Draft Programme


08h30-09h00 Opening and Welcome
Cheryl Cohen: Co-chair of the Scientific Committee ANISE 2023

Keynote Speaker (Click to watch)
Cecile Viboud: Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, USA
Excess mortality burden of influenza and COVID-19, with data from South Africa and the US.

09h00-09h05 Conference App launch
09h05- 10h05 World Health Organization (WHO) updates  (Click to watch)
Session Chair: Ann Moen (Consultant Task Force for Global Health)

Dr Wenqing Zhang: (WHO Geneva)
 Global Influenza Surveillance, specifically GISRS plus

Dr Belinda Herring: (WHO Afro Brazzavile)
Africa influenza surveillance update

Dr Joshua Mott: (WHO Geneva)
MOSIAC surveillance methods

Dr Aspen Hammond: (WHO Geneva)
WHO surveillance tools

10h05-10h30 Tea
Ballroom Foyer
10h30-11h10 Session 1: Genomics and viral diagnostics for public health
Session chairs: Dr Nicole Wolter (National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), South Africa) and Dr Richard Njouom (Pasteur Center Cameroon)

Dr Sofonias Tessema (Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ethiopia)
Building Resilient and Sustainable Genomics Surveillance Ecosystem in Africa (Click to watch)

Dr Rebecca Kondor: (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Use of genomics in influenza surveillance and vaccine virus selection (Click to watch)

11h10-13h00 Oral abstract presentations
Session chairs: Dr Nicole Wolter (National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), South Africa) and Dr Richard Njouom (Pasteur Center Cameroon)
Dr Fernando Motta
Findings from the third WHO external quality assessment panel for the molecular detection of respiratory syncytial virus in the Africa Region
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Mr Youdhie Ituneme N’ka-Fablo
Epidemiology and genetic evolution of influenza B viruses circulating in the DRC from 2015 to 2019: implication of vaccination
Ms Dikeledi Kekana
Molecular characterisation of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus and antigenic drift from the seasonal vaccine strain in South Africa in 2022
Ms Anele Mnguni
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Mr Paul Simusika
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Mr Moïse Moumbeket Yifomnjou
Genetic diversity of human respiratory syncytial virus during COVID-19 pandemic in Yaounde, Cameroon, 2020-2021.
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Mr Tsiry Hasina Randriambolamanantsoa
Deciphering the circulation dynamics of RSV in Madagascar over the past decade
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13h00-14h30 Conference photo
Lunch – Tradewinds Restaurant
14h30-15h10 Session 2: Vaccination and Public Health interventions
Session chairs: Joseph Bresee (Task Force for Global Health) and Dr Nancy Otieno (Kenya Medical Research institute)

Dr Chris Chadwick (WHO, Geneva):
Global influenza vaccination policy and programmatic recommendations and considerations.

Prof Petro Terblanche (Afrigen South Africa):
As global partnerships for end-to-end vaccine R&D and manufacturing evolves, how will we ensure we mind the gaps and reaches the last mile of universal vaccination.

15h10-15h40 Oral abstract presentations
Session chairs: Session chairs: Dr Joseph Bresee (Task Force for Global Health) and Dr Nancy Otieno (Kenya Medical Research institute)
Dr Nzisa Liku
A qualitative assessment of influenza vaccine uptake among children and its impact on the childhood immunisation program in Kenya
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Dr Wayne Ramkrishna
Implementing seasonal influenza vaccination in the era of COVID-19, in South Africa (2011-2022)
15h40-16h10 Tea
Ballroom Foyer
16h10-17h00 Oral abstract presentations
Session chairs:  Dr Joseph Bresee (Task Force for Global Health) and Dr Nancy Otieno Awuor (Kenya Medical Research institute)
Dr Nancy Otieno Awuor
Impact of HIV Infection and malaria parasitemia on immunogenicity of inactivated influenza vaccine in pregnant women and on mother-to-child vaccine-induced antibody transfer
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Ms Boitumelo Motsoeneng
cdn.britannica.com/27/4227-004-32423B42/Flag-So...Hemagglutinin stalk-specific Fc effector functions are associated with protection after vaccination with trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine
Dr Jeanette Dawa
Comparing performance of facility based year-round and campaign-mode influenza vaccination strategies among children aged 6-23 months in Kenya: 2019 – 2021
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17h30-20h00 Poster session with welcome drinks and eats
Ballroom 3

Session 3: Surveillance (Click to watch)
Session chairs: Gideon Emukule (CDC Kenya) and Mwaka Monze  (University of Zambia)

Dr Sibongile Walaza (NICD, South Africa)
Multipathogen surveillance to guide public health action

Dr Adbourah Sow (Institute Pasteur, Senegal)

Dr Almiro Tivane (National Health Institute, Mozambique)
Implementation and strengthening of respiratory viruses surveillance system in African settings – Mozambique perspective

09h30-10h30 Oral abstract presentations (Click to watch)
Session chairs:  Session chairs: Dr Gideon Emukule (CDC Kenya) and Dr Mwaka Monze  (University of Zambia)
Mr Jorim Ayugi
Illness outcomes of in-and-out patients co-infected with SARS-CoV-2 and Malaria, 2020-2022
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Dr Mildred Adusei-Poku
Repurposing an integrated national influenza platform for genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Ghana: a molecular epidemiological analysis
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Dr Osvaldo Inlamea
Using Community health workers to capture COVID-19 suspect cases and other acute respiratory illnesses in rural areas of Mozambique through a digital platform (AfyaData)
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Mr Mvuyo Makhasi
cdn.britannica.com/27/4227-004-32423B42/Flag-So...Digital participatory surveillance for influenza-like illness and COVID-19 in South Africa and linkage to home-based testing – a pilot study
      10h30-11h00 Tea
Ballroom Foyer
11h00-12h00 Oral abstract presentations (Click to watch)
Session chairs:  Session chairs: Dr Gideon Emukule (CDC Kenya) and Dr Mwaka Monze (University of Zambia)
Dr Joelinotahina Verohasina Rabarison
Evaluation of the impact of influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and RSV on mortality in Antananarivo, Madagascar, 2016–2023
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Mr Peter Kinuthia
Severe respiratory illness and clinical outcome of patients with sickle cell disease hospitalized in two Western Kenya referral hospitals.
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Dr Saleh Muhenedi
Characterizing seasonal influenza patterns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dr Walaa Attia
Estimating the national burden of Influenza-associated severe acute respiratory illness in Egypt, 2016 -2019
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12h00-13h00 Lunch – Tradewinds Restaurant

Session 4: Animal human interface and pandemic preparedness
Session Chairs: Zekiba Tarnagda (from?) and Manal Fahim (Ministry of Health Egypt)

Dr Nicola Lewis (Worldwide Influenza Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, England)
Pandemic preparedness for animal influenza viruses (Click to watch)

Dr Ghazi Kayali (WHO EMRO, Egypt)
The current state of MERS-CoV circulation (Click to watch)

13h45-15h15 Oral abstract presentations
Session chairs: Session Chairs: Dr Zekiba Tarnagda (Burkina Faso) and Dr Manal Fahim (Ministry of Health Egypt)
Ms Hannah Lewis Winter
Preparedness and resilience for emerging threats:  development of operational tools and networks for national pandemic preparedness for respiratory pathogens
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Ms Ayanda Nzimande
Evaluation of the Illumina Respiratory Pathogen ID/AMR Enrichment Panel (RPIP) as a pandemic preparedness tool
Dr Lia Rotherman
The changing genetics of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5Nx outbreaks in South Africa from 2017-2023
Dr Oluwagbenga Adeola
West Africa as an emerging influenza epicenter: genomic, serological, and phylogenetic evidence reveal considerable interspecies transmission of influenza viruses at the human-swine interface
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Dr Romona Ndanyi
Increase in detection rates for Avian Influenza H5 and H9 subtypes among poultry and wild bird fecal samples in Kenya, 2018-2023
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Dr Sikru Badaru
Leveraging on one-health approach for human case search in a recent avian influenza outbreak in Nigeria, 2021
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15h15-15h45 Tea
15h45-16h45 Session 5: Way forward for ANISE (Click to watch)
Way forward for ANISE – Round table discussion
16h45-17h00 Dr Jean-Michel Heraud (Co Chair ANISE 2023 Scientific Committee)
Closing remarks
18h00 Meet in the foyer of the Hilton Hotel for transport to conference dinner
All day

Several interesting workshops are planned for the third day.

  1. Interpreting and Communicating Influenza Surveillance Data for Policy and Practice
    Delivered by: US CDC
    Duration: Full day
    Venue: Hilton
  2. Virus culture and haemagglutination assay workshop
    Delivered by: NICD
    Duration: Full day
    Venue: NICD
  3. Influenza genomic analysis and phylogenetics training workshop
    Delivered by: NICD, NIH Fogarty
    Duration: Full day
    Venue: NICD
  4. Estimating influenza disease burden to establish and expand influenza vaccination: methods, tools and best practices
    Delivered by: NICD, NIH Fogarty, PIVI, US CDC, WHO
    Duration: Full day
    Venue: Hilton

Please click here to access the workshop registration