SEAOHUN, established in late 2011 with support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is the regional network of 95 universities in eight Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and 6 universities in an associate member country of Taiwan. SEAOHUN is a leading regional network of universities contributing to making our world safer by developing a resilient and competent One Health* workforce to effectively prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats by leveraging education, research, and training excellence. SEAOHUN advocates the role of universities to build the capacity of professionals across sectors to solve complex One Health issues, conduct research for evidence-based decision making, and assist governments with public health surge capacity.
SEAOHUN Executive Board agreed to organize an international conference every other year hosted by the country chairing the Network. The conference would convene interested One Health professionals, including faculty members, researchers, government officials, students from SEAOHUN member countries, One Health partners, stakeholders, and potential donors to exchange ideas and good practices on One Health related issues.
The first SEAOHUN conference was organized as a closed side-meeting in Bangkok during the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) on 29-30 January 2017 with the theme “One Health University Network: From Concept to Impact.” The second SEAOHUN conference was open to public and hosted by VOHUN at Hanoi Medical University on 6-9 November 2018 with the theme “One Health Academic Challenges: Preparing Today’s Workforce to Combat Tomorrow’s Infectious Diseases.” SEAOHUN did not plan for the third conference until 2022 due to the pandemic. We expected that international travels would be possible in late 2022; therefore, SEAOHUN plans to organize its third conference on 5 – 7 September 2022.
In consultation with SEAOHUN Chairperson, Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA) will co-host the conference. In the spirit of One Health, SEAOHUN cordially extended our collaboration to Thai Association for Laboratory Animal Science (TALAS), South East Asia Veterinary School Association (SEAVSA), and the Monitoring and Surveillance Center for Zoonotic Diseases in Wildlife and Exotic Animals (MoZWE) to organize joint conferences with overlapping opening ceremony and luncheons.
The SEAOHUN International Conference 2022 is a live, knowledge-sharing event for current and aspiring One Health practitioners, educators and researchers. With the theme 'Catalyzing One Health Citizens of the Future’, the conference seeks to bring together students, academicians, One Health practitioners and advocates those with diverse backgrounds to share their experience, research findings, and perspectives to discuss One Health education and complex health threat issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Immediately after the conference on 8 September 2022, SEAOHUN will organize a partnership meeting for SEAOHUN current and prospect partners to synergize our efforts in the region to advance the development of One Health workforce and address prioritized One Health challenges in Southeast Asia. The partnership meeting is by invitation only.
The conference will be primarily supported by the USAID One Health Workforce – Next Generation (OHW-NG) project and Chevron in close collaboration with CRA, TALAS, SEAVSA, and MoZWE.
[*] “One Health”, defined by World Health Organization (WHO) One Health High-Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP), stands for an integrative and systemic approach to health, grounded on the understanding that human health is closely linked to the healthiness of food, animals and the environment, and the healthy balance of their impact on the ecosystems they share, everywhere in the world.
The SEAOHUN International Conference 2022 aims to:
Reflect on future capacity building goals and One Health education.
Explore policy gaps and institutional responses to promote effective and coordinated One Health efforts.
Examine the research findings and societal responses to the important global health challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and AMR, from broader, cross-sectoral perspectives.