Title: Rift Valley fever virus (RVF): an update on pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnostics and prevention

Date: 9th October 2020

Time: 19:00 - 20:30 (GMT+1)

Webinar link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89486589492?pwd=M2lkaHpaL2hhd01iV3IyRUw3akpKdz09

The Sudanese medical expatriates to upgrade health services in Sudan (MARASI) is announcing the launch of the first webinar in its WEBi Series titled "Rift Valley fever virus: an update on pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnostics and prevention".

This webinar will shed light on the global situation of the RVF epidemic and the importance of public health experts in combating the global Rift Valley protection, response and control of this epidemic.

This webinar will:

  • Describe global areas where RVF is a public health concern.
  • Highlight the importance of public health laboratories in RVF response.
  • Highlight the laboratory diagnosis of RVF, describing the available diagnostic tests including molecular, serological, and virus isolation.
  • Highlight the mode of transmission.
  • Highlight the vector identification and control. 
  • List prevention and control measures.
  • Discuss the clinical feature of RVF.
  • Identify challenges associated with prevention and control measures.

Participating experts include:

Associate Professor Mubarak Elkarsany, Professor of Pathology, Dean  of Laboratory Medical College, University of Karary  and Consultant Clinical Pathologist, National Public Health  Laboratory, Sudan.

Dr.Al Wasila Taha Alnatig, MRCP, FRCPE, FRCPSG, MSc Infectious Diseases University of London, Diploma of Tropical Medicine London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Consultant Infectious Diseases/Medicine Chairman of Infection Control, Chairman of COVID-19/MERS-COV, Chairman of Antibiotics Stewardship Armed forces hospital Wadi Aldawasir, Saudi Arabia. Program Reviewer at International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 

Dr.Hamid Abdelgader Elsheikh, Public Health Advisor, Coordinator of epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases, Cholera and Foodborne Disease Coordinator, Coordinator of common diseases between humans and animals, SARS Coordinator, Coordinator of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (CoV MERS), Team member of the Covid-19 coordinators General Directorate for Disease Control Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health 

Dr.Sumaya Ahmed Elbadawi, MD Ophthalmology, Sudan Membership of RCSED OPHTH and Membership of RCSED OPHTH UK.

Dr. Omaima Mahdi Noaman, Arboviruses specialist with special focus on Rift Valley fever Department of Medical Entomology, National Public Health Laboratory.       

The session will be facilitated by Dr Elfadil Bilal Abdelrahman, Cardiologist, and Mr.Muatasim M Elmangory, Medical Laboratory and Disaster Specialist and Laboratory Technical Consultant, FMOH and WHO Global Emergency Response team.