MSF Scientific Days – Asia 2021: Agenda

MSF Scientific Days - Asia 2021 was held virtually on 25th and 26th August 2021 at 14:00 – 18:00 IST / 08:30 – 12:30 UTC (Both days)

25th August 2021, Wednesday

14:00 – 14:10 | Welcome

Dr Farhat Mantoo, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) India 

14:10 – 14:15 | Introduction to AMR

Dr Aula Abbara, Infectious diseases specialist, MSF UK

14:15 – 15:00 | Session 1: MDR-TB care outcomes in Mumbai and Myanmar – Joint interview session

Moderator: Dr Stobdan Kalon, Regional TB Advisor, USAID Eliminating TB in Central Asia (ETICA) Project

Dr Aparna Iyer, Project Medical Referent, MSF Mumbai, India

Dr Khin Zarli Kyi Lay, Project Medical Reference, MSF Yangon, Myanmar

15:00 – 15:25 | Session 2: Development of an all-in-one transportable clinical bacteriology laboratory: Feedback from testing the MSF Mini-Lab development project in Haiti

Dr Jean-Baptiste Ronat, Scientific & Technical Manager, MSF Mini-Lab development project, Paris, France

15:25 – 16:30 | Panel Discussion: Impact of AMR in Middle Eastern settings

Moderator: Dr Claudia Truppa, Health Coordinator, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Dr Jean-Baptiste Ronat, Scientific & Technical Manager, MSF Mini-Lab development project, Paris, France

Dr Nabil Karah, MD, PhD, Department of Molecular Biology, Umea University, Sweden

Reem Abu Shomar, Public Health Specialist, Program Coordination Unit, Gaza, Palestine

16:30 – 16:35 | Closing remarks

Dr Aula Abbara, Infectious diseases specialist, MSF UK

16:35 – 16:50 | Break

16:50 – 16:55 | Introduction to Patient Centricity

Dr Kiran Jobanputra, Reflection and Analysis Network, MSF

16:55 – 17:20 | Session 3: Promoting patient-centered HIV services with Community Advisory Boards in Vietnam

Nguyen Hoai Linh, Prevention Coordinator of The Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN)

17:20 – 17:45 | Session 4: Understanding care-seeking  behaviour for TB control

Dr Beena Thomas, Social Scientist, Former Deputy Director & HOD – Social and Behavioral Research( NIRT-ICMR)

17:45 – 17:55 | Closing Remarks & Sneak Peek: Day 2

Dr Kiran Jobanputra, Reflection and Analysis Network, MSF

26th August 2021, Thursday

14:00 – 14:10 | Introduction and Keynote: Finding opportunities during a crisis – Lessons from COVID-19 to reimagine health in lower and middle-income countries

Dr Senjuti Saha, Scientist Child Health Research Foundation (Bangladesh)

14:10 – 14:15 | Introduction to Innovation

Rika Hayashi, MSF Innovation Advisor, MSF Japan

14:15 – 14:40 | Session 1: Innovative paediatric DR-TB counseling package implemented in a government hospital in Mumbai, India

Amruta Shaligram, Patient Support Supervisor (DR-TB, HIV Supervisor), MSF OCB, Mumbai, India

14:40 – 15:05 | Session 2: Holistic approach for children’s health using a Children Immunization App reminders for health promotion – Zaatari refugees camp, Jordan

Dr Ziad Khatib, Associate Professor Global Health, Karolinska Institute

15:05 – 16:20 | Panel Discussion: Hepatitis C: Decentralized approach in HCV management healthcare delivery systems

Moderator: Dr Margaret Hellard, Deputy Director at the Burnet Institute, Head of Hepatitis Services in the Infectious Diseases Unit at The Alfred Hospital, Australia

Dr Khin Pyone Kyi, President of the Board of Directors of the Myanmar Liver Foundation

Dr Huma Qureshi, Government of Pakistan, Prime Minister’s Program for the elimination of Hepatitis C from Pakistan

Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan, Head of Service for Internal Medicine, Ministry of Health Malaysia

Dr Tanyaporn Wansom, MD PhD, Protocol Chair and Director of Research, C-Free Study

16:20 – 16:25 | Closing remarks

Rika Hayashi, MSF Innovation Advisor, MSF Japan

16:25 – 16:40 | Break

16:40 – 16:45 | Introduction to the impact of COVID-19 on the existing health infrastructure

Dr Clara Van Gulik, Medical Advisor, MSF Japan

16:45 – 17:10 | Session 3: Trends in reproductive health services in Bangladesh: Consequences of COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020

Md. Irfan Hossain, Senior Program Officer, Population Council, Bangladesh

17:10 – 17:55 | Session 4: Impact of COVID-19 on HIV/ AIDS service delivery in Philippines and Pakistan

Moderator: Dr Farah Hossain, Deputy Cell Manger (OCP), MSF Tokyo, Japan

Dr Arshad Altaf, Consultant, World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr Kate Leyritana, Founding Medical Director of Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines

17:55 – 18:00 | Closing remarks

Dr Clara Van Gulik, Medical Advisor, MSF Japan

18:00 – 18:10 | Vote of Thanks

Dr Monique Kamat, MSF SARA Board President

Disclaimer: The agenda is subject to change.

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