MSF Scientific Days – Asia 2020: Agenda

MSF Scientific Days - Asia 2020 was held virtually on 18th and 19th November 2020

18th November 2020, Wednesday

14:00 – 14:15 | Welcome

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

14:15 – 14:40 | Session 1: Improving access to care for survivors of sexual violence: key lessons from mixed methods studies for Indian scenario

Meggy Verputten, Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Specialist, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Nell Gray, Anthropology Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Dr Himanshu Mohan Kumar, Deputy Medical Coordinator, OCA India, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

14:40 – 15:05 | Session 2: Can behavioural science techniques prevent or reduce violence in health care settings? A pilot test in two hospitals in Pakistan

Dr Mirwais Khan, Health Care in Danger Initiative, ICRC 

15:05 – 15:30 | Session 3: Understanding barriers to TB treatment completion in Kandahar, Afghanistan through qualitative research

Giulietta Luul Balestra, Anthropologist and Health Promoter 

15:30 – 15:45 | Break

15:45 – 16:10 | Session 4: Clinical characteristics and hepatitis C (HCV) treatment outcomes among people who use drugs in an HIV cohort of Manipur, India

Preeti Gurung, Epidemiology Activity Manager, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

16:10 – 16:35 | Session 5: Lived experiences and perceptions of palliative care among advanced HIV patients: a qualitative study from Bihar, India

Mohit Nair, King County Department of Public Health

16:35 – 17:10 | Panel Discussion: Decolonising global health: the challenge of public health research in humanitarian settings

Dr Kiran Jobanputra, Head of the Manson Unit/Deputy Medical Director OCA, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

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

Dr Renzo Guinto, Chief Planetary DOCTOR- PH Lab

Dr Senjuti Saha, Researcher- Child Health Research Foundation

17:10 – 17:20 | Closing Remarks & Sneak Peek: Day 2

19th November 2020, Thursday

14:00 – 14:05 | Introduction

14:05 – 14:30 | Session 1: Impact of COVID-19 and vulnerability in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh

Dr Mohammad Mainul Islam, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr Rabeya Khatoon, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) India and Bangladesh

14:30 – 15:05 | Panel Discussion: Coronavirus and health systems affected by protracted conflict – The case of Syria

Dr Aula Abbara, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust/ co-chair of the Syria Public Health Network

Dr Fouad M Fouad, Associate Professor at the American University of Beirut and co-chair of the Syria Public Health Network

Manar Marzouk, Public health researcher and consultant. Has recently performed modelling on COVID-19 interventions in Syria as part of the CoMo initiative at Oxford University.

Dr Naser Mhawesh, Public Health specialist and Surveillance Coordinator for the Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) of the Assistance Coordination Unit

Crystal van Leeuwen, Medical Emergency Manager, OCA, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

15:05 – 15:30 | Session 2: Impact of social stigma related to COVID-19 on quality of professional life among health care workers in Nepal

Rakesh Singh, Public Health Professional

15:30 – 15:55 | Session 3: Emerging Success story from Vietnam COVID-19

Dr Todd Pollack, Harvard Medical School; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN) 

Dr Pooja Tripathi, GHHM South Asia Site Content Developer & Student Engagement Liaison, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) 

15:55 – 16:10 | Break

16:10 – 16:30 | Session 4: Experience of managing COVID-19 burden in Mumbai (OCB)

Dr Stobdan Kalon, Medical Coordinator, OCB (India), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

16:30 – 16:55 | Session 5: Role of Innovation in COVID-19 response, especially in Indian healthcare settings

Dr Soumyadipta Acharya, Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design

Neha Verma, Co-founder and CEO of Intelehealth

16:55 – 17:05 | Vote of Thanks

Dr Monique Kamat, MSF SARA Board President

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