Preparing for epidemics in South Africa – human and animal

25-26 February 2021

This NSTF Discussion Forum will focus on infectious diseases that have caused, or can cause, epidemics in South Africa. The main focus is on human infectious diseases with a secondary focus on animal infectious diseases. Of special interest are viral diseases and zoonotic diseases (that emerge in human populations but originate from animals).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This online event is FREE to anyone interested, including government, the media, and diplomatic community. Click here to register Day 1 and Day 2    

VIDEOS FROM THE EVENT


Data, early warning systems and other lessons going forward

Dr Kerrigan McCarthy, National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)

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Q & A Session

Dr Kerrigan McCarthy - Q & A Session

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Policy for dealing with disease outbreaks and epidemics

Dr Wayne Ramkrishna, Deputy Director: Communicable Disease Control, National Department of Health (DoH)

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Is there a role for indigenous knowledge in fighting epidemics or pandemics?

Prof Nceba Gqaleni, African Health Research Institute (AHRI)

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Monitoring of outbreaks – what can wastewater reveal?

Mr Jay Bhagwan, Executive Manager: Water use and waste management, Water Research Commission (WRC)

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Lessons learnt in the control of epidemics / pandemics: Lessons from South Africa’s COVID 19 response

Dr Yogan Pillay, Country Director: Clinton Health Access Initiative

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Uncertain outcomes: Evidencebased mathematical modelling in a time of COVID-19

Dr Sheetal Silal, Director: Modelling and Simulation Hub Africa, University of Cape Town (UCT)

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Where do you get your information? - Information and communication in times of pandemic

Prof Stephanie Burton, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Professor at Future Africa, University of Pretoria (UP)

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DSI initiatives related to the pandemic and lessons learnt

Ms Glaudina Loots, Director: Health Innovation, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)

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Q & A Part 1

Q & A Part 1 - 25 February 2021

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Q & A Part 2

Q & A Part 2 - 25 February 2021

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Q & A Part 3

Q & A Part 3 - 25 February 2021

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Influenza Pandemics Lessons for COVID-19

Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele, Vice-President: South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

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SARS-CoV-2: Does it Cause Foodborne Disease?

Prof Lucia Anelich, Anelich Consulting; and Central University of Technology (CUT)

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Q & A Session

Prof Lucia Anelich - Q & A Session

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What can we learn from other zoonoses (besides COVID-19)

Prof Wanda Markotter, NRF-DSI South African Research Chair: Infectious Diseases of Animals (Zoonoses); and Director: Centre for Viral Zoonoses, Department of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria

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Development of a biodiversity sector response plan to zoonotic disease

Dr Kiruben Naicker, Director: Information Management & Biodiversity Science Policy Interface, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF)

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Contribution of Earth observation data towards preparedness for human disease outbreak: Coronavirus outbreak lessons learnt

Ms Naledzani (Nale) Mudau, Remote Sensing Scientist, South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

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Legislation and government initiatives to curb epidemics among livestock

Dr Mpho Maja, Director: Animal Health, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)

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Advances towards detecting and preventing the spread of multispecies disease – bovine TB.

Dr Wynand Goosen, Project Manager: Biomedical Sciences, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Stellenbosch University (SU)

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Q & A Part 1

Q & A Part 1 - 26 February 2021

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Q & A Part 2

Q & A Part 2 - 26 February 2021

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Q & A Part 3

Q & A Part 3 - 26 February 2021

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PRESENTATIONS FROM THE EVENT


Day 1: Preparing for Epidemics in South Africa

Dr Kerrigan McCarthy: Consultant pathologist, Centre for Vaccines and Immunology (NICD)

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Day 1: Policies and Regulations for Dealing with Disease Outbreaks & Epidemics in South Africa

Dr Wayne Ramkrishna, Deputy Director: Communicable Disease Control, National Department of Health (DoH)

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Day 1: Is there a role for indigenous knowledge in fighting epidemics or pandemics?

Prof Nceba Gqaleni, African Health Research Institute (AHRI)

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Day 1: Monitoring of outbreaks – what can wastewater reveal?

Mr Jay Bhagwan, Executive Manager: Water use and waste management, Water Research Commission (WRC)

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Day 1: Lessons learnt in the control of epidemics / pandemics: Lessons from South Africa’s COVID 19 response

Dr Yogan Pillay, Country Director: Clinton Health Access Initiative

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Day 1: Uncertain Outcomes Evidence-based mathematical modelling in a time of COVID-19

Dr Sheetal Silal, Director: Modelling and Simulation Hub Africa, University of Cape Town (UCT)

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Day 1: Where do you get your information? Information and communication in times of pandemic

Prof Stephanie Burton, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Professor at Future Africa, University of Pretoria (UP)

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Day 1: DSI COVID 19 Research support

Ms Glaudina Loots, Director: Health Innovation, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)

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Day 2: Preparing for epidemics in South Africa – human and animal

Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele, Vice-President: South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

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Day 2: What can we learn from other zoonoses (besides COVID-19)?

Prof Wanda Markotter, NRF-DSI South African Research Chair: Infectious Diseases of Animals (Zoonoses); and Director: Centre for Viral Zoonoses, Department of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria

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Day 2: TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BIODIVERSITY SECTOR RESPONSE PLAN TO ZOONOTIC DISEASES (PANDEMICS)

Dr Kiruben Naicker, Director: Information Management & Biodiversity Science Policy Interface, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF)

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Day 2: Contribution of Earth observation data towards preparedness for human disease outbreak: Coronavirus outbreak lessons learnt

Ms Naledzani (Nale) Mudau: Remote Sensing Scientist, South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

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Day 2: Control Of Animal Epidemics In Livestock

Dr Mpho Maja: Director: Animal Health, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)

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Day 2: Advances towards detecting and preventing the spread of multispecies disease – bovine TB.

Dr Wynand Goosen: Project Manager: Biomedical Sciences, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Stellenbosch University (SU)

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