Planting “SEEDS” to Grow One Health in Viet Nam

One Health Camp on Rabies Risk Communication

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) One Health Workforce Project – Next Generation (OHW-NG) Project, the Viet Nam One Health University Network (VOHUN) successfully organized a “One Health Camp – Rabies Risk Communication”, which ran from July 24-26, 2020 in Cong Thanh commune, Yen Thanh district, Nghe An province, a community at high-risk for rabies. The camp’s objective was to provide an opportunity for students to: (1) understand the importance of implementing a One Health approach to disease prevention; (2) apply One Health core competencies in disease prevention activities; and (3) conduct a community engagement activity to raise awareness of and help prevent rabies in the community. The camp application process was competitive, and applicants were required to complete a 10-question, multiple choice exam and submit an essay detailing their perceptions of and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Three hundred seventy four (374) applicants applied to the camp and 50 students were selected to participate. A rabies-focused virtual training course was conducted at the beginning of the camp and students were assisted with development of rabies risk communication plans. Wanting to mimic the collaborative, multi-sectoral nature of One Health, students worked together in online groups to develop their risk communication plans all with the support of VOHUN faculty members. As a direct result of the camp activities, five rabies communication plans were presented to 532 community members within five villages o