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
DESIGN THINKING: A TOOL FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT
It has been over a year since the beginning of COVID-19 global outbreak, and the world is still adapting to the new normal situation. In order to help society be better protected from the
illness, Mahidol University, a member of Thailand One Health University Network, conducted a series of workshops on “Design Thinking for COVID-19 Prevention and Control with Clinical Management” in November, December 2020 and in March 2021. These workshops resulted in 10 prototypes of innovative products that help to make COVID-19 prevention more comfortable, effective, and creative process.
For example, among the winning designs is a smart mask that protects from both SARS- CoV-2 and PM 2.5, the harmful dust particles found in polluted urban air. This mask also allows to eat and drink easily with the zip! Cleansing tubes that are made of nature-friendly packaging materials with alcohol gel and moisturizing coating for a pleasant after touch can be attached to hand watch and make sterilizing process enjoyable. Smart helmets not only protect motorbike drivers from potential injuries, but also measure their temperatures and filter the air. In the future, some of these innovative projects may receive funds from the Government of Thailand for actual production.
Complex issues require comprehensive solutions. The multidisciplinary team of lecturers who participated in the workshop is now equipped with an approach to solving any problems creatively and can use it to teach their students. The design thinking tool can be applied for solving complicated problems similar to COVID-19. When dealing with a crisis such as this
pandemic, it is important to define the right problem and develop the right solutions.
At the core of the effort is Design Thinking – a creative approach or social technology for problem solving. It allows to focus on user’s experience, but also to consider technological feasibility and cost-effectiveness. Design thinking process releases creativity and catalyzes innovation. This method consists of five phases: empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. It can be applied to any field, and the Mahidol University team saw its potential in COVID- 19 prevention and control.
Through various workshop activities, such as brainstorming, buzz group, prototype presentation and feedback, the participants came up with out-of-the-box solutions that can improve our daily experiences in times of COVID-19 pandemic. Over 60 participants - faculty members with human, animal, environmental health, and social sciences backgrounds, learned about Design Thinking and how to implement this approach to address COVID-19. Ten best prototypes were awarded with seed funds for pilot production.
- 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. -