As we all know, the wildlife trade activities bring various health risks as well as environmental damages. The risks of spill over from wildlife trade come in the form of pathogens that would lead to the threat of zoonotic diseases. In Indonesia, we are dealing with issues such as insufficient public knowledge and awareness regarding the risks and threat of wildlife trade and interaction between wildlife and humans. Thus, we feel that educating the community, starting from the early ages, is important.
With this goal in mind, we planned to raise awareness regarding wildlife protection for children by using local values and customs. Illustrated storybooks with 5 native languages were created, provided and distributed to elementary schools in Indonesia. In the process, we collaborated with native languages experts, local authors and illustration artists, wildlife veterinarians, and other relevant stakeholders. We consider our goal to be fulfilled if the copies of the books can be disseminated to schools in each One Health Collaborating Center (OHCC) area (Bali, East Java, Yogyakarta, Aceh, and Papua). Furthermore, a storytelling event was held along with the book launching event. We hope that by carefully considering the mother tongues, the book will give children a better understanding of wildlife protection and sensitise them to its importance.
Voices from the ground with Prof. Dr. dr. Ni Nyoman Sri Budayanti, Sp.MK(K) and Ni Komang Semara Yanti, S.KM.,M.PH
Wednesday, January 10th, 11:00-12:30 CEST
About the Speakers
Prof. Dr. dr. Ni Nyoman Sri Budayanti, Sp.MK(K)
Budayanti is the Head of Udayana One Health Collaborating Centre at Udayana University, Indonesia and a lecturer and clinical microbiologist in Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University and Udayana University hospital, She teaches the undergraduate and graduate students in Faculty of Medicine. In the hospital, she serves as the Head of Laboratory and as clinical microbiologist that work together with other clinician in infectious disease cases. She has joined with Indonesia One Health University Network (INDOHUN) since 2012. She has been doing much research in one health field such as rabies and influenza.
Ni Komang Semara Yanti, S.KM.,M.PH
Semara is a Program Manager at Udayana One Health Collaborating Center at Udayana University, Indonesia. She has been participating in Indonesia One Health University Network (INDOHUN) since 2018. Currently, she is in charge of managing Desa Bijak Antibiotika (SAJAKA)/ Antibiotic Wise Village Program, Udayana One Health Student Club (Udayana OHSC), and other collaboration programs under Udayana OHCC. Along with the whole Udayana OHCC team, Semara manages and organize activities to increase the community’s knowledge and awareness about several One Health issues such as antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic diseases, one health education and wildlife health and safety. Semara earned a Master Degree in Public Health from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her research interests encompass a wide range of topics, including epidemiology, biostatistics, and community development activities.
About the Alliance
The International Alliance against Health Risks in Wildlife Trade serves as an inclusive and interdisciplinary platform to discuss challenges and formulate solutions vis-á-vis human-wildlife interfaces and associated health risks and the emergence and spread of zoonotic pathogens from wildlife. The Alliance is aiming to enhance international and national awareness, knowledge, policies and action, not least by narrowing the gap between science and implementation.
We are delighted to host this event and are enthusiastic to have a broad exchange within the Alliance community. Please feel free to forward and share this invitation with interested colleagues.
Picture above: Storytelling Event in Bali. Copyright: OHCC Udayana