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|Society for AIDS in Africa, Third Symposium to be held in Accra-Ghana 4th to 5th August, 2016
Press Release 12th April, 2016 EMBARGO: None (for immediate release)
|This African Regional symposium is intended to enhance awareness, attention and commitment to preempt the spread of emerging viral infections in Africa such as Lassa, Zika and Ebola. In the context where the health system seems very weak in the continent, Africa’s vulnerability is higher and needs to develop an early warning system to prevent infection in an epidemic proportion and demonstrate commitment to owning the response. The symposium will draw together experts, policy makers, grass root organizations and various stakeholders to discuss the issues comprehensively and strategically, to foster stronger responses at both national and regional levels.
In this regard, the symposium’s Scientific Committee made up of public health experts, scientists from academia, government agencies, UN system from Ghana, Burkina and Benin met on 12 April 2016 at the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) permanent secretariat in Accra, under the co-chairmanship of Professor William Ampofo of Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and Professor Seni Kouanda, Secretary General of Society for AIDS in Africa.
The symposium has a proposed theme,”Africa’s Preparedness for Emerging Viral Infections: Lessons from HIV/Ebola and the Outlook for Zika & Lassa”. This theme was arrived at the Scientific Committee meeting after an extended deliberation to highlight the need for Africa to use the lessons learnt from HIV and Ebola prevention model to plan and control emerging viral epidemics of Zika and Lassa.
Positioning Africa for Effective Preparedness & Response to Emerging Viral Diseases
In line with this goal, the symposium will focus on issues that are significant to our response such as prevention, diagnosis, surveillance and control, treatment, and the lessons from affected countries in Latin America, Cape Verde for Zika, Sierra Leonne, Benin, Burkina and Nigeria for Lassa, Guinee and Nigeria, Liberia for Ebola.
Registration for the symposium will start first week of June 2016.
We invite the international community, and all Africans, to join hands and show their solidarity for an Africa response for the emerging viral infections.
More information is available at www.saafrica.org
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA)
The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian of ICASA was founded in 1989 at the fourth International Symposium on AIDS and Associated Cancers in Africa (now ICASA) held in Marseille, France by a group of African scientists, activists and advocates in response to this epidemic. SAA envisions and African continent free of HIV, TB and malaria and their debilitating effects on communal and societal structures, where people are socially and economically empowered to live product lives in dignity. For more information on SAA please visit www.saafrica.org.
Luc Armand Bodea
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS FOR CONSULTATIVE MEETNG TO PRE-EMPT THE SPREAD OF EMERGING VIRAL INFECTIONS IN AFRICA (ZIKA VIRUS, LASSA FEVER & EBOLA)
|LIST OF INVITED GUESTS||TITLE|
|1.Professor Seni Kouanda||Secretary General of SAA|
|2.Professor William Ampofo||Head of Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, University of Ghana|
|3.Mr. Girmay Haile||Country Director, UNAIDS|
|4.Professor Fred Binka||The Vice Chancellor, University of Allied Health Sciences, Ho|
|5. Dr. Babatunde Ahonsi||Country Representative UNFPA|
|6.Professor Yaw Adu-Sarkodie||The Dean of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology|
|7.Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo||The Director, Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology|
|8.Dr. Kwamena Sagoe||Head of Biomedical and Allied Health, University of Ghana|
|9.Dr. G. Steenbergen||Netherland Embassy|
|10.Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo||Programme Manager HV/AID, Ghana Health service|
|11. Dr. Lucien Toko||Deputy National Director of the Ministry of Public Health, Benin|
|12.Dr. Alain Azondekon||Head of Pediatric Dpt, Benin Military Teaching Hospital|
|13.Professor Francis Ofei||The Dean, School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast|
|14.Dr. Henry Nagai||Senior Advisor, UNAIDS|
|15.Mr. Kyeremeh Atuahene||Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC)|
|16.Dr.David Opare||Head of the PHRL, Ghana Health Service|
|17.Professor Mike Wilson||Entomologist, Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research|
|18.Madam Amerley A. Asamoah||Society for Women & AIDS in Africa (SWAA)|