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Introduction

Established in 2011 with the support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) has grown into a network of 104 universities across eight Southeast Asian countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. SEAOHUN's three focus areas are building interdisciplinary capacity, conducting research for evidence-based decision-making, and assisting governments in enhancing public health surge capacity. As we approach the SEAOHUN 2024 International Conference, the network stands at the forefront of advocating One Health education for all, acknowledging the interconnected nature of human, animal, and environmental health.


This SEAOHUN 2024 conference marks a pivotal moment in addressing health challenges, emphasizing the crucial role of universities in fostering collaborative solutions. SEAOHUN's endeavors, supported by USAID, have contributed significantly to enhancing One Health capacities in Southeast Asia. The event aims to celebrate these achievements, providing a platform for reflection, knowledge exchange, and collaborative planning to address ongoing challenges such as emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


At the heart of SEAOHUN's mission is the recognition of the indispensable role of the health workforce in navigating complexities, both during pandemics and in routine situations. The conference envisions harnessing collective wisdom, experiences, and innovations to propel the principles and practices of One Health. As academia, research, and policy converge, the shared commitment is to shape a healthier, more resilient future for communities in Southeast Asia and beyond. The SEAOHUN 2024 International Conference serves as a rallying point for a community dedicated to advancing the holistic and collaborative vision encapsulated by the One Health framework.


On this momentous occasion, we are expanding our network and strengthening our relationship with the International Society for Animal Hygiene (ISAH). The conference is being organized in conjunction with the ISAH International Conference, aiming to foster connections and enhance knowledge among researchers, academics, and interested parties from both networks. ISAH and SEAOHUN will provide different topics/tracks in parallel sessions. For more information on ISAH's topics, please visit https://isah2024.vet.cmu.ac.th/isahcmu/src/program

Objectives

  • Provide a platform for exchanging knowledge, experiences, best practices, and lessons learned among participants.

  • Emphasize workforces in the public health system and highlight the importance of continuous capacity building, especially during pandemics.

  • Promote evidence-based decision-making through research initiatives that contribute to effective One Health policies.

  • Discuss and chart the regional way forward to enhance collaboration among universities, researchers, and stakeholders in the field of One Health.

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The conference aims to synthesize the best practices in One Health education, latest research findings and practices within the One Health domain, fostering a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange among diverse stakeholders. By bringing together academia, research institutions, policymakers, and stakeholders, the conference intends to catalyze strategic collaborations. These partnerships will play a pivotal role in addressing complex health challenges collaboratively, paving the way for innovative and effective solutions.


The conference endeavors to generate actionable outcomes, including evidence-based policy recommendations, a roadmap for resilient health workforce development, and effective community engagement strategies. These outcomes will contribute to shaping policies and practices that enhance public health systems, ensuring a collective and sustainable approach to health and well-being in Southeast Asia.

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Theme, Sub-Theme and Tracks of the Conference

The theme for the SEAOHUN Conference 2024 is “One Health in Action”, emphasizing the achievement in applying One Health implementation to address global, regional, and local health challenges.

Ensuring a holistic exploration of One Health and its practical applications in diverse health challenges, the sub-themes will delve into specific areas for plenary sessions, parallel session presentations as well as poster presentations.

A ) One Health Education, Capacity Building and Institutionalization


Exploring strategies, lessonlearned, best practice and showcasing initiatives to enhance education, capacity building, and institutionalizationThe focus ison preparing professionals to tackle multifaceted health challenges.

D ) Collaborative Approach to Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious diseases 

Exploring comprehensive approaches and implementation to prevent, detect, and control emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Emphasis on multisectoral/multidisciplinary cooperation, effective surveillance systems, and rapid detection and response to manage and mitigate the impact of such diseases.

B ) One Health Policy, Coordinating Mechanisms, Multisectoral Partnership

Addressing One Health policy frameworks, coordinating mechanisms, network strengthening, multisectoral/multidisciplinary partnerships, and community engagement. Emphasis on effective implementation of integrated health strategies.

E ) Laboratory capacity Strengthening

Highlighting the importance of strengthening laboratory capacity for biosafety, biosecurity, and overall support to public health systems.

C ) One Health Approach to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

Discussing collaborative effort to address antimicrobial resistance, including situation updates, rational use policies, research on alternative treatments, and internationalnational cooperationAims is to mitigate the threat of resistant microorganisms.

F ) Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through One Health approach

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals SDG swith interconnectedness amonganimal, human and environmental health.

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