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Speaker: MISS. VICTORIA KATAWERA
Biography: 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
Zoonoses, emerging and reemerging infectious & vector borne diseases
Speaker: DR.AUGUSTINA SYLVERKEN
Biography: 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
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
Strengthening International Health Regulations through Joint External Evaluation
Speaker: DR. MARIA DE LOURDES MONTEIRO
Biography: 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
Biography: 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
Biography: 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
Biography: 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
Biography: 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
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
Biography: 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
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.
Laboratory Systems Strengthening in West Africa
Speaker: PROF.GUY APOLLINAIRE MENSAH
Biography: 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
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?