Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KOICA, USAID training zoonotic outbreak experts

KOICA, USAID training zoonotic outbreak experts

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A group of students and faculty studying zoonotic diseases visit Central Market in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Wednesday. USAID

KOICA, USAID training zoonotic outbreak experts

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) announced plans to strengthen the next generation of zoonotic disease experts in Cambodia. These experts will detect and manage disease outbreaks caused by transmission from animal to human.

A May 4 joint press statement stated that the partnership, which began in 2017, had achieved great success through the One Health Workforce project which established the Cambodia One Health University Network (CAMBOHUN), in which five universities committed to fostering the next generation of zoonotic disease experts.

The five are the Royal University of Agriculture, Prek Leap National College of Agriculture, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham National Institute of Agriculture, and the University of Health Sciences.

Nancy J Eslick, USAID Cambodia mission director, said the partnership had advanced health security in Cambodia and the Mekong region by strengthening the capacity of the health sector to detect and manage zoonotic disease outbreaks.

“Today we celebrate our strong partnership in global health security through joint support for immunisation and to build Cambodia’s next generation of health workers skills in tracking and managing zoonotic diseases – a global priority,” she said.

One Health refers to a multi-disciplinary approach that recognises the connections between human and animal health, and the environment, the press statement said.

It said four faculty members from these universities were now certified as master trainers by the Participatory Epidemiology Network for Animal and Public Health. A One Health student network had been created to develop the One Health leaders of tomorrow.

KOICA country director Hyunjun Rho said he appreciated the hard work of USAID and the project team and was proud of the outcomes of the One Health Project in Cambodia.

He added that One Health was a part of the Global Health Security Agenda. It was a priority area that needed to be developed, which is why the health sector was one of the main focuses of Korean cooperation.

Through the USAID and KOICA collaboration, public health facilities in five northeastern provinces now have functioning vaccine temperature monitoring devices, proper cold chain equipment, and 255 immunisation cold chain officers have been trained to utilise the new technology.

On May 4, USAID and KOICA visited a live bird market in Phnom Penh to see CAMBOHUN students in action.

“Through partnerships like these, USAID supports epidemic preparedness so that Cambodia can prevent and respond to zoonotic disease outbreaks such as avian influenza, rabies, salmonella, and other emerging threats,” the press release added.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Aeon, Micromax partner again for third mall

    AEON Mall (Cambodia) Co Ltd and a locally-owned Micromax Co Ltd have entered into a partnership agreement to develop fibre optic infrastructure for $200 million Aeon Mall 3, which is expected to be opened in 2023. The agreement was signed on June 20 between Masayuki Tsuboya, managing director of