Cambodia One Health University Network
WORLD ANTIMICROBIAL AWARENESS WEEK: CAMBOHUN, FAO AND, RUA DISSEMINATE AMR INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC
In Cambodia, farmers, animal health workers, animal health specialists and the public still lack knowledge regarding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) even though many awareness campaigns have been held those past years. One of the most concrete examples is the use of antibiotic to threat Covid-19 in the country.
CAMBOHUN collaborated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) to raise awareness on this growing issue among the concerned population. AMR becomes a growing issue and concern throughout the world as the resistance huge impact on animal health, human health, and environmental health in the future.
Dr. Pheng Vutha, CAMBOHUN Coordinator, stressed “AMR is currently a global and invisible thread across the sectors. Fighting and controlling this issue requires a collaborative multi-sectorial approach. This is in line with CAMBOHUN as well as other mission of One Health University Networks to sustain the One Health professionals with cross-sectoral expertise in solving the emerging public health threats including AMR.”
To tackle this issue, CAMBOHUN, FAO and RUA organized a webinar event during the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) under a global theme, “Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance” on 23 November 2021 where 33 participants attended at RUA while 190 joined online. With this hybrid form, it can both ensure Covid 19 safety and a large number of public outreach.
This event successfully raised awareness about the risks of AMR, and the collaboration and works done by CAMBOHUN and its partners in fighting against antimicrobial resistance.
This article is based on FAO news article: https://www.fao.org/cambodia/news/add-news/detail-events/en/c/1460753/
- Personal protective equipment, distancing, and group size standards in this photo were consistent with local public health guidance and COVID-19 status in the specific country and time it was taken. This may not reflect best practices for all locations where COVID-19 is still spreading. -
Building a skillful, competent One Health workforce in Cambodia
Combating outbreaks such as SARS, H5N1, H1N1, Ebola, Zika, or other diseases moving between animals and humans requires a skillful and competent One Health workforce with technical and cross-sectoral competencies. With the support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) in collaboration with the One Health Workforce project has begun to raise awareness of One Health by approaching, identifying and addressing some of the capacity gaps of faculty members, national trainers, and in-service and pre-service professionals in Cambodia.
“My communication, collaborative and teamwork skills have been improved after
participating in the One Health training.
This skill set is very important in
multidisciplinary efforts such as Participatory Epidemiology to solve health issues.”
Mr. Seang Sok Heng, Faculty Member, University of Health Sciences
The Cambodia One Health Workforce Planning workshop to identify and prioritize One Health workforce development needs in Cambodia on 26-28 March 2019
In two years, SEAOHUN and its partners provided a series of One Health training to strengthen technical and cross-sectoral competencies benefiting 114 faculty members and national trainers, 112 in-service health professionals, and 459 pre-service health professionals. Consequently, four faculty members were certified as Master Trainers on Participatory Epidemiology by the Participatory Epidemiology Network for Animal and Public Health.
“One Health activities help me connect and work together with other students from other fields and schools
and also teach me to think broadly. My communication skill is gradually improving.”
Miss Moun Sreypich, Public Health student, University of Health Sciences
Celebrating One Health Day at PNCA on 26 October 2018
Key government and university partners participating in the capacity building include: Cambodia Communicable Disease Control Department and its Applied Epidemiology Training (AET) program, General Directorate of Animal Health and Production and its Cambodia Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (CAVET) program, Prekleap National College of Agriculture (PNCA), University of Health Sciences (UHS), Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), and the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH). Through advocacy, SEAOHUN successfully fostered the establishment of Cambodia One Health University Network (CAMBOHUN) with PNCA, UHS, and RUA committing to work together to build the next generation of One Health workforce in Cambodia. Additionally, NIPH prepared an elective course titled 'Introduction to One Health' for its new Master of Health and Community Development. A group telegram was set up for AET and CAVET participants to better communicate and collaborate between human health and animal health sectors. Furthermore, collaboration among universities and between universities and government agencies has improved with joint training.
SEAOHUN had also supported 24 faculty members and national trainers and 7 pre-service health professionals to gain more experience on One Health while abroad. Moreover, SEAOHUN supported 3 faculty members for long-term professional development through its scholarship and fellowship program as well as organizing a series of events to raise awareness of One Health approach to the four partnered institutions and to celebrate global campaigns called One Health Day and World Rabies Day. These awareness raising events enhanced One Health knowledge and practical skills of 514 pre-service health professionals and 56 faculty members and national trainers.
“Increasing meat consumption in Cambodia enables high frequency of animal, human, and environment interactions. This could consequently lead to complex health problems mainly zoonotic and some infectious diseases. Solving these problems requires an inter-disciplinary approach. CAMBOHUN is established to prepare a future-ready workforce capable of working across different disciplines to address these complex health challenges.”
Dr. Thun Vathana, Chairperson of CAMBOHUN
The development work of One Health workforce has just begun in Cambodia. SEAOHUN in collaboration with CAMBOHUN hope to mobilize resources to continue to create a skillful and competent One Health workforce in Cambodia.
CAMBOHUN University Members
Kampong Cham National Institute of Agriculture (KNIA)
Prek Leap National Institute of Agriculture (NIA)*
Royal University of Agriculture (RUA)*
Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
University of Health Sciences (UHS-Cambodia)*
* Founding Universities and Faculties