MSF Scientific Days Asia 2023: Agenda

MSF Scientific Days Asia 2023 is organised in partnership with the Department of Public Health and Informatics at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

 Date: October 9, 2023

 Location: First Floor, Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Convention
Hall, BSMMU, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 The conference will also be live-streamed for online audiences.

 Time: 07.30 – 18:00 IST / 08:00 am – 18:30 BST / 02:00 – 12:30 UTC 

October 9, 2023 (Monday)

The agenda for MSF Scientific Days Asia 2023 is in Bangladesh Standard Time (BST).

08:00 am – 08:30 am | Registration

08:30 am – 08:35 am | Welcome remarks

Dr Bhishmaraj Srivastava, Editorial Lead, MSF Asia Scientific Days

08:35 am 08:45 am | Opening Remarks

Dr Fariha Haseen, Member Secretary, Steering Committee, BSMMU, MSF Asia Scientific Days 2023

08:45 am 09:15 amKeynote Address

Dr Firdausi Qadri, Senior Scientist, Enteric and Respiratory Infections
Infectious Diseases Division, ICDDRB

09:15 am – 10:15 am |  Abstract Presentation: Tuberculosis

High prevalence of bedaquiline and linezolid resistance in XDR TB

Dr Pramila Singh, Medical Activity Manger, Mumbai DRTB Project, MSF

Influence of comprehensive support strategy on treatment and follow-up compliance

Sonali Bhattacharjee, Counselor Educator, Delhi SGBV Project, MSF
Dr Drishti Dulani, Medical Coordinator, EndTB Trials India

Results of lymph node sample testing with GeneXpert MTB/XDR cartridges

Martin Okonji, Medical Laboratory Referent, MSF

Implementation and feasibility of digital chest X-ray coupled to computer-aided detection in tuberculosis active case finding in Tondo (Manila), Philippines

Dr Trisha Angelie Thadhani, Medical Doctor, MSF

Chair: Dr Parvati Nair, GHHM South Asia Course Coordinator, MSF

10:15 am – 11:15 am | Panel Discussion: Neglected Tropical Diseases: Gaps and Opportunities for South Asian Scenario

Dr Kavita Singh, South Asia Director, DNDi
Prof Dr Neelika Malavige, Head- Dengue Global Programme & Scientific Affairs, DNDi
Dr Byron Arana, Head of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, DNDi
Dr Md. Khalequzzaman, Associate Professor, Public Health & Informatics Dept, BSMMU

Moderator: Dr Farhat Mantoo, Executive Director, MSF South Asia

11:15 am – 11:30 am | Tea Break

11:30 am – 12:45 pm | Abstract Presentation: Non-Communicable Disease

Programmatic & Sociocultural aspects of preventing and managing cervical cancer in Bangladesh
Dr Fariha Haseen, Associate Professor, Public Health & Informatics Dept, BSMMU

EEG in Neonatal Seizure: Prediction of Neurodevelopmental Outcome
Dr Kazi Ashraful Islam, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology Dept, BSMMU

Mental health impact among conflict-affected population of Laiza, Kachin State in Myanmar
Dr Yan Lin Aung, Psychiatrist, Laiza General Hospital, Kachin State

Understanding the characteristics, care-seeking pathway, and medical services provided to sexual and gender-based violence survivors in Kamrangirchar, Dhaka
Dr Sohana Sadique, Epidemiologist, MSF

Situation of Child Rights to Protection in the Slum Settlement of Urban Dhaka in the Covid-19
Dr Fatema Khandakar, Research Officer, Public Health Informatics Dept, BSMMU

Chair: Dr Sohel Reza Choudhury, Professor & Head, Department of Epidemiology & Research, National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute, Dhaka

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm | Inauguration Ceremony

Chief Guest: Hon’ble Prof Dr Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, BSMMU

Dr Syed Shariful Islam, Professor, Public Health Informatics Dept, BSMMU

Dr Bijoy Kumer Paul, Associate Professor and Chairman (In Charge), Public Health & Informatics Dept, BSMMU

Dr Fariha Haseen, Member Secretary, Steering Committee, BSMMU, MSF Asia Scientific Days 2023

Dr Farhat Mantoo, Executive Director, MSF South Asia

Claudio Miglietta, Country Representative, MSF Bangladesh

01:15 pm – 02:15 pm | Lunch Break

02:15 pm – 03:15 pm | Panel Discussion: Towards Eliminating HCV: Countries Experiences on HCV Screening & Micro Elimination Strategies 

Dr Wasim Firuz, Project Medical Referent, HCV, MSF Bangladesh

Dr Khawar Aslam, Project Medical Referent, HCV, MSF Pakistan

Dr Aninda Rahman, Deputy Program Manager, National Viral Hepatitis Control Program – Ministry of Health, Bangladesh

Dr Rosaida Hj Md Said, Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Sultan Idris Shah Serdang Hospital, Malaysia

Moderator:  Dr Farah Hossain, Deputy Cell Manager, MSF Tokyo

03:15 pm-04:45 pm | Abstract Presentation: Forcibly Displaced Population and Associated Health Response

The experience of using a children’s immunization application in a refugee setting (Jordan) and high-security setting (Cameroon)
Dr Ziad Khatib, Associate Professor, Global Health, Karolinska Institute

Experiences of Rohingya women in accessing healthcare in Malaysia
Dr Surendran Rajaratnam, Senior Lecturer, National University of Malaysia

Cholera surveillance among forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Dr Ashraful Khan, Scientist, ICDDRB

Scabies in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: A Retrospective Analysis of the Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of Cases, 2022-2023
Dr Temmy Sunyoto, Senior Operational Research Advisor, (LuxOR) MSF
Md. Soriful Islam, Medical Assistant, MSF OCB Jamtoli Project, Ukhiya

The role of spirituality in end-of-life care within MSF contexts: An example from Cox’s Bazar
Dr Rachel Yantzi, PhD Research Scholar, McMaster University, Canada

Primary health care in two refugee camps at the Thai-Myanmar border 2000-2018
Dr Oliver Mohr, Public Health Consultant

Chair: Anthony Caswell Perez, Deputy Country Representative, Cox’s Bazar, MSF

04:45 pm – 05:15 pm | Mini Panel Discussion         

Factors associated with depression among older people in an urban area of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dr K M Thouhidur Rahman, Senior Research Officer, Department of Public Health and Informatics, BSMMU

Non-communicable diseases related to health-seeking behaviour of indigenous older adults residing in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh
Dr Rajan Talukder, Medical Officer, DGHS, Bangladesh

Moderator: Prof Dr Mostafa Zaman, Public Health Informatics Dept, BSMMU

05:15 pm – 05:30 pm | Tea Break

05:30 pm – 06:00 pm | Closing Ceremony & Vote of Thanks

Professor Dr MD. Moniruzzaman Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, BSMMU

06:00 pm – 06:30 pm | Cultural Program 

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