Fellowship Program

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“I’ve gained much experience from my SEAOHUN fellowship under the supervision of FAO Lao PDR. I learned and improved my technical and coordination skills through many national One Health events. After the fellowship, I am committed to contributing to the development of One Health collaboration in Lao PDR”

Dr. Ketkesone Phrasisombath

SEAOHUN 2021 fellow

Dr. Ketkesone Phrasisombath gave a lecture on One Health at a sub-national event.

Dr. Ketkesone received his doctoral degree from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He works as a public health specialist providing guidance on health research and primary health care development at different levels. He had over 10 years of experience working at the Government of Lao PDR, UN agencies, national and international universities, and NGOs. He is passionate about reproductive health, maternal and child health, and women’s health.

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We cannot stop learning and practicing One Health during the pandemic: A SEAOHUN fellow’s experience in Lao PDR

Dr. Ketkesone Phrasisombath, one of the SEAOHUN fellows in 2021, is a senior lecturer at University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR. He worked at FAO Lao PDR (FAOLA) for 5 months under the mentorship of Dr. Leo Loth, International Technical Advisor, FAO Representation in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. During his fellowship, he helped FAOLA organize a national-level One Health workshop in collaboration with Department of Livestock and Fisheries 

(DLF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MoAF) in Lao PDR. This One Health workshop marked the inception of One Health committees in all 18 provinces of Lao PDR. These committees, linked to the national One Health committee, aim to strengthen collaboration and response to complex health threats at the human- animal-environmental interfaces.

In addition, he fostered collaboration between MoAF and academic. He gave lectures on data entry and data analysis to undergraduate students from the Department of Animal Sciences during his work at DLF. Moreover, he participated in the assessment of the National Strategic Plan on Antimicrobial Drug Resistant (AMR) conducted by MoAF, FAOLA and other international partners. He facilitated Progressive Management Pathway (PMP) assessment which was co-organized by DLF and FAOLA.

Furthermore, he assisted with the concept note and coordinated the National One Health Symposium in November 2021. The Symposium, organized by of Ministry of Health, MoAF, FAO and WHO, included a panel discussion on COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and AMR. Engaged in national level meetings and workshops, he gained practical experiences and contributed to advance One Health in Lao PDR. Specifically, he supported the establishment of the One Health committee at DLF, and a coordination platform where Government agencies and development partners of Lao PDR will meet. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic challenges, he successfully completed his fellowship at FAOLA. His inter-personal skills, friendliness, and team spirit were well observed and appreciated by all partners.

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Progressive Management Pathway (PMP) discussion workshop on AMR organized by FAO, Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Vientiane, Lao PDR

About the fellowship 

The Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) Fellowship Program strives to strengthen One Health workforce by encouraging young and mid-career professionals in human health, animal health, and environmental health to gain practical experience working on One Health issues at leading academic and research institutions, government agencies, international organizations, or international non-governmental organizations in Southeast Asia.

SEAOHUN Fellowship Program supported 19 fellows in 2017–2020 to gain first-hand experience addressing One Health challenges under the mentorship of the experts from various host organizations: 

 

  • Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

  • Chulalongkorn University Veterinary Antimicrobial Resistance Cluster 

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP)

  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) 

  • PREDICT-2 Indonesia in collaboration with Primate Research Center and Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology

  • World Organization for Animal Health Sub-Regional Representation for Southeast Asia (OIE SRR-SEA)

  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) - PREDICT-2 

  • Thai Coordinating Unit for One Health (Thai CUOH), Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)

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In 2021 SEAOHUN Fellowship Program will focus on in-country placement opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic yet providing its recipients with opportunities to interact with international/national experts and broaden their perspectives in One Health.

Some countries are opened for application now! Check this page regularly for updates or sign up to get notifications of our news and opportunities from our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/seaohun

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What the fellowship includes

• A monthly stipend, one-time domestic travel to and from host organization.
• Placement and mentoring by the host organization for three to five months.

Eligibility Criteria: 

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Professionals in One Health-related disciplines 

aged 40 and under may apply.

Applicants must be a citizen in the same country as the host organization. 

Must be able to work full-time with the host organization for the entire period of fellowship placement.

Find more information here: 

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2021 Host Organizations

 

  • Bureau Of Animal Industry of the Department of Agriculture (BAI)

  • Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

  • The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

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