Enhancing capacity on communication for control and prevention of zoonotic diseases transmission

The five-day training course, organized by the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, was intended for participants to gain more knowledge on control and prevention of zoonotic diseases and communication for development (C4D) as well as to attain more skills on application of the C4D for control and prevention of zoonotic diseases transmission. Participants of the course included 16 lecturers/staff from Chiang Mai University and Mae Fah Luang University, public health sector, and from Nong Kwai municipality.

The course was divided into two phases. The first phase was held on January 6-8, 2014, and focused on learning and discussing the fundamentals of zoonotic diseases and transmission, control and prevention of zoonotic diseases transmission, communication channel and analysis, and the C4D concept and behavior analysis. The second phase, organized on January 30-31, 2014, provided participants an opportunity to apply what they have learned into practice. Formed into three groups, participants explored a community in Nong Kwai subdistrict, Chiang Mai province from different dimensions: (1) behavior for control and prevention of zoonotic diseases transmission in community, (2) community network, and (3) communication channel, messages, and media.