Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN), established in 2011 with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is the regional Network of Universities in Southeast Asia. SEAOHUN empowers its country members to build a sustainable and competent One Health workforce to address high priority One Health issues, including zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance. This is being achieved by leveraging education, research, and training excellence provided by the member Universities in Southeast Asia. SEAOHUN members comprise subject matter experts of multiple disciplines of One Health in 92 Universities from eight Southeast Asia countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
With the USAID One Health Workforce (OHW) and One Health Workforce – Next Generation (OHW-NG) projects, SEAOHUN has provided financial support to over 35 scholarship recipients to pursue their first Master’s Degree in the areas related to One Health since 2016. After completing their advanced studies, SEAOHUN scholarship recipients use their knowledge to advance local and national health developments in academia, government, and human and animal health organizations. With their advanced degrees, they are well-suited to work in multidisciplinary settings to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, nationally and regionally.
In addition, the influx of students pursuing One Health training provides an impetus for new academic programs within host Universities. Thus, the SEAOHUN Scholarship Program contributes to the development and support of One Health educational programs in SEAOHUN member Universities.