Opening Ceremony

    The Society for AIDS in Africa, organizers of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) and its partners, the World Health Organization, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Ministry of Health Ghana and the Netherland Embassy, organized the 3rd SAA Symposium 2016. The Symposium was held in Accra, Ghana, from the 4th – 5th August, 2016 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. The theme for the Symposium: “Africa’s preparedness for emerging viral infections: Lessons from HIV/EBOLA and the outlook for Zika & Lassa.” This symposium was the first of its kind across the continent of Africa. The Symposium brought together various experts including public health specialists, researchers, epidemiologists, medical practitioners, policy makers and civil society to share experiences, latest information and impact on the global agenda to pre-empt the spread of emerging viral diseases on the continent.

    Since its inception SAA opted for the Symposium planning Committee to steer the affairs of the symposium. The Planning Committee was made up of representatives of the World Health Organization, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, The United Nations Population Fund, The United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, University of Ghana, Legon, University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, University of Allied Health Sciences, Ho, University of Cape coast, the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research In Tropical Medicine, Ghana Health Service, The Netherlands Embassy and USAID. The coordination was done by the Society for AIDs in Africa Permanent Secretariat, Accra-Ghana.
    The Scientific Planning Committee under the leadership of Prof. William Ampofo from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Prof. Seni Kouanda, the Secretary General of the Society for AIDS in Africa, were given the mandate to chair the scientific program of the symposium. The Committee developed the theme, goal and the objectives of the symposium. They also reviewed all abstract submissions of which the best were selected for oral presentations.

    The symposium thus seeks to analyse current scientific and epidemiological evidence in humans, animals and the environment under the ‘One Health’ concept. The Symposium enabled critical discussions on resource mobilization and systems strengthening for an effective epidemic response.  The deliberations on improved strategies for prevention and socio cultural communication for impact mitigation in affected urban and rural communities.  Sessions on advocacy, policy, research, monitoring and evaluation promoted suitable models best informed by current evidence and recent lessons learned. More than 250 participants attended the symposium and the SAA recruited 29 volunteers to help in the organization of the symposium. The Symposium would not have been a success without the commitment of WHO, The Netherlands Embassy, The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ministry of Health Ghana, CDC, Mylan, JICA, UNFPA,UNAIDS and the participants coming from Africa and over the world which we will like to acknowledge in this report.

     


Day 1 4/08/16

Presentation Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel
Presentation:

    Speaker: MISS. VICTORIA KATAWERA

    victoriaBiography: Victoria Katawera is a medical microbiologist, currently working with World Health Organization (WHO) – Liberia, as a Laboratory technical consultant, supporting laboratory diagnostics and health system strengthening. She is also serving on the committee for Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP) – Uganda.

    Previously, she worked with MSF-F Epicentre Mbarara Research Base – Uganda, where she participated in several research projects focusing on infectious diseases.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, a Master of Science in Medical Microbiology and a post-graduate certificate in Global Health and Infectious Diseases.

    She has published in peer reviewed journals and presented at conferences, meetings and symposiums.

    Enhancing laboratory capacity during Ebola Virus Disease heightened surveillance in Liberia: Lessons learnt and Recommendations

     

    Speaker: PROF.ZEKIBA TARNAGDA

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    Zoonoses, emerging and reemerging infectious & vector borne diseases

     

    Speaker: DR.AUGUSTINA SYLVERKEN

    AugustinaBiography: Dr.Augustina Angelina Sylverken (PhD) holds a PhD in Clinical Microbiology from the Department of Clinical Microbiology, KNUST-Kumasi. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at KCCR where she is involved in a project focused on using wildlife, human interaction and livestock to study the transmission interface of several viruses with a focus on Coronaviruses. Dr. Sylverken is interested in the characterization of novel viruses especially those of zoonotic origin.


    Zoonoses, emerging and reemerging infectious & vector borne diseases

     

    Speaker: DR. ALI YAHAYA

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    Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
    Strengthening International Health Regulations through Joint External Evaluation

     

    Speaker: DR. MARIA DE LOURDES MONTEIRO

    mariaBiography: Dr. Maria de Lourdes Monteiro is a medical doctor having specialized in sanitary Hygiene, epidemiology and qualified as a physician-hygienist, epidemiologist from the St. Petersburg Medical Institute of Hygiene and Sanitation. She had her post graduate degree in International Epidemiology courses in French, Paris, France.  She also had refresher courses in Health Information Systems in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Between 2014/2015 Dr. Maria Monteiro was a member of the National Commission for the Preparation and Response to Ebola Outbreak in Cape Verde

     

    Zika Epidemic In Cape Verde, 2015-2016

     

    Speaker: DR. OLUSHAYO OLU

    oluBiography: Dr. Olu is a public health physician who specialized in control of infectious diseases. He has over 25 years work experience with several organizations in Africa and Asia including the Ministry of Health of Nigeria, Medecin San Frontieres (MSF) and the World Health Organization. His work and research interests are in public health disaster risk management, global health and infectious diseases epidemiology. He led WHO’s disaster management programme for eastern and southern Africa from 2009 to 2015 and was also national technical coordinator of WHO’s Ebola response programme in Sierra Leone. He is currently the WHO Representative to Rwanda

    1)Contact Tracing during an Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Western Area Districts Of Sierra Leone: Lessons For Future Ebola Outbreak Response
    2) Positioning Africa for Effective Preparedness & Response To Emerging Viral Diseases

     

    Speaker: DR. ROLAND SULUKU

    SULUKUBiography: Roland Suluku, A PhD candidate, specializing in infectious diseases has in the past two decade been engaged in assisting rural communities in treating and vaccinating domestic animals, educating them on good animal husbandry practices, environmental management, sanitation practices, disease control and prevention. He is a champion for awareness raising on rabies since the declaration of the World Rabies Day in 2007 and this campaign led Ministry of Health and Sanitation is officially accepted as a priority disease in Sierra Leone in 2014. His awareness campaign on rabies led to the establishment of Animal Health Clubs in rural communities of Sierra Leone using One Health Concept. Before becoming a Lecturer, Mr. Suluku was engaged in animal restocking during the eleven years of civil conflict, which enabled him to know many parts of the country, the people, animals reared and the challenges and constrain. In 2015 Mr. Suluku established 30 Animal Health Clubs (AHC) in the Eastern, Southern and Northern Provinces and set up local disease monitoring and surveillance teams in these communities. Currently, through the AHC 14 women groups are supported and engaged in vegetable production in villages around the University as a One Health Concept. Mr. Suluku is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Animal Science and Coordinator of World Rabies Day, Animal Health Club and Animal Science Serology and MolecularLabora

    The Impact Of Animal Health Clubs

     

     

    Speaker: DR.JOHN OJO

    ojoBiography: Dr. John Ojo, a Public Health Physician, is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Physicians, Nigeria (2004) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in computer science (distinction) from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. John is a seasoned monitoring and evaluation (M&E) expert with over ten years’ experience in M&E of development programs in West Africa. He specializes in web-based and mobile platform routine data collection systems using District Health Information Software (DHIS2).

    He is the Focal Point for WHO Strategic Partnership Portal, Ghana, a tool for partner coordination & resource mobilization for health emergency preparedness and response.

     

    STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PORTAL: Building Stronger Health Systems for Sustainable Health Security

     

    Speaker: MR.TANGUY BOGNON

    tanguyBiography: Mr Tanguy BOGNON is Public Health specialist at Military Teaching Hospital(MTH), Cotonou – Benin. He was graduated to multidisciplinary nurse diploma in 2007, Bachelor science in Public Health, various diplomas and got certificate in HIV global care, epidemiology, Biostatistics, health system assessment at the Canadian Agency of Public Health. As clinician since 2007 in care to children and particularly those exposed or infected by HIV, he developed an extensive clinical experience and task shifting. As Head of the research and training department and scientific meeting at (MTH), he is author of various abstracts presented at several conferences: ICASA 2008-2015, IAS 2009, AFRAVIH 2010-2012-2014 and workshops of “Réseau EVA”. He contributed to the rapporteur training session and served as Assistant Chair Rapporteur at ICASA 2015

    Sustaining preventive measures in order to control emergent viral infection in healthcare facilities, are we so alert preempt future outbreaks? Lessons learnt from Lassa/Ebola Outbreak in Benin

     

    Speaker: PROF. BASHIRU KOROMA
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    Professor Bashiru Mohamed Koroma is currently the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Njala University.  Additionally, he has served both as Dean, School of Community Health Sciences and Head of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (2013-2015), Dean, School of Environmental Sciences (2011-2013) and Director of the Institute of Environmental Management and Quality Control (IEMQC), School of Environmental Sciences, Njala University (2007-2011).  He was also appointed Head of Chemistry Department in the School of Environmental Sciences (2005-2011). Professor Koroma received his PhD in Environmental Sciences (with Agro-Environmental Chemistry option) from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, P.R. China in 1998 and his M.Sc. in Agro-Environmental Protection in 1995 in the same University.  He has extensive experience working in international organizations including United Nation Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Nagoya, Japan in the areas of international development, food security, health Security. Professor Koroma is a very strong resource person for partnership building with institutions and organizations that are beneficial to both staff and students of Njala University. He is currently Coordinator of a project involving a consortium of institutions including Njala University (Sierra Leone), Sonfonia University (Guinea), Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (Ghana), the Wageningen University, University of Amsterdam and the Royal Tropical Institute (the Netherlands) entitled “Preparedness against Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases in Sierra Leone and Guinea”, otherwise known as the Post Ebola Resilience Project. He has 67 Publications:  2 books; 4 book chapters; 22 journal articles; 27 published conference proceedings; 12 consultancy reports.  Professor Koroma has lived, worked and conducted research in P.R. China, Japan, USA, Cambodia, The Philippines, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

    One Health – A New Paradigm In Fighting Infectious Diseases

     

    Speaker: PROF. PYLLIS ADDO

    IMG_0508Biography: Prof.Phyllis Adokarley Addo is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Experimentation, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. Prof. Addo holds a Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (Romania), a certificate in Laboratory Animal Science (Japan) and a PhD in Zoology (Ghana).

    Phyllis Addo’s research interests include development of animal models for the study of human diseases (transmission, pathogenesis and therapy); preclinical research of drug development, and One Health research and training. Prof. Phyllis Addo also teaches physiology and microbiology at the University of Ghana School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Prof. Addo is a lead facilitator on One Health for the post-EBOLA West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative (WADPI); a collaboration between the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the National Disaster Management Organization of Ghana (NADMO) and ECOWAS. The Initiative is sponsored by USAFRICOM under the Operation United Assistance Transition Disaster Preparedness Project and aimed at enhancing the capacity and capability of 17 African Partner Nations in health and non-health disaster preparedness.

    ENHANCING   COMMUNITY  OF PRACTICE IN ONE HEALTH FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES

     

    Speaker: PROF. WILLIAM AMPOFO

    prof-ampofoBiography: Prof William Kwabena Ampofo is Head of the Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. His research interests are mainly on viral infections and he serves on various academic and national committees  covering  HIV and public health emergencies such as influenza and ebola.

    Prof Ampofo has done temporary assignments  throughout Africa with the World Health Organization (WHO), Commonwealth Secretariat Health, US Department of Defense, German International Development Agency and the US Agency for International Development. He has served  on various WHO international committees and advisory groups.   He is currently the Ambassador to Ghana for the African Society of Laboratory Medicine.

    Prof Ampofo is also the President of the Ghana Cricket Association and thus has a very keen interest in sports in youth development. He is also an active member of the OAA 1976 year group.

    Laboratory  Systems Strengthening in West Africa

     

    Speaker: PROF.GUY APOLLINAIRE MENSAH

    guyBiography: As an animal scientist and a wildlife management specialist, I have long-term experience in grasscutter (Thryonomys swindrianus) breeding and its extinction in many countries of West and Central Africa. I am Research Director and Senior Lecturer at the University of Abomey-Calavi, the University of Parakou, the University of Agriculture and the National Institute Agricultural Researchof Benin. Actually in Benin I am in charge of unconventional animal livestock program, and the Coordinator of the Project “Insects as Feed in West Africa”. From 1964 to 1983 I raised domestic cavies before starting in 1983 grasscutter breeding with Research-Development approach.

    Zoonoses, emerging and reemerging infectious & vector borne diseases

     

    Speaker: DR. PIERRE MPELE
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    Dr M’PELE is an African AIDS activist and pioneer, SAA founder, HIV/AIDS researcher and programme manager, he described and notified the first HIV/ AIDS case in Brazzaville, Congo in 1984. He headed the National AIDS Con¬trol Programme from 1987 to 1998 as a Director and coordinated the Na¬tional Scientific and prevention HIV/AIDS Committee from 1985 to 1998 as Executive Secretary.

    Dr. M’PELE was simultaneously Director of the National Laboratory of Public Health, Cité Louis Pasteur where he led the National HIV/AIDS research Pro¬gramme, Medical Chief of the first HIV/AIDS Treatment Center at the Teach¬ing Medical Hospital of Brazzaville and Advisor in charge Health including HIV/AIDS, Social Protec¬tion and Science to the Presidency of the Republic of Congo.

    In 1995, Dr. M’PELE was elected President of the African Society against AIDS during the ICASA held in Kampala until 2005.

    Member of President of South Africa Thabo MBEKI Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel (2000)

    From 2000 to 2004, Dr. M’PELE led the UNAIDS Inter-country Technical Support Team for West and Central Africa (25 countries) based in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), and UNAIDS Country Director for Nige¬ria from 2004 to 2007 where he contributed to boost the Federal and States HIV/AIDS Programme with Dr Babatunde Osotimehim Chairman of the Nigeria National Action Committee on AIDS and current UNFPA Executive Director.

    From April 2007, Dr. M’Pelé served as WHO Representative in Equatorial Guinea , Togo, Ethiopia and currently in Benin Republic.

    Dr M’PELE is the author and co-author of numerous books and published more than 100 scholarly and scientific articles on HIV/AIDS. He led significant research on HIV/AIDS to contribute to better understanding of the epidemic and the disease in Africa such as Sexual transmission of Kaposi sarco¬ma, HIV and Herpes zoster co-infection, HIV and TB co-infection, Mother to child HIV transmission, innovative strategies on prevention, etc.…

    The New York Times in September 1988 about HIV/AIDS, quoted Dr M’Pelé: ‘ If there is no vaccine, it will be like a war for us ‘ as a – quote of the day-

    Dr. M’PELE has received several scientific awards such as the 1988 Noury Lemarrié Award from the French Society of Exotic Pathology “the best young researcher of the year”. He is also Commander of the French Legion of honor (1996).

    Dr M’Pelé has been honored: Knight of the Senegalese National Order of the Lion (1998) and Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso (2000) in recognition of his leadership as SAA President.

    Public Health Medal of Honor of the Republic of Congo and Knight of the Congolese merit (1989) for his national contribution to HIV/AIDS Response.

    Health development Hero of Ethiopia (2015).

    End of HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Africa. Myth or Reality?

     

     

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Day 2 5/08/16

Presentation Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel
Presentation:

    Speaker: DR. CHARLES OKOT

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    Response to the Yellow Fever outbreak in WHO Afro Region: What has been done?

     

    Speaker: PROF. WILLIAM AMPOFO

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    Biography: Prof William Kwabena Ampofo is Head of the Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. His research interests are mainly on viral infections and he serves on various academic and national committees  covering  HIV and public health emergencies such as influenza and ebola.

    Prof Ampofo has done temporary assignments  throughout Africa with the World Health Organization (WHO), Commonwealth Secretariat Health, US Department of Defense, German International Development Agency and the US Agency for International Development. He has served  on various WHO international committees and advisory groups.   He is currently the Ambassador to Ghana for the African Society of Laboratory Medicine.

    Prof Ampofo is also the President of the Ghana Cricket Association and thus has a very keen interest in sports in youth development. He is also an active member of the OAA 1976 year group.

    Experience of NMIMR-JICA 

     

    Speaker: DR. KOFI BONNEY

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    Position: Research Fellow at the Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).Completed PhD in Medical Microbiology in 2013 with a sandwich programme between University of Ghana and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, on Viral Haemorrhagic fevers in Ghana Research Interest is Molecular and serological investigations of emerging and dangerous pathogens, infectious diseases and respiratory tract infections of viral origin. Attended and presented papers at several scientific meetings and authored close to 20 peer reviewed articles in recognised journals and a book chapter


    Research on Arboviruses as Emerging Health Threats

     

    Speaker: DR. KOHOSSI LEON

    kohossiBiography: Carte d’identité du Dr Léon G. KOHOSSI

    Né le 14 février 1955 à Porto-Novo au Bénin

    Etude médicale à la Faculté des Sciences de la santé à Cotonou de 1975 à 1984

    Les Postes occupés au niveau national

    . Chef service technique d’intervention dans le Zou de 1985 à 1990 (vaccination et grandes endémies : lèpre,  tuberculose, Onchocercose, dracunculose etc ..) au niveau régional

    . Médecin chef de District urbain de Djougou de 1990 à 1991 (centre de santé périphérique)

    Formations supplémentaires spécialisées

    . Formation pour obtention d’une maîtrise en biostatistiques et informatique médicales : 1991-1992 à l’Université de Bordeaux II en France

    . Formation pour l’obtention d’un Diplôme d’Etude Approfondie (DEA) en Epidémiologie et Intervention en Santé Publique 1993-1994 à l’Université de Bordeaux II en France.


    Response to Emerging diseases in Benin:Lassa fever

     

    Speaker: MISS.WEDE WILSON

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    Epidemic response & prevention, socio cultural communication, control & impact mitigation: Post Ebola Syndrome

     

    Speaker:MR. BERNARD SEYTRE
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    Epidemic response & prevention, socio cultural communication, control & impact mitigation: Post Ebola Syndrome

     

    Speaker: DR. AUGUSTINA SYLVERKEN

    AugustinaBiography: Dr.Augustina Angelina Sylverken (PhD) holds a PhD in Clinical Microbiology from the Department of Clinical Microbiology, KNUST-Kumasi. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at KCCR where she is involved in a project focused on using wildlife, human interaction and livestock to study the transmission interface of several viruses with a focus on Coronaviruses. Dr. Sylverken is interested in the characterization of novel viruses especially those of zoonotic origin.

     

    Health Care Worker preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease

     

    Speaker: DR.SAMUEL DADZIE

    samuelBIO: I am a Research Fellow and a Medical Entomologist at the Parasitology Department of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research. I hold a PhD in Vector Biology from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. I have extensive experience in medical entomology in both field and laboratory techniques. My research interest focuses on vector biology with emphasis on the application of modern methods to address the burden of vector-borne diseases. I am a member of several committees in Ghana including the Malaria Vector Control Oversight Committee of the Ghana National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Research Advisory Group of the NMCP, Intra-country Advisory Committee on Neglected Tropical Diseases, Technical Advisory Committee of Zoomlion Nationwide Mosquito Control Programme. I am the Focal person for African Network of Vector Resistance (ANVR/WHO/AFRO) in Ghana and currently developed and coordinates the National Insecticide Resistance Monitoring Partnership in Ghana. I am also a member of American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

    ENTOMOLOGICAL SURVEILANCE OF ARBOVIRUSES IN GHANA

     

    Speaker: MR. NICHOLAS BLIDI

    nicholas1Biography: Mr. Nicholas N.C. Blidi is a prospective graduate of the University of Ghana where he pursues a Master of Philosophy Degree in Applied Epidemiology and Disease Control. He began his primary education at the College of West Africa (CWA), one of the oldest secondary school in the country and alma mater of the current President and Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, in 1999 and completed in2002. Mr. Blidi matriculated to the United Methodist University (UMU) where he pursued double bachelor’s degrees in Professional Nursing and Public Administration (2002 – 2011).

    Mr Blidi worked for the Ministry of Healt , specifically with the Disease Prevention and Control Unit (DPC), Emergency Operation Center (EOC), Republic of Liberia. During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Mr Blidi worked as case investigator and zonal coordinator where he worked with several partners including MSF France, UNICEF and WHO respectively.

    Determinants Of EVD Infection Among Health Care Workers In Montserrado County, Liberia

     

    Speaker: DR. OLUSHAYO OLU

    OLUSHAYOBiography: Dr. Olu is a public health physician who specialized in control of infectious diseases. He has over 25 years work experience with several organizations in Africa and Asia including the Ministry of Health of Nigeria, Medecin San Frontieres (MSF) and the World Health Organization. His work and research interests are in public health disaster risk management, global health and infectious diseases epidemiology. He led WHO’s disaster management programme for eastern and southern Africa from 2009 to 2015 and was also national technical coordinator of WHO’s Ebola response programme in Sierra Leone. He is currently the WHO Representative to Rwanda

    The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak In West Africa: a wake up call to revitalize implementation of the International Health Regulations

     

    Speaker: DR.YAW BADU SARKODIE

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    Ghana’s Response to Ebola in preparedness for Emerging Infections

     

    Speaker: DR.ABDOUL HABIB BEAVOGUI
    Key Challenges for Research during utbreak Research Preparedness: A pragmatic approach in Outbreak preparedness and response

     

    Speaker: PROF.  ELLIS OWUSU-DABO

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    As an international scientist, Public Health Consultant, and Lecturer, Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo’s expertise is mainly in populaiton genomics of type II diabeets and Tuberculosis in low-income settings. Over the last decade, he has gained extensive experience in teaching and research at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Prof Owusu-Dabo, has successfully secured funding and led research into genetic and immunologic factors of pulmonary tuberculosis and type II diabetes in several collaborative research.

    He is currently the Scientific Director of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research and Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi.

    Treatment, Gaps & Options

     

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SAA Meritorious Award

The SAA AWARD 2016 Ceremony took place on the 3rd August, 2016, at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. The Event was earmarked to award various personalities that played major roles in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa in the last decade.

Among the Recipients of the SAA Meritorious Award included;

  • Professor Souleymane Mboup (Senegal),
  • Dr. Pierre Mpele (Congo Brazzaville),
  • Professor James Gita Hakim (Zimbabwe)
  • Dr. Angela El-Adas (Ghana)

 

Dr. Pierre Mpele being presented his SAA Meritorious Award by Hon. Mr. Alex Segbefia (Health Minister Ghana)

Dr. Pierre Mpele being presented his SAA Meritorious Award by Hon. Mr. Alex Segbefia (Health Minister Ghana)

Dr. Angela El- Adas being presented her SAA Meritorious Award by Hon. Dr. Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa (Health Minister Zimbabwe)

Dr. Angela El- Adas being presented her SAA Meritorious Award by Hon. Dr. Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa (Health Minister Zimbabwe)

 

 


Dr PIERRE M’PELE

pierreDr M’PELE is an African AIDS activist and pioneer, SAA founder, HIV/AIDS researcher and programme manager, he described and notified the first HIV/AIDS case in Brazzaville, Congo in 1984. He headed the National AIDS Control Programme from 1987 to 1998 as a Director and coordinated the National Scientific and prevention HIV/AIDS Committee from 1985 to 1998 as Executive Secretary.

Dr. M’PELE was simultaneously Director of the National Laboratory of Public Health, Cité Louis Pasteur where he led the National HIV/AIDS research Programme, Medical Chief of the first HIV/AIDS Treatment Center at the Teaching Medical Hospital of Brazzaville and Advisor in charge Health including HIV/AIDS, Social Protection and Science to the Presidency of the Republic of Congo.

In 1995, Dr. M’PELE was elected President of the African Society against AIDS during the ICASA held in Kampala until 2005.

Member of President of South Africa Thabo MBEKI Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel (2000) From 2000 to 2004, Dr. M’PELE led the UNAIDS Inter-country Technical Support Team for West and Central Africa (25 countries) based in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), and UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria from 2004 to 2007 where he contributed to boost the Federal and States HIV/AIDS Programme with Dr Babatunde Osotimehim Chairman of the Nigeria National Action Committee on AIDS and current UNFPA Executive Director.

From April 2007, Dr. M’Pelé served as WHO Representative in Equatorial Guinea , Togo, Ethiopia and currently in Benin Republic.

Dr. M’PELE is the author and co-author of numerous books and published more than 100 scholarly and scientific articles on HIV/AIDS. He led significant research on HIV/AIDS to contribute to better understanding of the epidemic and the disease in Africa such as Sexual transmission of Kaposi sarcoma, HIV and Herpes zoster co-infection, HIV and TB co-infection, Mother to child HIV transmission, innovative strategies on prevention, etc….

The New York Times in September 1988 about HIV/AIDS, quoted Dr M’Pelé: ‘ If there is no vaccine, it will be like a war for us ‘ as a – quote of the day Dr. M’PELE has received several scientific awards such as the 1988 Noury Lemarrié Award from the French Society of Exotic Pathology “the best young researcher of the year”. He is also Commander of the French Legion of honor (1996).

Dr M’Pelé has been honored: Knight of the Senegalese National Order of the Lion (1998) and Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso (2000) in recognition of his leadership as SAA President. Public Health Medal of Honor of the Republic of Congo and Knight of the Congolese merit (1989) for his national contribution to HIV/AIDS Response. Health development Hero of Ethiopia (2015)

 


PROF. JAMES GITA HAKIM

jameJames Gita Hakim MBChB, MMed, MMedSci, FRCP(UK), DSc(HC) PGDipHPE

James  G.  Hakim  is  Professor  of  Medicine;  formerly  Chair  of  Medicine  at  the  University  of  Zimbabwe  College  of  Health  Sciences.  He  is  Director  of  the  UZ  Clinical Research Centre and a Co-PI in the UZ-UCSF Collaborative  Research  Program.  Hakim  is  the  Principal  Investigator  of  the  UZ  Medical  Education  Partnership  Initiative-NECTAR  (Programmatic,  Cardiovascular and Mental Health awards). He is PI of a recent NIH/Fogarty award (PERFECT), an initiative for advanced research training of junior academic staff.

James Hakim trained at Makerere University, Uganda (MBChB), University of Nairobi, Kenya (MMed-internal medicine), UK (MRCP-UK); University of New castle, Australia (MMedSci-Clinical Epidemiology) University of Cape Town (Health Professions Education). He did post-doc in Cardiology at Aachen, Germany. He is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh. In 2016 he was awarded a Doctor of Science Degree in Medicine (HC) by University College London.

He has diverse research interests including HIV/AIDS, Opportunistic Infections and Cardiovascular Diseases. He has been involved in seminal HIV research through funding and collaboration with MRC-CTU (UK), UK aid, NIH (USA), EDCTP (Europe), etc. He has authored/co-authored more than 150 articles, book chapters and scientific communications.  He is a member of several national and international organizations encompassing regulatory, advisory, programmatic and scientific portfolios.

 


PROF. SOULEYMANE MBOUP

mboupProfessor Souleymane Mboup born in 1951 in Dakar Senegal is an internationally renowned scientist. Co-discovered HIV-2  virus;  has  conducted  extensive  AIDS  research  with Senegalese prosititutes since 1980s;

Making a significant contribution to the fight against AIDS, Soulemayne Mboup has greatly expanded scientific knowledge of the disease in Africa and has collaborated with top AIDS researchers in the United States. He is credited as one of the discoverers of the HIV-2 virus, and has done extensive work in developing epidemiological studies of AIDS.

Professor Souleymane Mboup received a Pharm D degree at the University of Dakar in Senegal in 1976, an Immunology MS degree at Pasteur Institute in France in 1981 and a PHD in Bacteriology Virology in 1983 in TOURS (France). Professor Mboup is distinguished for his important contributions to the analysis and control of HIV/AIDS in West Africa, particularly Senegal. He was instrumental in the initial identification of HIV-2 and also contributed to the finding that this virus is less virulent and less transmissible than HIV-1. He maintains active research collaboration with several academicians in France, the US and the UK. Several of his trainees now hold influential positions at international agencies such as the WHO. He was thus a natural choice as a member of the Partnership Board on the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP).

He has a growing contribution in malaria and tuberculosis which like HIV/AIDS, are major public health problems that are exceedingly difficult to control. He has undertaken very elegant molecular studies of genetics and transcriptomics of the malaria parasite that contribute to the choice of drugs for control of malaria. He has recently undertaken  state  of  the  art  immuno-monitoring  of  the  prevalence  and  incidence  of  tuberculosis  infection  and  disease  in  Dakar  using  improved  ELISPOT-based  assays for the diagnosis of tuberculosis infection and also provides baseline data for the assessment of new TB vaccines. Professor MBOUP has authored or co-authored 250 publications and 20 books.

 


ANGELA EL- ADAS

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Director General

Dr. Angela El-Adas has been the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) since July 2009.

As Director General of the GAC, she has led, among others,  the  development  of  national  strategic  documents including  the  National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS (NSP) 2011-2015 and 2016-2020; a National Strategy and Standard Operation Procedures  for  Key  Populations;  as  well  as  the  revision  of  the  Ghana  HIV  &  AIDS/STI  Policy, which currently guide Ghana’s response to HIV and AIDS. She is responsible for coordinating the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the country’s HIV programme, guiding advocacy, as well as the generation of strategic information and financing.

Dr. El-Adas holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ghana Medical School and a Masters of Public Health degree with a certificate in Women’s and Reproductive Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is trained for strategic leadership in population and reproductive health programmes and has worked as an independent consultant to the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University and a Senior Research Technologist at the Pennsylvania State University.

She combined a multidisciplinary clinical practice with research, while championing the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and other vulnerable populations at the Regional Institute of Population Studies, University of Ghana.

Dr. El-Adas is driven by a personal commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of all infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Sheis committed to ensuring that access to comprehensive  and  integrated  HIV  prevention,  treatment,  care and  support  is  guaranteed for every citizen; through an effective, efficient and sustainable national response, competently steered under the leadership of the Ghana AIDS Commission.

 

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