Scientific Symposium to launch the Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation (IRESSEF) – Dakar, Senegal, 19-20 June 2017


Theme: Building Partnerships to advance surveillance, response to disease threats, Laboratory Quality Management Systems, Access to Quality Diagnostics, and Public Health Research in Africa


Despite real progress made these recent years in public health (e.g. the Universal Coverage, the Abuja’s initiative…), health research in Sub Saharan Africa still faces huge challenges. Rapid population growth and movement coupled with emerging/re-emerging pathogens that could  turn into pandemics. These threats and antimicrobial resistance could increase the number of deaths per year in Africa by 2050 to 4 millions.  This has been illustrated by the recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak that had devastated health system and had economic consequences for the affected countries and the sub-region. The incidence of non-communicable diseases, maternal mortality rates, injuries and threats, posed by environmental toxins remains high in the region.

In addition to these concerns, African countries are burdened with insufficient public health assets including surveillance, laboratory networks, competent workforce and research expertise that hinder evidence-based decision-making. Importantly, for Africa to be better prepared to protect its population from diseases, it has to work in a network and make more efficient use of its public health assets in the regions. As African scientists represent only 1% of the worldwide researchers, it is time to accelerate scientific networking, technological development, and strong research institutions. Many African Centers and partners such as the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently launched the Regional Integrated Surveillance and Laboratory network (Africa CDC RISLNET) are promoting this vision. This fact has motivated the creation of the newborn IRESSEF that will be launched on June 19th, 2017.

The goal of IRESSEF is to become a modern 21st century leading global health institution in Senegal and Africa. To achieve this goal, IRESSEF has developed state of the art laboratories, surveillance, and training facilities that will enable it conduct cutting edge public health interventions and research for Senegal and the also serve as a regional resource that can generate robust primary surveillance data, rapid application of sophisticated analytics to track the geographical distribution of disease, and the capacity to act on such information., in concern with other regional bodies  like the Africa CDC and World Health Organization.





Agenda Day 1: 19th June, 2017

8:00-8:30 Registration



8:30 -9:00

Introductions, Welcome, and Opening Remarks   


  • IRESSEF: Pr Souleymane Mboup
  • Gilead: John Martin
  • Africa CDC: Dr John Nkengasong


Objectives of the Symposium

Speaker: IRESSEF: Pr Coumba T Kane




9:00 – 9:15



9:15 – 9:30



9:30 – 9:45



Plenary Session

Moderators : Africa CDC (Dr John Nkengasong), ANSTS (Pr Doudou Ba), ANRS (Pr François Dabis),


1. The vision, mission, and goals of IRESSEF

    Speaker: IRESSEF (Pr Souleymane Mboup)


2. Disease burdens in Africa

    Speaker: WHO Dakar (Dr Deo Nshimirimana)


3. The Africa CDC Regional Collaboration Strategy and RISLNET

    Speaker: Africa CDC (Dr John Nkengasong)


4. General discussion

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break


10:15 – 11:15

Round Table 1 : Surveillance, outbreak preparedness, and disease intelligence in Africa


Moderators: WATER (Stephan B.  Kennedy), ISED (Pr Anta Tall Dia), CBE MRG (Pr Toumani Corrah)


Panelists: CDC (Dr Mike Kinzer), Institut Pasteur de Dakar (Dr Amadou Sall), COUS (Dr Abdoulaye Bousso), MRC Gambia (Pr Martin Antonio), UCAD (Pr Cheikh Niang), SMIT Fann (Pr Moussa Seydi)

11:20 – 12:20 Round Table 2 :  The role of institutional research in the RISLNET


Moderators: WESTAT (Dr Moussa Sarr), UCAD (Pr Aissatou Gaye Diallo), KCRI (Pr Blandina Mmbaga)


Panelists: Noguchi Institute of Medical Research (Pr William Ampofo), RESAOLAB (Gilles Adjane Koura), IRESSEF (Pr Tandakha Ndiaye Dièye), Africa CDC (Dr John Nkengasong), UCAD (Pr Daouda Ndiaye)

12:20  – 13:20 Lunch



13:30 – 14:30

Round Table 3: Advancing event-based surveillance as a foundation for early warning and detection of diseases


Moderators: Noguchi Institute of Medical Research (Pr William Ampofo), UCAD (Pr Cheikh Saad Bouh Boye), UAHB (Pr Issakha Diallo)

Panelists: ISED (Pr Anta Tall Dia), GHSS (Patrick A. Njukeng), ANSD (Dr Aboubacar Sadikh Beye), MACEPA (Dr Yakou Dieye), OMS (Dr Mady Ba)

14:30 Break
16:00 Opening Ceremony
19:00 Diner/Reception


Agenda Day 2: 20th June, 2017

9:00 Welcome, Introductions, and Day 1 Report


9:15  –  9:30






9:30 – 10:30



Improving HIV testing and diagnostics in Africa to achieve 90-90-90 targets in Africa


Moderators: NIMR (Emmanuel Oni Idigbe), CRCF (Dr Ibra Ndoye), ONUSIDA (Dr Demba Kone)


Mini lecture: Strengthening laboratory systems to improve global health

Speaker: Pascale Ondoa


Round Table 4 : HIV RTQII, expansion of viral load networks


Panelists: CDC (Mireille Kalou), MACRO (Clement Udedi), GHSS (Dr Juliana Ndasi), HLI (Donan Mmbando), FIND (Jesse Wambugu), PACCI (Pr Serge Eholié), MoH/DLSI (Dr Mohamed Coulibaly)

10:30 Coffee Break and Group Photograph
11:00 Round table 5: Implementing laboratory QMS, including External Quality Assurance (EQA) to improve global health


Moderators: MOH/DL Senegal (Pr Ahmad Iyane Sow), CDC (David Turgeon), MRC (Dr Umberto d’Alessandro)


Panelists: CDC (TBN), IRESSEF/AfriquaLab (Dr Alassane Diaw), Westat (Fatima Jones), IQMH (Aicha Ismail), MOH/DL (Dr Rokhaya Diagne), Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (Pr Anthony Emeribe)

12:00 Lunch
13:30 Round Table 6: Public health research priorities in Senegal and Africa


Moderators: Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (Pr Emeribe Anthony), IPCI (Pr Mireille Dosso), IMTA (Pr Luc Kestens)


Panelists: UAM (Pr Serigne Maguèye Guèye), MOH (Dr Youssou Ndiaye), EDCTP/WANETAM/MRC (Assan Jaye), ANRS/IRD (Bernard Taverne), PSU (Gregory Jenkins), UQAM (Abdoulaye Banire Diallo),

14:30 Round Table 7: The role of the pharmaceutical industry in improving global health and research in Africa

Moderators:  IHVN (Pr Alas’hle Abimiku), MOH/DPM (Pr Amadou Moctar Dieye), WESTAT (Dr Detra Robinson)

Panelists: Gilead (TBN), SANOFI Pasteur (Dr Sanie Seasay), BD (Sylvain Tallet), ROCHE (TBN), Africa CDC (TBN), Alere (Mbra Kouame), UCAD/LNCM (Pr Djibril Fall), Fondation Mérieux (Dr Sébatien Quesney), SANOFI Sénégal (Dr Amy Ndao Fall)

15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Round Table 8: Financing public health priorities in Africa


Moderators: CNLS (Dr Safiatou Thiam), ONUSIDA (Dr Djibril Diallo), UCAD/WHAGA (Omar Gaye)


Panelists: RESAOLAB (Gilles Adjane Koura), EDCTP (Dr Michele Nderu), CMU Agency (Dr Cheikh Mbengue), MESR (Pr Soukeye Dia Tine), International expert (Dr Guy Michel Gershy-Damet), UAHB (Pr Issakha Diallo)

16:45 Wrap up and Way forward: Pr Salif Sow, John Nkengasong
17:15 Closing Ceremony : Pr  Souleymane Mboup