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COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa
Free IFAPP Webinar on Regional COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

IFAPP is honoured to announce the next free webinar on regional COVID-19, in collaboration with Fundisa African Academy of Medicines Development. This webinar will be presented on 18 November 2021, at 2.00 pm CET. Scientific experts from the African region will address the management of the pandemic from their perspectives as follows:

Prof Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Kampala, Uganda: “COVID-19 - Experiences from Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, and Nigeria”

Prof Charles Wiysonge, Director of Cochrane South Africa, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa: “Vaccine Policy, Usage and Vaccine Hesitancy in South Africa”

Prof Elmien du Plessis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa: “Legal Responses to the Pandemic in South Africa, including Human Rights Considerations"

The moderators will be Dr med Bernd Rosenkranz, FFPM, Prof. em. (Stellenbosch University), President, Fundisa African Academy of Medicines Development, Visiting Scientist Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany, and Prof Wolfgang Preiser, Head: Division of Medical Virology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), Tygerberg, South Africa

Nov 18, 2021 02:00 PM in Madrid

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Prof Emeritus Dr. med. Bernd Rosenkranz, FFPM
President, Fundisa African Academy Medicines Development
Prof Emeritus Bernd Rosenkranz has a medical degree and is board certified Pharmacologist and Clinical Pharmacologist in Germany and South Africa, affiliate of the College of Clinical Pharmacologists (CMSA) and Fellow of the UK Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FFPM). He was Professor and head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Stellenbosch University establishing a postgraduate programme in Pharmaceutical Medicine / Medicines Development (PharmaTrain Centre of Excellence). He is visiting scientist at the Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Charité, Berlin. He is member of several professional organisations, such as IFAPP, the European PharmaTrain Federation, and Honorary Member of the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP).
Prof Elmien du Plessis
Associate-Professor @Faculty of Law | Regte | Molao, North-West University, South Africa
Elmien (WJ) du Plessis is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the North-West University, South Africa. She holds BA (International relations), LLB and LLD degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. She is an NRF Thuthuka grant-holder. She obtained her doctorate on Compensation for Expropriation under the Constitution in 2009. She is interested in property law issues, especially in the land reform context and the overlap between customary law and common law notions of property rights. Recently her research started to investigate the concepts of justice that underlie the Constitution and how legal interpretation can be used to concretise the values of the Constitution to attain justice. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on these topics.
Charles Wiysonge
Director of Cochrane South Africa @South African Medical Research Council
Professor Charles Shey Wiysonge is the Director of Cochrane South Africa at the South African Medical Research Council, an Extraordinary Professor of Global Health at Stellenbosch University, and an Honorary Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is a physician with expertise in epidemiology, evidence-based health care, and vaccinology. His research interests include vaccine hesitancy, acceptance, and uptake in Africa. Professor Wiysonge is a member of numerous South African, Africa, and global scientific and policy advisory committees.
Wolfgang Preiser
Professor and Head: Division of Medical Virology @Stellenbosch University and NHLS Tygerberg
After studying medicine in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, he obtained the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the eponymous London School and later specialised in medical virology in Frankfurt and at University College London. Working as a young virological pathologist in Frankfurt, he was involved in the management of the first SARS patients to reach Europe in March 2003 and was one of the first teams globally to isolate and identify the causative novel coronavirus. He subsequently joined a WHO team sent to China to learn more about SARS. In 2005 he became Head of the Division of Medical Virology in Tygerberg, attracted by the enormous workload (the antiretroviral rollout was gathering speed) combined with state-of-the-art facilities. Apart from advancing the laboratory diagnosis of viral infections and diseases, his research interests are HIV, opportunistic infections such as hepatitis and herpes viruses, and potentially zoonotic and emerging viruses.