Topic: Epidemic preparedness beyond Covid-19 – What can be learned from countries with limited resources?
The workshop will discuss several successful partnership-based projects from OECD DAC-listed countries that demonstrate how epidemic outbreaks can be detected and prevented at an early stage. The participants will explore the question of what countries like Germany in the Global North can learn from successful epidemic preparedness and response projects in the Global South.
The focus will be on strengthening health systems through support and improvement of routine surveillance systems and continuous planning, revision, and implementation of detection, preparedness, and response plans. The discussion is less about current strategies to combat COVID-19 than on numerous other known infectious diseases which can trigger epidemics – for instance meningitis, ebola, plague, cholera or malaria.
Participants will include Dr. Tochi Ochwor, Institute of Public Health, University of Nigeria, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention and Control Programme Coordinator at Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Michael Katende, Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin/ EAC East African Community Secretariat, Tanzania, Johannes Schildknecht, Program Manager Africa, Malteser International and Dr. Joost Butenop, Senior Public Health Physician, Refugee Health Advisor ("Health Cluster Coordinator"), Regional Government Lower Frankonia.
Date: Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 11.00-12.30 a.m. (Berlin time)
Where: Berlin & digital
The workshop will be live streamed, registration is not required.
Digital Session: https://worldhealthsummit.zoom.us/j/89330352727
Meeting ID: 893 3035 2727
Queries: Dr. Judith von Heusinger, firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 (0)6172 8975-17
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Meet Dr. Tochi Okwor, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
In her current role as the national Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention and Control Programme Coordinator at Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Okwor leads Nigeria’s efforts to build a sustainable capacity to prevent, detect and respond to healthcare associated infections including those caused by drug resistant organisms. She is the IPC pillar lead of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response and Co-chairs the IPC TWG of Africa Task Force for Novel Coronavirus (AFCOR)”.