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, Faculty of 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)
Burapha University (Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Abhaibhubejhr Thai Traditional Medicine, Faculty of Geoinformatics, Faculty of Logistics, and Faculty of Education)
* Founding Universities and Faculties
HOLISTIC ONE HEALTH WORKFORCE
DEVELOPMENT IN THAILAND
Transforming Field-Based Learning to Community Interventions & Innovation
Infectious diseases have become the highest public health concern since the emergence of COVID-19. Through the support of the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT-2) program and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) One Health Workforce Project – Next Generation (OHW-NG) Project, the Thailand One Health University Network (THOHUN) organized the Ecosystem Health Short Course (THOHUN-TELI). This course, which has been implemented annually for the last five years was inspired by the Annual Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI) course-organized by Tufts Institute for the Environment.
The course aims to prepare graduate students and current One Health workforces through field and community based learning at “One Health villages”, villages prioritized as field implementation sites because health problems arise from the interconnection of people, wildlife and domestic animals, and environmental factors. This course serves multi-disciplinary students and health workers from animal, human and environmental sectors to integrate their discipline-based knowledge and skills, practice One Health core competencies, collaboratively design innovative interventions, and engage with the community to solve their health and environmental problems.
• This course reached 145 multi-disciplinary learners from >10 disciplines.
• Individuals from eight countries were trained as One Health experts in their respective organizations.
• This program successfully established a holistic learning platform for 28 learners to apply discipline-based knowledge and skills and strengthen One Health's core competencies to cope with the complex- social, human and animal, and environmental health issues.
• Alumni were recruited to share their experiences and perspective with new approaches to learning and bridge the age gap between junior learners and expert facilitators.
• Fifteen (15) social innovations/solutions (learning outputs) were successfully communicated and delivered to the communities to address or solve One Health problems such as vector-borne diseases, food- and water-borne and zoonotic diseases, human and wild elephant conflict, water and waste management.
• During the portion of the course targeted at rabies, 71 multi-disciplinary students from at least 15 schools/universities were trained as One Health Ambassadors or peer leaders.
The THOHUN training team developed course content suitable for educating and training young people (Gen Z) for rabies prevention and control. The platform allows students to strengthen their planning & management, team collaboration, and systems thinking through interactive activities, a Knowledge-Attitude and Practice survey, and field-based learning.
- 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. -