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Day 2 5/08/16

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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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