A total of 28 delegates comprising teaching staff, academic staff, and students from FK-KMK UGM attended the 22nd Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting (JITMM) 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The international conference was held in Amari Watergate Hotel Bangkok from 12 to 14 December 2018. This year’s JITMM was successfully organized by the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University (FTM MU) Thailand, with collaborations with SEAMEO TROPMED Network, TROPMED Alumni Association, The Parasitology and Tropical Medicine Association of Thailand, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), and the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health Thailand.
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Site visit to Balai Besar Pengamatan dan Pengendalian Vektor dan Reservoir Penyakit (B2P2VRP), Salatiga is part of UGM collaboration with local institution as part of class: Zoonosis Vector Control Course. Students visited the B2P2VRP Salatiga were divided into 2 periods (on Oct 25 – 26 , 2016 for batch 1 and on June 1-2, 2017 for batch 2).
During this 2 day visit, students had great opportunities to learn vectors in a short Microscopic training, learn how to collect mosquito larvae in paddy field and how to collect adult mosquito at night time. The experiences, knowledge and skills gained from this course are expected to be beneficial for their future work particularly when they returned in their home country.
As part of Infection Control Subjects, students visited Sardjito Hospital (Infectious Diseases division) to give understanding the Infectious Control system in the hospital and its challenges. First batch of students visited on April 12, 2016 and second batch was on September 23, 2016.
As part of Environmental Health Subject, students visited Madukismo Sugar Factory and EcoHealth Village on November 11, 2016.
WHO-TDR Scholars Enjoying Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam
In line with the course requirement, the students from WHO-TDR funded Master’s degree program in Implementation Research from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) visited Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH) at Hanoi, Vietnam from 18th to 21st of December 2016. The purpose of the visit was to exchange knowledge to better understand the principles of implementation research. Researchers at HUPH also shared their learning experiences based on the implementation researches they have carried out.
For the second time, Tilakh C Nath, one of our students, was selected to participate in the 2nd Batch of Regional Course on Implementation Research which was held in Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta on Sept 27-30 2016. This course aimed to develop IR capacity in both individuals and institutions, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, where the greatest needs for expanding IR capacity persist. The training was delivered through lectures, plenary discussion, group discussion and problem analysis which focus on a series of modules:
As Regional Training Center for Health Research in South East Asia Region supported by WHO/TDR, Center for Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine UGM has organized several courses. Tilakh C Nath, one of our students, had the opportunity to attend 2nd Batch of Regional Course on Good Clinical Practice which was held in Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta on August 17-19 2016. GCP is an international standard for designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting clinical trials that involve human subjects. During the course, he gained knowledge and skills on how to manage a good research particularly Clinical Trials such as how to develop a good Standard Operational Procedure (SOP), what are the investigator’s responsibilities, reviewing informed consent. In this course he felt fortunate had discussion with good facilitators and shared experiences with other participants from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
All of students had a great opportunity to participate in the International Symposium on Tropical Diseases which was held in Faculty of Medicine UGM on March 16-17 2016. This symposium was conducted as part of Annual Scientific Meeting which was organized regularly to celebrate the FM UGM anniversary.
This symposium aimed to provide an up-date, related to the situation of tropical diseases in Asia and Africa, especially in Indonesia. During this 2 day symposium, students learned about global strategy for NTD Control, Epidemiology and Challenge on Tropical Disease Control in Indonesia, and National Malaria Control Program. Some speakers also presented current research related to Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Kongres Nasional IAKMI XXII is an annual national conference for the Indonesian Public Health Association which held in Makasar on November 3-5, 2016. It has several workshops pre-conference to update knowledge and skills of the participants. One of them is Workshop on Implementation Research in Health Policy organized by Center for Policy and Health Management, UGM, November 2 2016.
First panel discussion talked about IR on JKN (Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional) and the second discussed on IR proposal. One of the presenters in the second panel discussion was from our first Batch student, Tyrone Reden Sy. He presented successfully his research proposal with title “Assessing the Feasilbility and Appropriateness of Community-based TB/HIV Counseling and Testing in the Philippines: an Implementation Research. An interesting fact that he revealed was a high number of TB and TB/HIV cases in Philippines. His presentation can be downloaded here.