Thailand One Health University Network or THOHUN was officially established in August 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. The network is supported by DAI-RESPOND, one of the four projects under the program of Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) launched by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2009. The program seeks to build regional, national, and local “One Health” capacities for early disease detection, prevention, rapid response and containment, and risk reductions. The concept of One Health is a global strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals, and the environment.
THOHUN focuses on pre-service workforce training and strengthening outbreak response capacity. It collaboratively works with university partners, i.e. Tufts University and University of Minnesota, and South East Asia University One Health Network (SEAOHUN) to conduct a number of activities to promote “One Health” concept in the Thai society at several levels. The regional network, SEAOHUN, is composed of 10 universities and 14 faculties from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. These institutions have jointly exchanged academic resources and advance innovative teaching methodologies, as well as shared professional expertise.
Thus far, THOHUN comprises of two founding members: Mahidol University and Chiang Mai University, and other four university members from each region consisting of Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Khon Kaen University, and Prince of Songkla University. It also established THOHUN National Coordinating Office (THOHUN-NCO) to facilitate and assist THOHUN members in conducting activities to foster One Health concept and approach.
Identity of THOHUN can be seen from its logo composed of four symbolic elements, e.g. the animal and human footprints heading together to the same direction infers equality; the four-rays’ star of Clover leaf within the letter “U” denotes unity, initiative, fortune, and environment; the national flag circular ban hints the Thai identity; and the human holding hands together signifies collaboration.
1. Build, develop, and expand One Health University Network of Thailand
2. Develop and exchange skilled One Health professionals between universities and involved agencies
3. Support trans-disciplinary collaboration within and between universities and involved agencies
4. Promote research employing One Health approach to promote the health of humans, animals and environment
5. Coordinate with other related One Health Networks in region of South East Asia
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