Working Together to Promote One Health Awareness, Knowledge, and Practice in Laos

With the year’s support of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), Southeast Asia One Health university Network (SEAOHUN) in collaboration with Thailand One Health University Network (THOHUN) successfully fostered the establishment of Lao One Health University Network (LAOHUN), the newest country network of SEAOHUN. The LAOHUN comprises four faculties at National University of Laos (NUOL) and six faculties and one institute at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). The LAOHUN aims to become a collaborative network of universities fostering multi-sectoral effort on One Health (OH) workforce and policy development. Its mission is to develop a university network capacity to promote One Health awareness, knowledge, and practice through expansion of universities, network strengthening, and advancement of OH workforce.

As the OH concept is new to almost all faculties of LAOHUN, SEAOHUN/THOHUN conducted a training of trainers to introduce OH approach, One Health core competencies (OHCCs), and how to incorporate them into curricula, and teaching strategies. The training equipped twenty-eight faculty members with One Health knowledge, practical tools and activities to teach OHCCs to transform students from passive to become active learners.

Eight core competencies

  • Communication and informatics

  • Leadership and coaching

  • Collaboration and partnership

  • Systems thinking

  • Culture and ethics

  • Planning and management

  • Professional skills

  • Research and development

Prioritize training needs

  • infectious and zoonotic diseases     

  • curriculum mapping and development

  • systems thinking, critical thinking

  • networking, coordination and partnership,

       and interpersonal skills

  • biosafety and biosecurity, simulation exercises, proposal writing, and

       risk management



SEAOHUN and its country networks not only worked collaboratively with the NUoL and NUHS, but also with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and other universities and development partners to identify core competencies and prioritize training needs to improve OH workforce capacity with cross-sectoral competencies to effectively prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats.

" LAOHUN will collaborate and work with

its partners to promote and launch OH education and training to advance Laos' capability in combating any infectious and pandemic diseases. "



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mayfong Mayxay

Vice Chairperson of LAOHUN


LAOHUN University Members

  • Champasack University

  • National University of Laos (NUOL)

  • Savannakhet University

  • Souphanouvong University

  • University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR (UHS-Laos)



In March 2021, SEAOHUN launched a Fellowship Program in partnership with LAOHUN and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations representation in Lao PDR (FAOLA). The program helps young and mid-career professionals from relevant sectors gain experience in implementing One Health approach at leading organizations working on One Health issues. Dr. Ketkesone Phrasisombath, Public Health Specialist and Researcher from the University of Health Sciences in Vientiane, became the first fellow to be hosted by FAOLA. During his 5-months assignment, he will contribute to the ongoing efforts of FAOLA to improve the country’s multi-lateral collaboration among animal health and other One Health partners, including public health, wildlife and private sectors, and academia.

  • Facebook