Lao One Health University Network
ONLINE COVID-19 VACCINATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN LAO PDR
Considering the COVID-19 crisis in Laos, LAOHUN organized and implemented an online vaccination awareness campaign on September 25th and 26th, 2021. The goal aimed to provide general information related to the pandemic and vaccinations. More specifically, the purpose of the campaign was to organize a dissemination meeting with students and faculties, increase awareness, knowledge, and perception towards Covid-19 vaccination, and to encourage students to create vaccination awareness within their spheres of influence. This campaign was led by Prof. Dr. Mayfong Mayxay, Vice Rector of University of Health Sciences (UHS), and Vice Chair of LAOHUN, and Co-led by Dr. Ketkesone Phrasisombath, Vice Director, Department of Academic Affairs, UHS, and LAOHUN coordinator (moderator).
To launch the campaign, an online link registration and the QR code were created and were sent to LAOHUN networks and the public three days prior to the event. The campaign started with a welcome speech by the Chairman of LAOHUN, Assoc. Prof. Fongsamouth Soutthammavong, which was followed by the presentation of the current Covid-19 situation by Prof. Mayfong Mayxay. After this, a panel discussion took place, including questions, answers, or comments from the meeting’s participants. The meeting covered Covid-19 the prevention and control strategy of LAO PDR, Covid-19 vaccination and strategy in LAO PDR, laboratory testing and recommendation for accuracy and reliability of the results, and type of Covid-19 vaccines and where to get them in LAO PDR.
The awareness campaign counted 380 participants attending the meeting. Attendees comprised students, faculty coordinators, and staff, coming from five different universities. Along with those who joined live, the recorded session has been viewed more than 17,000 times, shared 269 times, and has received more than 230 comments, revealing the wide reach and breadth of the campaign. Thanks to this, participants are now equipped with necessary information related to COVID-19 in LAO PDR, which includes how to detect the disease, treat it and more essentially, where, and how to get vaccinated in the country.
Many of the participants showed interest in the responses, prevention, and control strategy of COVID-19 in Laos, the trend of COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination in Laos, treatment for infected individual, types of vaccine that are available in Laos, side effect of the vaccine, and the place from where they can obtain the vaccine. There were also suggestions on conducting more online vaccination campaigns every three months and recommendations on having more information on such as vaccination in pregnant women, non-medication prevention strategy, and receiving a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. With the information gained from the event, the students and lecturers can continue to encourage their family and communities to prevent the infection from COVID-19 by vaccination.
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
Culture and ethics
Planning and management
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
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
National University of Laos (NUOL)
University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR (UHS-Laos)