusat Islam Tun Abang Salahuddin, UNIMAS, Sarawak Student Pavillion, UNIMAS, Sarawak Kampung Permatang Badak, Kuantan, Pahang

UiTM

Preserving Nature by Exposing the Students to Nature-based Activities and the Aboriginal Community

Kampung Labohan Dagang & Tadom Hills Resort, Banting, Selangor

USIM

3D One Health Interactive Games: Discover, Design, Deliver

Perkampungan Orang Asli Yum, Sungai Siput, Perak"

UMK

Raising One Health Awareness of Leptospirosis in Kelantan.

Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, Kelantan

USM

Let’s Get to Know Zoonotic Diseases: Transmission and Prevention Program

Pantai Melawi, Bachok, Kelantan

UPM

Rabies Run 2019

UKM

Royal Belum Outreach Grand Venture

Hospital Pengajar, Universiti Putra Malaysia Kampung Sungai Tiang, Royal Belum, Gerik, Perak

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MyOHUN Newssletter Issue 11  

Bi-annual Newsletter by MyOHUN emphasizing the connection between human, animals, and ecosystem health

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Bi-annual Newsletter by MyOHUN emphasizing the connection between human, animals, and ecosystem health

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