3RD SYMPOSIUM 2016
Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel Accra, Ghana
Date: 4-5 August, 2016. (Bilingual Conference)

Welcome Address by Symposium Scientific Committee Chairs.

Prof. William Ampofo
Head of Virology Department
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
Ghana
Chair of 3rd SAA Symposium 2016
Prof.Seni Kouanda
Secretary General
Society For AIDS in Africa
Co-chair of 3rd SAA Symposium 2016

On behalf of the scientific committee we am indeed delighted to welcome you all to this first symposium on Africa’s preparedness for any eventual epidemic diseases outbreaks, being held in Accra, Ghana


The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) is hosting this scientific gathering during the first week of August, 2015, to discuss measures to pre-empt the spread of emerging viral infections in Africa following the recent devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Such fora are in line with the need for constant vigilance as the African continent is quite vulnerable to viral epidemics with its weak health systems and socioeconomic challenges.


The ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa, the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, present the opportunity to utilize the valuable lessons learned to manage any emerging infectious diseases. Thus, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) is a formidable platform for African stakeholders to take early steps to pre-empt and also to contain the spread of these infections. The symposium is in line with SAA’s core mandate “to promote an enabling policy and research environment, to support individual and government response to epidemics in the continent”. 


The theme of the symposium is therefore AFRICA'S PREPAREDNESS FOR EMERGING VIRAL INFECTIONS: LESSONS FROM HIV/EBOLA AND THE OUTLOOK FOR ZIKA & LASSA”. 


The goal will be to position Africa for effective preparedness and response to emerging viral diseases such as Lassa fever, yellow fever and Zika. The meeting will advocate for sustained commitment to adequate resources and systems strengthening, shared responsibility and a stronger African commitment. The experts will gather to propose strategies and applicable mechanisms for epidemic prevention and control that will enhance community resilience and preparedness for epidemics. Subject matter specialists will document relevant community experiences and practices for appropriate communication towards prevention and impact mitigation. It is expected that inputs will be provided to strengthen advocacy, policy, research and monitoring & evaluation for an effective risk assessment and response.


The symposium thus seeks to analyze current scientific and epidemiological evidence in humans, animals and the environment under the ‘One Health’ concept. The meeting will enable critical discussions on resource mobilization and systems strengthening for an effective epidemic response when required.  There will be 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 will promote suitable models best informed by current evidence and recent lessons learned.


The Symposium Scientific Committee is most grateful to Health and Other International Development partners who have joined with SAA to organize this timely symposium. We look forward to an exciting and productive meeting to better position Africa for more effective preparedness and response to emerging viral diseases of public health importance.
Finally and very importantly, we on behalf of the scientific committee appreciate SAA for the excellent planning, organization and hosting of this symposium. Once again, we welcome you all and wish you exciting moments in Ghana.

KEY DATES

OPEN

CLOSE

Registration

23 May, 2016

25 July, 2016

Call for Abstract

23 May, 2016

1 July, 2016

Notice of Acceptance Abstract

5 July, 2016

REGISTRATION FEES

GHANAIAN LOCALS IN GHANA:                  GH¢ 200
INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES:                  USD 200

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SOCIETY FOR AIDS IN AFRICA-ICASA, SYMPOSIUM, ACCRA GHANA, 4-5 AUGUST 2016- LA PALM ROYAL BEACH HOTEL

Theme:
Africa's preparedness for emerging viral infections: Lessons from HIV/AIDS and EBOLA and outlook for ZIKA & LASSA

GOAL:
POSITIONING AFRICA FOR EFFECTIVE PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE TO EMERGING VIRAL DISEASES
SUB THEMES:

  • Broadening Scientific & Epidemiological Evidence in Humans, Animals & The Environment (One Health Concept)
  • Resource Mobilization & Systems Strengthening
  • Epidemic Response & Prevention, Socio Cultural Communication, Control & Impact Mitigation
  • Advocacy, Policy Review, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation

OBJECTIVES:

  • BROADENING SCIENTIFIC & EPIDEMIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE IN HUMANS, ANIMALS & THE ENVIRONMENT (ONE HEALTH CONCEPT)
  • Gathering & harnessing/assembling available Evidence
  • Generating evidence to inform preparedness
  • Creating a platform for identifying challenges
  • RESOURCE MOBILIZATION & SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING
  • Advocate for Sustained Commitment to adequate Resources and Systems Strengthening
  • To advocate for shared responsibility & African Commitment

 

  • EPIDEMIC RESPONSE & PREVENTION, SOCIO CULTURAL COMMUNICATION, CONTROL & IMPACT MITIGATION
  • To propose strategies and applicable mechanisms for prevention of outbreak.
  • To enhance community resilience and preparedness in the prevention of the epidemic.
  • To document relevant community experiences & practices for appropriate communication towards prevention and impact mitigation
  • ADVOCACY, POLICY REVIEW, RESEARCH, MONITORING & EVALUATION
  • To provide inputs for developing a framework for advocacy, policy, research & monitoring & evaluation


PROGRAM

 

Time

Activity

Responsible/Speaker/Chairperson

Day 0: 3rd August, 2016

3:00PM

  • Arrival and registration
  •  Open Ceremony

MOH Ghana: Welcome Address (10min)
SAA President: Key Note Address (10min)
MOH Cote D’Ivoire: In Country Approach (10min)

Crespo the Poet : Zika Lassa & Ebola
Drama Group: JB ART Alliance (20min)
MOH Zimbabwe : Guest Speaker

WHO Rep: Keynote Address (30 min)
SAA 2016 Award Ceremony
Welcome Cocktail

Prof. William Ampofo & Prof. Seni Kouanda

Day 1: 4th August, 2016

 

Broadening the scientific and epidemiological evidence in humans, animals and the environment (one health concept)

Session Chair: MOH Zimbabwe & Dr. Enoch Omonge

8:30-9:00

Positioning Africa for effective preparedness and response to emerging Viral Diseases

 Dr. Olushayo Olu

9:20-9:40

Zika Epidemic In Cape Verde, 2015-2016

Dr. Maria de Lourdes Monteiro (Cape Verde)

10:00-10:20

One Health Concept- Enhancing community of practice in One Health for Infectious Diseases

Prof. Phyllis Addo ( Ghana)

10:20-10:40

One Health – A New Paradigm In Fighting Infectious Diseases

Prof. Bashiru Koroma (Sierra Leone)

10:40-11:00

The Impact Of Animal Health Clubs

Dr. Roland Suluku (Sierra Leone)

11:00-11:20

Contact Tracing during an Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Western Area Districts Of Sierra Leone: Lessons For Future Ebola Outbreak Response

Dr.Olushayo Olu (WHO)

11:20-12:00

Round Table Discussion

Session Chair: Dr. Chastity L. Walker (CDC) & Prof. John Idoko (NACA)

12:00-12:20 Coffee/Tea Break

12:20-12:40

Resource mobilization and systems strengthening (WHO, AU, WAHO response to prevent and control infection diseases. Lessons learnt from Ebola)

Session Chair: Dr. Namwinga Chintu & Dr. Owen Laws Kaluwa

13:00-13:20

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

Mr. Tanguy Bognon (Abstract)

13:20-13:40

Laboratory  systems strengthening in West Africa

Prof William Ampofo

13:40-14:00

Lunch Break

 

14:00-14:20

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

Ms. Victoria Katawera (Abstract)

14:20-14:40

Strategic Partnership Portal: Building Stronger Health Systems for Sustainable Health Security

 

 Dr. John Ojo (Abstract)

14:40-15:00

Strengthening International Health Regulations through Joint External Evaluation

Dr. Ali Ahmed Yahaya  WHO

15:00-15:20

Special Session: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
Research and Development update on drugs and vaccine trials.

Dr. Ali Ahmed Yahaya WHO

15:20-16:20

Special Session: Zoonoses, emerging and re-emerging infectious & vector borne diseases

IRSS Prof. Zekiba Tarnagda
KCCR –Dr. Augustina Sylverken
FSS- Prof. Guy Apollinaire Mensah

16:20-16:40

Poster: Comprehensive Knowledge and preventive practice if HIV/AIDS among Female Sex Workers in Bahir Dar, North West Ethiopia, 2015
Poster: Honeymoon effect in preventing emerging infectious diseases: how it’s experienced in the community for Lassa fever case of in Benin
Poster: Study of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Six Communities of south Benin Republic about Lassa Fever Hemorrhagic Disease: The Cases of Toffo, Allada, zèin the Atlantic Department, and Adjarra, Avrankou, Akpro-Misserete in the Department of Ouémé.

Mr. Dessie Kassa (Abstract)

Mr. Tanguy Bognon (Abstract)

 

Mr. Patrick Charles

17:00-17:15

Coffee/Tea Break

 

17:15-17:35

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

Dr. Pierre Mpele

17:35-17:55

HIV & Selenium

Mr. Howard Armistead

 

 

Day 2: 5th August, 2016

 

 

Africa's preparedness for emerging viral infections: Lessons from HIV/AIDS and EBOLA and outlook for ZIKA, LASSA & YELLOW FEVER

Session Chair: Rep of MOH Cote D’Ivoire & Prof. Seni Kouanda

8:30-9:00

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

Dr. Charles Okot Lukoya – WHO Ghana

9:00-9:20

Response to Emerging diseases in Benin:-Lassa fever

Dr. Kohossi Leon WHO Benin

9:20-10:00

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

Ms. Wede Himiede Wilson (Abstract)
Mr. Bernard Seytre

10:00-10:20

Strategies and applicable mechanisms for prevention of outbreaks: Health Worker Preparedness for Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD’s)

Dr. Augustina Sylverken

Mr. Nicholas N. C. Blidi

10:20-10:40

Treatment, Gaps & Options

Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo

10:40-11:00

Ghana’s Response to Ebola in preparedness for Emerging Infections

Dr. Yaw Badu Sarkodie

11:00-11:20

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

Dr. Olushayo Olu (WHO)

11:00-11:30: Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session 4: Research & Monitoring and Evaluation

Session Chair: Prof Yaw Adu – Sarkodie

11:30-11:45

Experience of NMIMR - JICA

Prof. William Ampofo

11:45-12:00

Research on Arboviruses as emerging health threats

Dr. Kofi Bonney

12:00-12:20

Key Challenges for Research during Outbreaks A case of Ebola in Guinea

Dr. Abdoul Habib Beavogui

12:40-13:00

Entomological Surveillance of Arboviruses in Ghana

NMIMR SATREPS Dr. Samuel Dadzie

13:00-13:15

Poster: Strategy to assess county Ebola response capacity and future outbreaks prevention in Liberia

Poster: Uganda Military Data Management challenges for HIV care & treatment (C&T) interventions

Poster: Strategies that work at reaching the most ‘at risk’ adolescents girls and young women in Nairobi Kenya

Dr. April Baller (Abstract)


Mr. Benjamin Lutimba Mutebi(Abstract)



Ms. Betty Adera (Abstract)

13:15-14:15 - Lunch Break

14:15-15:15

Symposium Discussions &Recommendations 

Rapporteurs

15:15-16:15

Closing Ceremony

MOH Ghana MOH Zimbabwe, SAA President, WHO & Symposium Chairs

 

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