THOHUN One Health Student Camp for Rabies Control

August 2020

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.

** THOHUN conducted the activity in compliance with all international and national safety measures concerning COVID-19 epidemic.

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