SEAOHUN 2020 Small Grants Winners Announcement

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

SEAOHUN is catalyzing innovation and collaboration across Universities in Southeast Asia through small grants support

In October 2020, the first batch of the projects supported by the newly launched SEAOHUN Small Grants Program began their implementation. SEAOHUN awarded 8 projects from 7 countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. To acknowledge high number of applications from Malaysia (53 out of 93) SEAOHUN awarded two grants to applicants from this country. The recipients will pilot their innovative ideas to advance One Health in their countries and across the Southeast Asian region. The Small Grants Program introduced in July 2020 was designed to give an opportunity for the faculty members from the network-member Universities to find innovative solutions to most acute problems related to One Health and to advance One Health core and technical competencies. This program also promotes regional and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Two out of eight supported projects focus on training. In the Philippines, which has recently formed One Health University Network and joined SEAOHUN in December 2019, the small grant will be used as a seed fund to develop the first curriculum for a course on One Health for Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Public Health programs. The project team under the leadership of Professor Vicente Belizario, Dean of the College of Public Health of the University of the Philippines Manila, will also develop and pilot a short course on One Health for professionals working in various areas. After the implementation, this small grant project has the potential to be scaled up in the Philippines through engaging other Universities and adapting of the pilot course for their needs.

In Cambodia, a project team led by Dr Bunna Chea, Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Royal University of Agriculture, will implement inclusive awareness training on Rabies among rural communities, including village animal health workers and health volunteers. Four out of eight supported projects are focusing on different types of research.

In Myanmar, Dr Mya Thandar, the Head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health of the University of Public Health in Yangon, will lead a research on AMR in wastewater of Yangon region. There is no routine surveillance of AMR in animal and agricultural sectors in Myanmar. This study findings will serve as a good baseline data for the development of the national AMR monitoring plan on One Health perspective.