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VOHUN 2020

VOHUN

Vietnam One Health University Network

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ONE HEALTH CAMP IMPLEMENTATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The One Health Camp is an annual event, which focuses on various topics, including veterinary, public health, preventive medicine, and nursing. This event is an opportunity to enhance risk awareness from students to the public. Due to the COVID-19 situation, this year’s event, which was originally planned to be held in Can Tho city, was revised to be conducted solely online from August 20th to 22nd, 2021.

 

To be selected for the OHC, students took an online test with twenty questions related to the avian influenza and wrote an essay answering the following question: “Due to mass media about COVID-19 vaccine’s side effects, many people are afraid of making the decision vaccinate or not. What is your opinion?” They were also instructed to record a video presentation on this topic: “From your point of view, which core competencies are necessary to implement a successful risk communication?”. In total, seventy submissions were received within twenty-three days. Thirty-nine students were selected from the test and one additional student, winner of the “Wildlife Disease Risk Communication Plan Competition” in March 2021, all had the opportunity to attend the camp.

Prior to the start of the online camp, the forty students were divided into four groups. Three rounds of challenges were conducted: an online knowledge test, a debate contest, and a video contest; all used to examine the competencies of the candidates.

In 2021, all activities were also broadcast live on VOHUN's Fan page at

 

https://www.facebook.com/vnonehealth/  

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The first day and first challenge was the online knowledge test. Prior to taking the test, the students learned about avian flu, risk communication methods, and gender considerations in risk communication. Group 2 (Phenomenon) was in the lead after taking the 10-question test at the end of the day. ​On the first and second days of the debate contest groups 2 and 3 were identified as semi-finalists. Once again, group 2 (Phenomenon) won the challenge. The final and most interesting part of OHC was the video contest on avian influenza. Each group was required to involve all members in creating an engaging video explaining Avian flu and how it harms animal and human health.

 

Participants and onlookers awaited the results to be announced and awards distributed at the VOHUN Annual Meeting (September, 2021):

            3rd place: Group 1 (Golden Duckies) and Group 4  

            2nd place: Group 2 “Phenomenon”

            1st place:  Shining Star

Despite the change in venue, the event still received positive comments. Students gained not just technical, but soft skills and hands-on experience through the OHC. We look forward to another successful OHC in the coming year, no matter the venue.

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About VOHUN

 

Vietnam One Health University Network (VOHUN) was established in 2011, with the support of USAID, through the RESPOND project. VOHUN has connected 20 Vietnamese universities from the field of medicine, veterinary science, public health, nursing and food technology to promote the One Health (OH) approach, through university training and research, to equip a new generation of lecturers and researchers with a full range of knowledge and skills to practice the OH approach. The One Health Workforce Project: OHW (2014-2019) and Next Generation (NG) (2020-2025) aims to strengthen the One Health university network and member universities, to support workforce development, education, and training opportunities that are relevant to local health needs and international health standards.

VOHUN Achievements

ONE HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAMS

VOHUN has used the 7 core competencies and 08 technical modules developed to contribute several OH training programs:

Pre-service training programs:

 

  • International Master of Public Health, One Health oriented, Hanoi Medical University.

  • Master of Public Health majoring in Environmental Health, Hanoi University of Public Health.

  • Master of Veterinary Medicine, specialized in Public Health, Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh city.

Pre-service Modules:

  • OH module

  • OH and Zoonoses module, Vietnam National University of Agriculture.

  • OH and Wildlife diseases module, Vietnam National University of Agriculture.

  • OH and Environment and Livestock waste management module, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry.

  • OH training course for students through fieldtrip, VOHUN university members

  • BioRisk Management module

In-service training program:

  • One Health field-based training course for health and veterinary staff.

  • Training course on applying One Health core competencies to develop the zoonotic disease prevention plan for health and veterinary staff

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One Health Workforce Next Generation (2019-2024)

  • Develop, deliver, and institutionalize training and educational offerings in alignment with prioritized One Health core competencies and technical skills.

  • Establish systems, policies, and procedures to assess and track multisectoral workforce placement, performance, and impact.

  • Strengthen the functional and organizational capacities of the regional OH university networks to ensure they are capable of acquiring and managing direct donor funding.

  • Organizational Development of a Sustainable VOHUN.

ONE HEALTH STUDENT CLUBS

There are totally 15 OH student clubs (OHSC) with nearly 1700 members for 21 faculties/universities since 2015. OHSC have the participants of different disciplines, such as: public health, preventive medicine, nursing, veterinary, food technology and husbandry. Students have been given the opportunity to work together with colleagues from other disciplines to learn how to address OH challenges in communities and to raise awareness of communities on infectious and zoonotic diseases prevention and control through activities including seminars, community visits and field-based learning.

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VOHUN 2020
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  • Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University 

  • Buon Ma Thuot University

  • Can Tho University

  • Can Tho University of Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Dong A University (Faculty of Medicine)

  • Hai Phong University of Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Hanoi University of Public Health*

  • Hanoi Medical University*

  • Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University*

  • Ho Chi Minh City Agriculture & Forestry University*

  • Hue University of Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Hue University of Agriculture & Forestry*

  • Nam Dinh University of Nursing

  • Nghe An University of Economics

  • Quy Nhon University

  • Tay Nguyen University (Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine)

  • Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy

  • Thai Nguyen University of Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture & Forestry

  • Tra Vinh University (Faculty of Agriculture and Aquaculture, Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy)

  • School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

  • Phenikaa University (Faculty of Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Environmental Engineer, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine)

  • Vietnam National University of Agriculture*

  • Vinh Medical University

  • Vinh Long University of Technology and Education (Faculty of Food Technology)

* Founding Universities and Faculties 

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