Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Massey health graduates celebrate in Mongolia

Nine new Massey graduates of a unique World Bank-funded health programme were celebrated at an event held in Mongolia last month.

The Mongolian graduates are the latest to complete the groundbreaking One Health programme that integrates veterinary and medical specialist topics in a single curriculum as a measure against pandemics.

Three completed a Master of Veterinary Medicine (Biosecurity) degree, four with a Master of Public Health (Biosecurity), and two completed Postgraduate Certificates in Science.

The programme was delivered over a year in New Zealand and Mongolia.

To be selected for the programmes, students needed to have either medical or veterinary qualifications and be working in specialist human and/or animal health roles within government agencies in one of the Asian countries that took part.

One Health programme director Associate Professor Eric Neumann says the programme addressed key strategic priorities to respond to avian influenza, brucellosis and other serious animal health diseases affecting humans.

Dr Neumann says the programme in Mongolia mirrored the success in other Asian countries. Teaching was delivered to allow the students to take advantage of a world-leading education programme while still fulfilling their roles as key operational public and animal health officials.

The delivery model included a customised mix of four months face-to-face on-site teaching in New Zealand and the remaining study conducted via closely supervised Massey online learning.

The Master of Public Health (Biosecurity) graduates are:
Dolgorkhand Adyadorj, epidemiology department chief, Mongolia National Centre for Infectious Diseases with natural foci.
Narangarav Tsegeen, epidemiologist, department of infectious diseases and surveillance research, Mongolia National Centre for Communicable Disease.
Enkhtuya Munkhbat, food safety inspector trainer, Mongolian Food Safety and Nutrition Society.
Sarantsetseg Amarsanaa, epidemiologist, Gurval Gal Hospital in Mongolia.

The Master of Veterinary Medicine (Biosecurity) graduates are:
Bayartungalag Bold, information officer, Mongolia Department of Veterinary and Animal Breeding.
Onolbaatar Bayambaa, project officer, National Emergency Management Agency, Mongolia
Amarsanaa Lkhavgasuren, Brucellosis control specialist, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Office, Mongolia

The Postgraduate Certificate in Science graduates are:
Dashzeveg Bold, veterinary virologist, State Central Veterinary Laboratory, Mongolia.
Burentugs Sayakhuu, state veterinary inspector, Mongolia.

Other members of the Massey delegation included One Health project manager Lachlan McIntyre, Professor Emeritus Roger Morris, the initiator of the One Health programme.

The celebration in Mongolia followed a celebration in Beijing earlier in March for nine Chinese graduates of the same programme.

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