27-28-29 October 2020

61st
ITM Colloquium
the virtual edition

Implications of COVID-19 for global and local health, and beyond

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THREE DAYS OF SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE

The first virtual version of the ITM colloquium is a large three-day conference that brings COVID-19 experiences from all continents together. The aim is to discuss and reflect on the direct and indirect impact on global and local health.

For this we zoom in on the COVID-19 epidemics and responses in different contexts to retrieve an improved understanding of their heterogeneity. Exploring the potential of some of the scientific innovations which emerged in these epidemics will also be part of this colloquium.

To get a better understanding of the implications of COVID-19 we will assess, together with different experts from all over the world, to what extent the epidemic leads to possibly sustained systemic societal transformations and ask ourselves if and how COVID-19 is a game changer in the health sector and beyond.

This virtual edition of the ITM Colloquium will offer you:

  • 3 scientific sessions each day
  • Interactive breaks
  • Networking opportunities with other experts
  • Social activities between participants

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PROGRAMME

Session 1   12:30 - 13:50
Heterogeneity of Spread and Different Epidemics: do we Understand why?

Activity Chair & speakers
Chair Wim Van Damme, ITM Antwerp
The Covid-19 pandemic: diverse context, different epidemics-how and why ? Wim Van Damme, ITM Antwerp
Understanding the epidemic: Peru Larissa Otero, UPCH
Understanding the epidemic: DRC Placide MBala, INRB
Understanding the epidemic: Cambodia Ir Por, NIPH
Understanding the epidemic: New York Helmut Kloos, University of California

Session 2   14:15 - 15:30
The Need for Diversity in the Response

Activity Chair & speakers
DEBATE: Is the Response Balanced Enough? Marie Laga, Tine Verdonck
Erika Vlieghe, Wim Van Damme, Steven Van Den Broucke

Session 3   16:00 - 17:15
Heterogeneity in Infectious Diseases: Lessons from Leishmaniasis control - In Memory of ITM's Professor Marleen Boelaert

Activity Chair & speakers
Chair Tine Verdonck, ITM Antwerp
Leishmania control: Marleen Boelaert's legacy Tine Verdonck, ITM Antwerp
Epidemiological heterogeneity Temmy Sunyoto, Epco Hasker
Clinical heterogeneity Sakib Burza, Suman Rijal
Control measures heterogeneity François Chapuis, Albert Picado

Session 1   12:30 - 13:45
Biomedical Innovations - a Selection

Activity Chair & speakers
Chairs Guido Vanham & Emmanuel Bottieau, ITM Antwerp
What novel diagnotics can make a difference? Guido Vanham, ITM Antwerp
What novel therapeutics can make a difference? Emmanuel Bottieau, ITM Antwerp
The case of Peru and the rapid serologic test for COVID-19 Patricia Garcia, UPCH
Updated Situation COVID19 Perú 2020 Eduardo Herencia, UPCH
From centralized to decentralized SARS-CoV2 testing : the case of Cameroon Richard Njoum, Centre Pasteur Cameroon
Cost-containment for SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis in resource-limited settings Rodrigo Henriquez, Universidad de Americas

Session 2   14:15 - 15:30
Innovations in delivering healthcare during COVID-19: Case study of maternal and newborn health

Activity Chair & speakers
Chairs Lenka Benova
Luther-King Fasehun
Dialogue: How do we provide safe, effective, good quality and compassionate care to pregnant and birthing women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? Bosede Afolabi
Alison Wright
Carla Andreucci
Dialogue: How do we ensure that maternal and neonatal care continues to be available and accessed during COVID-19 to all women and newborns who need it? Vanita Suri
Niveen Abu-Rmeileh
Dialogue: How have ongoing and planned research studies in maternal and newborn health been adapted to COVID-19 in the short- and long-term? Phillip Wanduru
Sunil Vernekar
Moderated Bilingual Discussion in 3 Break Out Rooms

Session 3   16:00 - 17:15
Addressing Infodemics - the Case of Preparing for Vaccinations

Activity Chair & speakers
Chairs Claudia Nieto, ITM, Charlotte Gryseels, ITM
Keynote: Role of health care workers in responding to the infodemic Tina Purnat, WHO
Keynote: Hybrid monitoring: combining social media analysis and field investigations to caracterize and address pandemic anxieties Leonard Heyerdahl, IP
Keynote: Impact of Social and Political Factors that Affect Uptake of Heatlh Interventions Heidi Larsson, LSHTM
Panel Discussion

Session 1   12:30 - 13:55
COVID-19: a Major Stress Test for Our Health Systems

Activity Chair & speakers
Chair Bart Criel, ITM Antwerp
Keynote: COVID-19 in the African region: Lessons and Implications for Health Systems Prosper Tumusiine, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Acting Director
Five short testimonies from the field Dorothy Lall, India
Fatoumata Binta Bah, Guinée
Didier Chuy, DRCongo
Elena Vargas, Mexico
Janneke Ronse, Belgium
Reaction from Propser Tumusiine Prosper Tumusiine, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Acting Director
Keynote: The Belgian perspective. How the corona pandemic exposes the ambiguity with which Western societies treat their most vulnerable citizens Hilde Kieboom, Sant'Egidio non-governmental organisation, Belgium

Session 2   14:20 - 15:45
Transformation to a Just and Safe Space for Humanity

Activity Chair & speakers
Chair Remco van de Pas, ITM Antwerp
Keynote Kathleen Van Brempt, European Parliament
Doughnut Economics. Introduction by Remco van de Pas: what relevance for our discussion? Remco van de Pas, ITM Antwerp
Doughnut Economics, the film Kate Raworth, Oxford University
From the field: Tackling adverse health effects of climate change and migration in ssAfrica Charlotte Scheerens, Ghent University
From the field: Seeing the forest and the trees: macroeconomic drivers of forest use and the case of Adivasi people in India Prashanth N S, Institute of Public Health, India

Session 3   16:10 - 17:40
COVID-19, Economics and Health Equity

Activity Chair & speakers
Chair Werner Soors, ITM Antwerp
Keynote: Circular economy and health in a context of COVID-19 Gorik Ooms, HERWIN, Ghent
Keynote: COVID-19 and Health Equity in West-Africa N'koué Emmanuel Sambiéni, Benin
Keynote: Change or plus ça change Clara Affun, ITM Antwerp

Final Discussion   18:00 - 18:20
Research priorities for the future?

Activity Chair & speakers
Moderation by Katja Polman, ITM Antwerp Marc-Alain Widdowson Director, ITM
Upendra Bhojani Director, IPH Bangalore
Jean-Paul Dossou, CERRHUD, Benin
Christine Kirunga, MakSPH, Uganda

Speakers

Marie Laga
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Tine Verdonck
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Wim van Damme
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Helmut Kloos
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Larissa Otero
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Steven Van Den Broucke
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Placide MBala
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Erika Vlieghe
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Albert Picado
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Epco Hasker
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Sakib Burza
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François Chapuis
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Suman Rijal
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Temmy Sunyoto
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Marianne van der Sande
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Eduardo Gotuzzo Herencia
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Emmanuel Bottieau
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Guido Vanham
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Patricia Garcia
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Richard Njouom
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Rodrigo Henriquez
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Aline Semaan
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Alison Wright
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Bosede Afolabi
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Carla Andreucci
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Emma Radovich
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Lenka Benova
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Luther-King Fasehun
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Niveen Abu-Rmeileh
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Phillip Wanduru
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Raffaella Ravinetto
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Séverine Caluwaerts
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Sunil Vernekar
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Therese Delvaux
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Vanita Suri
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Heidi Larson
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Leonard Heyerdahl
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Tina Purnat
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Claudia Nieto-Sanchez
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Charlotte Gryseels
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Bart Criel
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Didier Chuy
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Dorothy Lall
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Elena Vargas
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Fatoumata Binta Bah
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Hilde Kieboom
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Janneke Ronse
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Prosper Tumusiine
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Charlotte Scheerens
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Remco van de Pas
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Kathleen Van Brempt
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Prashanth N Srinivas
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Clara Affun
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Gorik Ooms
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Christine Kirunga Tashobya
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Upendra Bhojani
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Emmanuel Sambieni
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Jan de Zutter
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MORE INFO ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL MEDICINE’S COLLOQUIUM

Since 1959, the Colloquium is ITM’s yearly flagship scientific conference, funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation. Up until now, every other year the Colloquium used to take place in a partner country of ITM. Due to COVID-19 we are challenged to still bring experts together from all over the world for this 2020 edition. Therefore we are organising the very first virtual edition of the ITM Colloquium.

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