25th LEAP Platform Meeting

3-4 October 2018 
Kampala, Uganda

The theme of the 25th LEAP Platform Meeting is “Improving Access to Treatments for Leishmaniasis Patients through Partnerships“.

 

Opening session

Date: Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Time: 8:30-9:00

Welcome and introduction

Joseph Olobo, Makerere University, Uganda

Introductory remarks

Asrat Hailu, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Monique Wassuna, Director, DNDAfrica, Kenya

Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director, DNDi, Switzerland

 

Sessions

LEAP@15 – The past, the present & the future

Time: 9:00-10:40

Chairs: Eltahir Khalil Gasim, Institute of Endemic Diseases (IEND), University of Khartoum, Sudan & Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, NTD Director, DNDi, Switzerland

History of LEAP
Monique Wassuna, Director, DNDAfrica, Kenya

Current situation: Leish in Africa
Eltahir Khalil Gasim, Institute of Endemic Diseases (IEND), University of Khartoum, Sudan

DNDi strategy for visceral leishmaniasis
Fabiana Alves, Head of Visceral Leishmaniasis Clinical Programme, DNDi, Switzerland

New Chemical Entities: Overview of the NCEs portfolio development
Charles Mowbray, Discovery Director, DNDi, Switzerland

 

Translating evidence into policy

Time: 11:00-13:00

Chairs: Alfred Mubangizi & Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, NTD Director, DNDi, Switzerland

HIV/VL situation in Ethiopia
Asrat Hailu, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Access to leishmaniasis treatment in Africa: WHO perspective
José Ruiz Postigo, World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland

Regulatory issues: Situational overview of regulatory harmonization in Africa
Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda, NEPAD, South Africa

Quality of ethics review and harmonization
Stephen K. Karimi, National Council for Science & Technology (NACOSTI), Kenya
Access and advocacy: Access to VL treatment in eastern Africa: KalaCORE’s experience–what we need to know
Duncan Ochol, IMA World Health, South Sudan

Respondent: Yibeltal Abeje Melese, EFMHACA, Ethiopia

 

Country Updates

Time: 14:00-16:00

Chairs: Eyasu Mekonnen, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & Jane Mbui, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya

Overview of VL activities in Ethiopia
Asrat Hailu, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Overview of VL activities in Kenya
Jane Mbui, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya
Overview of VL activities in Sudan
Ahmed Musa Mudawi, Institute of Endemic Diseases (IEND), University of Khartoum, Sudan
Overview of VL activities in Uganda
Joseph Olobo, Makerere University, Uganda

Overview of VL activities in South Sudan
Lexson Mabrouk Madibe, Ministry of Health, South Sudan

Overview of VL activities in Somalia
Mohammed Fuje, WHO, Somalia
Mycetoma in Sudan
Ahmed Fahal, Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum, Sudan

 

AfriKADIA Project

Time: 16:00-17:00

Chairs: Fabiana Alves, Head of Visceral Leishmaniasis Clinical Programme, DNDi, Switzerland & Jorge Alvar, Senior Leishmaniasis Advisor, DNDi, Switzerland

EDCTP/Afri-KA-DIA Project overview (including WP4)
Jorge Alvar, Senior Leishmaniasis Advisor, DNDi, Switzerland

WP1 – PM/MF Clinical Trial
Ahmed Musa Mudawi, Institute of Endemic Diseases (IEND), University of Khartoum, Sudan
WP2 – Diagnostic
Isra Cruz, FIND, Switzerland

WP3 – Capacity Building
Joy MalongoLEAP/EU FP7 Coordinator, DNDAfrica, Kenya

 

PKDL

Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018
Time: 8:00-9:10

Chairs: Jorge Alvar, Senior Leishmaniasis Advisor, DNDi, Switzerland & Ed Zijlstra, Senior Consultant, DNDi

PKDL in Asia – the context of VL Elimination programme and the role of PKDL in transmission
Jorge Alvar, Senior Leishmaniasis Advisor, DNDi, Switzerland

PKDL in Sudan
Brima Younis, Institute of Endemic Diseases (IEND), University of Khartoum, Sudan

Leishmania vaccine candidate ChAd63-KH – initial results and development plan
Ahmed Musa Mudawi, Institute of Endemic Diseases (IEND), University of Khartoum, Sudan

PKDL Target Product Profile
Fabiana Alves, Head of Visceral Leishmaniasis Clinical Programme, DNDi, Switzerland

 

Capacity strengthening

Time: 9:30-10:30

Chairs: Yalemtsehay Mekonnen, College of Natural Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Update on the IDDO VL Data Sharing Platform
Michael OchiengInformation Systems Manager, DNDAfrica, Kenya

DC After 14 Years: Challenges and Opportunities
Raymond Omollo, Head of Data Center, DNDAfrica, Kenya
Standardization of GFP
Simon Bolo, Regional Operations Leader, DNDAfrica, Kenya
2nd LEAP Scientific Conference – formation of working groups
Jorge Alvar, Senior Leishmaniasis Advisor, DNDi, Switzerland
Monique Wassuna, Director, DNDAfrica, Kenya
Way forward, action points and wrap up of meeting
Joy MalongoLEAP/EU FP7 Coordinator, DNDAfrica, Kenya

Close meeting
Asrat Hailu, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Joseph Olobo, Makerere University, Uganda
Monique Wassuna, Director, DNDAfrica, Kenya

 

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