Limited in Movement but Not in Creativity

One health student used lockdown time to help in educating their communities on the COVID-19


SEAOHUN is happy to announce the long-awaited results of the OHW-NG - SEAOHUN COVID-19 Digital Awareness Challenge. One of the SEAOHUN’s major roles is building capacities of the future workforce to prevent, detect and respond to health threats. Despite this year’s unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic limiting in-person activities, the SEAOHUN committed to offer opportunities for future One Health Leaders in the region to learn to incorporate a One Health approach to address the pandemic. The contest, introduced for the first time in 2020, aimed at engaging Southeast Asian students in educating their communities about COVID-19 and promoting risk-reducing behavior through digital platforms. The activity was supported by the USAID One Health Workforce Next Generation (OHW-NG) project. ​ The organizers were impressed with the energy and creativity of the participants. Over 200 students across six Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) submitted 110 posters, flyers, and videos to raise awareness of their communities on COVID-19. Most participants (over 60%) came from Malaysia. In addition, high number of participants (nearly 10%) from Cambodia became a pleasant surprise as the One Health University Network in this country is new and the One Health Students Club has yet to be established. ​ A team of judges representing all participating countries and the OHW-NG Global Consortium expressed difficulties in shortlisting 110 submissions down to 13 finalists as the submission content was original, creative, and informative. The finalists were teams from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. In the end, the judges made a tough call to decide only four winners: