MyOHUN 2018

MyOHUN

Malaysia One Health University Network

Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN) was built to promote the philosophy and spirit of One Health in working together to respond to new and emerging diseases. It was initiated in 2012 as part of the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN). The MyOHUN network at present comprises 17 universities, 2 Government ministries, and 7 government departments/agencies.

The concept of One Health in Malaysia aims to forge collaborations between academicians, professionals, scientists, and communities across sectors with responsibility for the health of humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. Through this collaboration, cross-sectoral skills and knowledge will be fostered thus enhances the capacity of health and veterinary professionals to respond to emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases through One Health leadership, curriculum development, faculty linkages and exchanges, workshop, staff development, and mentoring between institutions.

MyOHUN Achievements

MyOHUN has successfully conducted more than 120 activities between 2013-2019.  Some of the training are CPD certified. 

  • Workforce Assessment

  • Problem Based Learning    

  • Curriculum Mapping & Review    

  • Development of Modules

  • Simulation of Disease Outbreaks   

  • Wildlife Zoonosis & Ecosystem Health

  • One Health Student Clubs   

  • One Health Programs to Community    

  • Seed OH research fund

Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN) was built to promote One Health's philosophy and spirit in working together to respond to new and emerging diseases. It was initiated in 2012 as part of the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN). The MyOHUN network at present comprises 17 universities, 2 ministries, and 7 government departments/agencies.  

 

MyOHUN Membership OHW-NG 2020

  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Studies)

  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine)

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) (School of Medical Sciences, School of Health Sciences)

  • International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (Kuliyyah of Medicine, Kuliyyah of Allied Health Sciences)

  • Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) (School of Fundamental Sciences)

  • Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) (Faculty of Medicine)

  • University of Cyberjaya (UoC) (Faculty of Medicine)

  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) (Faculty of Medicine)

  • Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

  • Management & Science University (MSU) (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

  • Universiti Malaya (UM) Faculty of Medicine

  • International Medical University (IMU) School of Medicine

  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences  

  • RCSI & UCD Malaysian College (The Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland & University College Dublin Malaysian Campus

* Founding Universities and Faculties 

Government Ministries

  • Ministry of Health

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry

Government Departments

  •  Department of Veterinary Services (DVS)

  • Veterinary Research Institute (VRI)

  • Malaysia Agricultural and Research Development Institute (MARDI)

  • Institute of Medical Research (IMR)

  • National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL)

  • Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN)

  • National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA)

MyOHUN UPDATES

REACHING INDIGENOUS CHILDREN IN MALAYSIA THROUGH ONE HEALTH PROGRAMS

" Although the preparations for these programs were tedious and challenging, the team’s feedback from the hundreds of university students and the Orang Asli children made all this hard work worthwhile. It has been an enjoyable and poignant journey for the team as well. The friendship and network formed between the team members have resulted in many One Health projects outside the realms of Malaysia One Health University Network. We hope to continue and expand the program in years to come and involve more Orang Asli children from different parts of the country with the help of MyOHUN."  -  Prof. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rashid

In Peninsular Malaysia, the Orang Asli are indigenous people and a marginalized community that is deprived of mainstream education and access to health care. Most of the Orang Asli live in forests and are hunters and gatherers. Due to their proximity to wildlife, limited access to protective resources, and poverty, they are also a community living in a high-risk setting for potential zoonotic disease spillover. 


Professor Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rashid of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin (RCSI & UCD) Malaysia Campus, and his interdisciplinary colleagues from universities throughout Malaysia, are committed to empowering Orang Asli school children with awareness and knowledge concerning zoonotic diseases. Professor Rashid’s program also mobilizes students from different courses and universities and gives them the opportunity for experiential hands-on learning of One Health core and technical competencies. These students are sometimes reluctant and even seem lost at the beginning of the program. However, by the end, they transform into a cohesive One Health team. Feedback and reflections have shown that students in the program network and bond with one another, which we hope will last a lifetime as they grow into the future One Health workforce.

The Orang Asli villages are located in remote and not easily accessible areas, and the MyOHUN teams of students and and their faculty supervisors face multiple challenges accessing and engaging these communities. Staying on a houseboat, using speed boats and off-road vehicles, and hiking to remote forest locations are all part of the educational journey. Because of varying educational levels among the indigenous children, the health promotion materials were custom-made to feature widely accessible graphics. 

 

The children are very eager to learn, absorb the information well, and participate in the activities enthusiastically. When the program ends, disappointment is apparent and the children inquire about when the teachers will return. 


Our program continues to show that when provided resources and opportunities, youth are the promise of a brighter and healthier future. By reaching and educating these school-aged children, we believe the impact is manifold, as they share this information with parents, siblings, and friends.