Thailand One Health University Network
The Thailand One Health University Network or THOHUN was officially established in August 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The establishment of the network was supported under the Emerging Pandemic Threats program funded by USAID to build regional, national and local One Health capacities for early disease detection, prevention, rapid response and containment, and risk reduction.
The One Health approach is a global strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communication in all aspects of health for humans, animals, and the environment.
Building multidisciplinary trainers
THOHUN has created a multidisciplinary group of trainers that can deliver a variety of One Health short courses and mapping workshops, through a training of trainers. THOHUN’s trainers can develop capacities in leadership, technical skills, systems thinking, facilitating/training, and coordinating skills, which are all vital in developing Thailand’s One Health workforce.
THOHUN , together with One Health workforce, SEAOHUN and member universities, is dedicated to the continuous development of OH workforces, both current and future, to strengthen responses to emerging infectious diseases.
Current workforce development
One Health core competency domains for current Thai workforce /government professionals have been identified, which serve as the crucial framework for Thai ministries to define and develop specific core competencies to enhance the capacity of current workforces to respond to outbreaks. Workshops on coordination for rabies response, training health volunteers on One Health, modules on antimicrobial resistance, and many other activities have been developed towards strengthening the capacity of Thailand’s current workforce.
Future workforce development
Among other training platforms, THOHUN developed a field-based One Health core competency teaching platform called THOHUN-TELI, aimed at strengthening the skills of future Thai and regional One Health workforces, through hands-on learning. In 2019, a student One Health camp for rabies control was developed to build core competencies in risk communication, community engagement, and other important skills required for Thai students to respond to outbreaks, using rabies as a model disease.
THOHUN focuses on pre-service workforce training and strengthening outbreak response capacity. It collaboratively works with university partners. THOHUN has comprised 10 universities and 22 faculties around the country
Chiang Mai University* (Faculty of Associate Medical Sciences Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing*, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Public Health
Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine*)
Chulabhorn Royal Academy (Princess Chulabhorn College of Medical Science)
Chulalongkorn University (College of Public Health Sciences Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Science)
Kasetsart University (Faculty of Education, Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Veterinary Technology)
Khon Kaen University (Faculty of Associate Medical Sciences Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty of Public Health,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
Mahasarakham University (Faculty of Architecture Urban Design and Creative Arts, Faculty of Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Science)
Mahidol University* (ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Faculty of Nursing Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Tropical Medicine*, Faculty of Veterinary Science*)
Prince of Songkla University (Faculty of Environmental Management, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Science)
Thammasart University (Faculty of Public Health, The School of Global Studies)
Walailak University (Akkhraratchakumari Veterinary College, International College of Dentistry, School of Agricultural Technology, School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Architecture and Design, School of Engineering and Resources School of Informatics, School of Liberal Arts, School of Management, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Political Science and Law School of Public Health, School of Science, Walailak University International College)
* Founding Universities and Faculties
THOHUN One Health Student Camp for Rabies Control
With the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and One Health Workforce – Next Generation project (OHW-NG), Thailand One Health University Network (THOHUN) organized a workshop to raise student awareness of rabies controls, apply One Health Core Competencies (OHCC), and practice knowledge delivery and training skills. The workshop allowed students to conduct outreach education and surveys on rabies in the community.
The workshop was conducted in Hat Yai, Songkla Province, Thailand. This is one of the thirteen provinces in Thailand that have been declared as "rabies red zones" after the deadly disease recently spread to several parts of the country. (March,2018: Department of Livestock Development of Thailand)
71 multidisciplinary students from 5 universities and 4 schools within Southern of Thailand, Prince of Songkla University, Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya, Songkhla Rajabhat University, Thaksin University, Walailak University, Thidanukhro School, Seangthong Vittaya school, Woranari Chaloem Songkhla School and Mahawachirawut School, with closely support of 8 THOHUN facilitators and 9 THOHUN ambassadors as teaching assistant. The workshop had eight educational stations where participants could get basic knowledge on rabies infection, risks communication, prevention and control measures, and community engagement strategies related to rabies. Students learned how to create stakeholder mapping, mind mapping and use animal surveys. They also practiced identifying existing beliefs and misconceptions on rabies.
Students had lively discussions and worked as a team to go through spot mapping and role-plays. In addition, they had an opportunity to share knowledge with other participants and propose their solutions to the rabies problem, as well as receive feedback and supervision from facilitators.
**"Personal protective equipment, distancing, and group size standards in this photo were consistent with local public health guidance and COVID-19 status in the specific country and time it was taken. This may not reflect best practices for all locations where COVID-19 is still spreading.”