The world has experienced significant challenges in recent years, including emerging and re-emerging pandemic threats (SARS, H5N1, H1N1, MERS-CoV), population explosion, and climate change, which bring potential harm to overall health status. One Health concept is one of the platforms that aim to deal with all those challenges through multidisciplinary approach. This concept enables people from various backgrounds, including medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, pharmacy, biology, social sciences, to collaborate and contribute together to solve the global health problems. Thus, strengthening One Health implementation throughout the region becomes one of the crucial steps for the improvement of overall health status.
The International Symposium on One Health and INDOHUN Annual Meeting addresses the most current and prominent issues regarding One Health and other global health challenges, such as population growth, climate change, and emerging pandemic threats. The symposium held on October 22-23, 2014 in Lorin Hotel, Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. The symposium is organized by Indonesia One Health University Network (INDOHUN), one of the leading institutions for the implementation One Health approach in Indonesia. It was expected that after attending this workshop, the participants would be updated with One Health issues and be able to implement One Health approach on their work environment. The following objectives were addressed in the workshop:
- Share state-of-the art research on infectious, zoonotic and emerging diseases;
- Promote One Health approach and disseminate One Health best practices in Southeast Asia region;
- Engage key stakeholders and institutions working on One Health related activities and build linkages, foster coordination and communication among these parties with the broader network;
- Facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries;
- Strengthen the scientific rigor of the field of human health, animal health and environmental health research including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods;
- Develop a national agenda of INDOHUN priority programs on accelerating progress to improve the health of human, animal and environment in Indonesia;
- Enhance leadership and other One Health competency skills of student participants as well as improve their knowledge of global health issues, particularly infectious and zoonotic diseases
- The program features keynote speeches, seminar series, as well as oral and poster presentation, followed by One Health collaborative workshop, leadership training and youth forum. The target audience of the workshop was professionals, researchers, students, and government stakeholders from faculty of medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, nursing, biology, and social science in Indonesia. Altogether, there were around 200 participants come from 31 faculties and 20 universities, 7 government institutions, 3 international organizations, and 1 NGO across Indonesia.
The program was held for two days, from October 22nd – 23rd, 2014. On the first day, welcoming remark was performed by Sebelas Maret University Rector’s representative and followed by opening speech conveyed by INDOHUN coordinator, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito. Next, three keynote speakers delivered their speech, including Prof. Hassim Ismail as the Chairman of SEAOHUN (Southeast Asia One Health University Network), Prof. Mohd. Hair Bedjo as the Chairman of MYOHUN (Malaysia One Health University Network), and Prof. Saul Tzipori as representative of Tufts University.
Following the keynote speeches, there were two seminar sessions. The first seminar sessions discussed about Update on One Health facilitated by Dr. Denny Widaya Lukman, a Division Head of Veterinary Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University. This seminar session invited three prominent speakers which consist of Prof. Agus Purwadianto as Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Pudjiatmoko as Director of Animal Health, Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services, and Prof. Wiku Adisasmito as INDOHUN Coordinator. This session mainly discussed about the current situation on zoonotic and infectious disease in Indonesia, challenges on animal health and agricultural development in Indonesia as well as One Health’s update and implementation in Indonesia.
The second seminar sessions was performed within 90 minutes led by Dr. Marc Baril, an international trainer from Stelerix Strategic Management Inc. This session discussed about One Health Best Practices and invited three distinguished speakers including Dr. Rachmat Sentika from The National Committee of Zoonoses Control, Dr. Phuc Pham Duc from Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research, Hanoi School of Public Health Vietnam, and Prof. Saul Tzipori from Tufts University. The seminar talked about Indonesia success story in fighting avian influenza, application of integrated farming and its relation to improve human, animal and ecosystem health and a brief introduction of Emerging Pandemic Threat (EPT) 2 program.
After lunch, six panel of symposiums was held to explore several strategic issues on One Health namely “Controlling infectious & zoonotic diseases”, “Emerging and re-emerging pandemic threats”, “Environmental health & ecology”, “Climate change & population health”, “Behavior change & policy advocacy”, and “Capacity building on education & community service”. A total of 44 submitted abstract have been reviewed and the selected participants conveyed their research result through 12 oral presentation and 9 poster presentation.
The oral presentation was back to back with INDOHUN Annual Meeting conducted on separate room near the ballroom. Fifty eight deans or its representatives from 32 faculties and 21 universities across Indonesia were attended the INDOHUN Annual Meeting, including Universitas Indonesia, Bogor Agricultural University, Gadjah Mada University, Airlangga University, Andalas University, Brawijaya University, Cendrawasih University, Diponegoro University, Hassanudin University, Sriwijaya University, Mulawarman University, North Sumatera University, Nusa Cendana University, Prof. Buya Hamka University, Sam Ratulangi University, Sebelas Maret University, University of Mataram, Padjajaran University, University of West Nusa Tenggara, Syiah Kuala University, and Udayana University. The 2014 INDOHUN Annual Meeting discussed INDOHUN by laws, strategic plan, and sign of agreement between university to strengthen their network and INDOHUN governance. It is hoped through this annual program an established national agenda of INDOHUN priority programs were developed to accelerate the improvement of human, animal and environment health in Indonesia.
On the second day, the participants are divided into two outstanding workshops, namely “One Health Collaborative Workshop” and “Leadership Training and One Health Youth Forum”. One Health Collaborative Workshop engaged professionals, researchers, and government stakeholders to develop a winning proposal and build successful collaboration. This workshop led by Prof. Saul Tzipori from Tufts University, Dr. Katey Pelican from University of Minnesota and Prof. Amin Soebandrio from The National Committee of Zoonoses Control. In the beginning of workshop, Prof. Saul explained about how to write a good research proposal and followed by Dr. Katey who explained about how to make a winning project proposal. Next, Ms. Kaylee described four potential call for proposals which offers up to USD 2.5 million for four years project. The participants are divided into six groups with their main research or project interest. After 1,5 hour working group discussion, each group presented their brief research/project proposal and received feedbacks from the speakers. It is expected that by attending the workshop, all participants are endorsed to create an innovative, creative and collaborative proposals which may be granted by the prospective donors.
Leadership Training and One Health Youth Forum engaged 63 students and young professionals to further discuss global health and zoonotic disease as well as develop their leadership skills. This workshop led by Dr. Marc Baril from Stelerix Strategic Management Inc and facilitated by 4 Global Health True Leader Fellows. At the beginning of workshop, participants were divided into several groups across faculties, universities, and background. It was expected that they could create a positive collaboration by combining their best potential and expertise. After short introduction between groups, drh. Andri Jatikusumah explained about “Global Health, Global Issues and Challenges” then followed by a Jeopardy Quiz. Next, Dr. Marc Baril delivered modules on “Becoming a True Leaders” to underlying the concept of leadership, including value, beliefs and ethic, help understanding ethical aspect of leadership, association between morality and leadership as well as help determining participant’s life values, vision and mission in order to be true leaders. The next module conveyed was “Interpersonnal Skills” to improve participant’s interpersonal skills which were needed for One Health communication, to work multi-disciplinarily and cross-sectorally to solve complex problem and enhanced participant’s presentation skills and public speaking. By the end of the day, participants were exposed on how to build networks, partnership and collaboration in order to solve the global health challenges. This session was closed by performing the marshmallow exercise which found as the most interesting part of the workshop. Participants were trained to reach an objective by working together.
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