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IAD Global Africa Monthly Webinar Series

IAdD Webinar on Covid
April 29, 2022

Covid 19 Diagnosis and Vaccine Challenges: What Strategy for Africa?

Join for this discussion about covid-19 surveillance, diagnosis and vaccination efforts in West Africa, featuring public health and medical experts from Ivory Coast and Cameroon.

Introduction of the Series: N’Dri Assie-Lumumba, Professor, Africana Studies and Director, Institute for African Development


Dr. Kouame Kouadio, PhD Researcher, Environment and Health Department, Eco-Epidemiology Unit, Institut Pasteur of Côte d'Ivoire. Kouamé Kouadio is an Ivorian senior researcher and is the Head of the eco epidemiology unit within the  Department of Environmental Health at Pasteur Institute (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire). He has been a medical doctor since  2000 and received a PhD in Medical Science, Option Preventive  and Environmental Medicine from the University of Ryukyus,  Okinawa, Japan in 2005. In 2008, he also obtained a Diploma in Vaccinology from Pasteur Institute, Paris (France), then  another  diploma in Epidemiology, Statistics and Computer Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium in 2017. Dr. Kouadio is an Air pollution and health specialist. He is also the Head of the Master of Research in Social Science Applied to Health (MRSS) at the University Institute of Abidjan, IUA, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Since 2014, he has been the Health Focal Point Côte d’Ivoire of the DACCIWA Project (Dynamics Aerosol Chemistry Cloud Interactions in West Africa). 


Professor Mireille Dosso, MD, PhD, Professor of Microbiology, Director of the Institut Pasteur of Côte d'Ivoire.  She is  a Full Professor of Microbiology at the Medical Sciences Training and Research Unit at Felix Houphouet-Boigny University and Director of the Institut Pasteur de Côte d’Ivoire, a position she has held since 2004.  She has extensive experience in infectious disease research, biosecurity, and the development of laboratory capacity and standards. Her contributions to science have recently been recognized by the African Union through the award of the Kwame N’Krumah Scientific Prize.

Dr. Hervé Albéric Adjé Kadjo, MD, PhD, Head of the Respiratory Viruses Unit, Institut Pasteur of Cote d'Ivoire. Previously, Dr. Kadjo was at the Faculty of Medicine (2003-2004) at CES Microbiologie. He is an expert on influenza surveillance and co-author of several scientific articles about infectious disease, including Kadjo et al, "Epidemiology of rubella infection and genotyping of rubella virus in Cote d’Ivoire, 2012-2016" (Jul 2018) and "Influenza surveillance capacity improvements in Africa during 2011‐2017" (Sep 2020). 

Richard Njouom, PhD, Head of the Virology Department, Centre Pasteur of Cameroon. Richard Njouom has a PhD and a Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) in Virology from the University of Toulouse III in France, obtained in 2003 and 2013, respectively. He currently holds the rank of Research Director of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes and serves as Head of the Virology Department at the Centre Pasteur of Cameroon. He also has teaching responsibilites at the Department of Microbiology of the University of Yaounde in Cameroon. Njouom’s research focuses on general and molecular epidemiology of hepatitis and respiratory viruses in Central Africa and its impact on diagnostic, treatment response and pathogenesis. He has published more than 190 peer-reviewed papers and one book, and he has given more than 100 scientific presentations in international meetings. He is Principal Investigator of about five ongoing international research and public health projects. Dr. Njouom was member of the WHO Guidelines Development Group for the diagnostic of Viral Hepatitis and also member of the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Advisory Group.

Dr. Harvey Attoh Touré, MD, MPH, Head of Immunization Service, National Institute of Public Hygiene, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Assistant Professor in Public Health - Preventive Medicine, specializing in preventive medicine, health promotion, health assessment. He is also an expert in vaccinology at the National Institute of Public Hygiene and is a member of the National Task Force for the Deployment of Vaccines against Covid-19 in Ivory Coast. Dr. Touré also works as Assistant Professor in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Félix Houphouët-Boigny University's Department of Public Health and medical doctor at the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP), Head of the Research and Training Department, and Head of Support Unit for Vaccine Activities. He serves as an international consultant (WHO, FHI, HKI, Sanofi  Pasteur, UCPS-World Bank); Member of the Ivorian  Society of Public Health (SISP); Member of the French Society of Public Health (SFSP); member of the Ivorian Society of Nutrition (SIN); member of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA); and member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

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