Mr. Jeffrey Goss, Associate Vice Provost for Southeast Asia from Arizona State University, welcomes participants to week 2, with a focus on Design Thinking.
Participants get ready for a sensory and ethnographic data-gathering activity through Vientiane's downtown to interview different groups of people. The purpose of this activity was to collect information from the general public on their base knowledge of vector-borne diseases.
A team from Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos work on an activity on ideation and prototyping.
Young scientists from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos teamed up to develop an Intervention Optimization Tool. This data-based decision making tool will provide recommendations to public health officials on the best strategies to reduce mosquito populations, while minimizing organizational expenses, costs to society, and dangerous exposure to communities, to save lives through diminished outbreak threats.
Dr. Tiengkham Pongvongsa, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director of Savannakhet Provincial Health Office led a discussion on the current dengue outbreak situation in Savannakhet and researchers from the University of Health Sciences presented the DENCLIM Project, which studies the relationship between climate change and dengue outbreaks.
Taking a break after a very hot day conducting fever surveys and mosquito and larvae collection at Tonhen Village.
Video by LMI Young Scientist, Daraden Vang from Cambodia
Video by Daraden Vang, LMI Young Scientist from Cambodia
Week Three: 21st Century Skills Workshop
Week three was spent on building 21st century professional skills, such as: running effective meetings, interpersonal communications, team optimization, presentation skills, critical thinking and conflict resolution.
This week also included a presentation at the American Center by Vannida Douangboupha, one of the Lao participants, who gave a Ted Talk-style presentation on Dengue and useful techniques to control mosquito populations at the household level.
This week also included a field trip to the Mahosot Hospital to visit the microbiology and virology labs to learn about laboratory methods to identify dengue and other infectious diseases through techniques such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
The week ended with a 2-day cultural tour to Vang Vieng where the participants had fun hiking, exploring caves, zip-lining and kayaking.