Faculty members of the CLSU College of Veterinary Science and Medicine served as facilitators in an international training program entitled “Bridging the Research-Policy Divide” organized by the South Asia Field Epidemiology and Technology Network, Inc. (SAFETYNET) and held on June 2-6, 2014 at University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. They were Dr. Romeo S. Gundran, CVSM dean and Professor; Dr. Clarissa Yvonne J. Domingo, Associate Professor; and Dr. Fredelon B. Sison, Instructor.
The training generally aimed to enhance the expertise of current or future research leaders in bridging the research-policy divide with a better understanding and application of integrative methods and thus allowing them to better support policy makers in the country in adopting evidence-based approaches to policy making. The training focused on enhancing the value of integrative approaches to problems and issues at their interface or One Health. The participants were those working in transdisciplinary areas of human, animal and environmental health. There were a total of 18 participants in the training.
In 2012, the SAFETYNET and the CLSU College of Veterinary Science and Medicine has jointly conducted the same advanced training to research leaders working in animal health. Eight (8) Veterinarians from Regions I-IV participated in the training which was held in PCC, CLSU, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija and San Juan, Batangas, on June 2012 and December 2012, respectively.
Dr. Romeo S. Gundran also served as a main lecturer-facilitator in another international training-workshop, which was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in cooperation with Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development and Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, and held from July 7-11, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The workshop, entitled “Unravelling Surveillance Data: Workshop on Surveillance Data Analysis,” was participated in by veterinary epidemiologists from Southeast and South Asian countries with direct involvement and past experiences in surveillance of animal diseases. The objectives of the workshop were to strengthen participants’ skills to understand, explain, and apply epidemiological and basic statistical methods for analysis of data derived from surveillance activities, and to interpret results from epidemiological and basic statistical analysis of surveillance data to assist in disease prevention and control planning. There were 10 participants: four from Thailand and one each from Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Lao.