As part of their activities, the Monitoring Committee of Force Covid visited the Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF) on Wednesday, 22nd July 2020. The Committee was led by Dr El Hadji Ibrahima Mbow,  representative of General François Ndiaye. Dr Mbow and his delegation were guided in a visit of the IRESSEF, followed by a presentation of the activities of Iressef, in the meeting room, by its President and founder, Prof. Souleymane Mboup.

The president of the Health Commission of the Force-Covid-19 Committee, Doctor El Hadji Ibrahima Mbow acknowledged the “patriotic commitment” of IRESSEF in the response against the coronavirus.

“We were warmly welcome. As we enter in the institute, we feel talent, commitment, patriotism, and a strong desire to show that it is possible to carry out high quality research in Africa for the benefit of the populations in Africa.  ” Dr Mbow said. He then congratulated the technical staff of IRESSEF during a work session.

Dr. Mbow was leading a delegation from the Health Commission of the Force-Covid-19 Monitoring Committee for a visit at IRESSEF. This visit was part of the mission to control and supervise the resilience program launched by the Head of State, President Macky Sall. Doctor El Hadji Ibrahima Mbow and  his delegation took due note of the presentations made by the Institute’s experts as part of the response to the pandemic.

In his remarks, he shared the following testimony with  Professor Souleymane Mboup, President and Founder of IRESSEF: “Today, as we visit the laboratories, looking at the quality of human resources composed of professors, doctors, engineers, etc., we are confident, we are comforted by the fact that the quality of a laboratory depends on the quality of human resources. (…) ’’ 

He stressed that the IRESSEF “is playing a major role in the fight against the coronavirus”.

Dr Mbow also raised the following concern: “We also have technical concerns about the reliability of the results of virological tests, the technical choices made compared to other countries. Is it possible to consider massive screening and what are the possibilities in terms of training, etc.’’?


‘’ Since March 2, you have taken giant strides. We would like to reiterate our thanks and congratulations to you, ’’ Dr Mbow said to the workers, experts, and managers of IRESSEF.

As Professor Souleymane Mboup takes the floor, he recalled that well before the advent of the pandemic, his institute (IRESSEF) was closely linked to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Institut Pasteur through  a “perfect partnership ”.

He ended by acknowledging the support of national and international partners, as well as the Senegalese press.