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With increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases rising daily, and increasing hospital admission and exposure rates, many healthcare providers are faced with the reality of treating or admitting COVID-19 cases, often with limited access to testing. There is therefore a need to rapidly educate Clinicians and health workers on the medical management of this condition.
People to People, Inc. (P2P) and Anadach Group hereby invite you to participate in the third session of our webinar series “Getting Children and Youth into School or College safely from the Medical Perspective”, drawing from countries earlier affected in the pandemic than most African countries. The goal of this webinar is to share clinical and management experience, and create a platform for healthcare professionals to interact on clinical management and related matters across several areas. Given that the clinical experience during the COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, it is important that clinicians are aware of the best ways to protect themselves and their patients during the pandemic.
The clinical spectrum of COVID-19 varies from asymptomatic or pauci-symptomatic forms, to clinical conditions characterized by respiratory failure that may necessitate mechanical ventilation and support in an ICU, to multi-organ and systemic manifestations in terms of sepsis, septic shock, and multiple organ dysfunction syndromes (MODS).
Several studies have found that overall, people under age 18 are between one-third and one-half as likely as adults to contract the virus, and the risk appears lowest for the youngest children. They also more likely to be asymptomatic, and less likely to be hospitalized and die than adults. Current evidence suggests that young people are less at risk in terms of developing severe physical health symptoms linked to COVID-19 than older age cohorts. However, the disruption in their access to education and employment opportunities as a result of economic downturn is likely to put the young generation on a much more volatile trajectory in finding and maintaining quality jobs and income. OECD estimates show that a lost school year can be considered equivalent to a loss of between 7% and 10% of lifetime income.
In the first quarter of this year, schools around the world slammed shut. By early April, 1.5 billion young people were staying home as part of broader shutdowns to protect people from contracting COVID-19. These drastic measures worked in many places, dramatically slowing the spread of the pandemic. However, governments, physicians and educators around the world were soon worried whether the school/college closures were doing more harm than good.
In several countries, cases of abuse increased and concerns about social development and longer-term impact of learning outcomes intensified – even in countries with widespread availability to virtual learning. Several countries have had different approaches to return to schooling (a few countries never shutdown). As the new school year approaches in several African countries – the issue of having children and youth return to school safely is an increasingly important issue. Reopening colleges and universities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic poses a special challenge worldwide.
Our series of webinars will cover issues of interest to physicians, nurses, other healthcare workers and management involved in directly managing COVID-19 cases in their respective countries. Most of the specialists practicing outside Africa also have experience in medical practice in at least one African country. The next (sixth) webinar in a fortnight will focus on Effective Public Health Measures including leveraging technology - Experience from several countries.
Please register to participate. And do share with relevant colleagues. Thank you.
Recording of previous webinars and presentations are available at:
H.E. Afework Kassu (Prof.) State Minister of Science and Higher Education, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka FAS, FNMGS, FNAPE, FGS, Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Dr Tomi Coker, Commissioner of Health, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria (TBC)
Dr. Nguyen Thi Lien Huong, Ph.D, General Director, Health Environment Management Agency, Ministry of Health, Hanoi City, Vietnam
Dr. Della Komla Adzosii, Pediatrician, Department of Child Health, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and member of the National COVID – 19 Management Team, Ghana
Bizu Gelaye, Ph.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts
Prof. Damtew Teferra, Professor of Higher Education, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Dr. Atinuke Uwajeh, Attending Pediatrician and Co-Founder, Pediatric Partners, Lagos Nigeria
Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, Professor of Molecular Epidemiology, College of Public Health, Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio
Dr. Abiola Senok, PhD FRCPath, Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences *(MBRU), Dubai, UAE
1.00 – 1.05 pm: Welcome/Introduction of Special Guests– Anadach/P2P
1.05 – 1.20 pm: Opening Remarks H.E. Afework Kassu (Prof.) State Minister of Science and Higher Education, Addis Ababa Ethiopia Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka FAS, FNMGS, FNAPE, FGS, Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan Nigeria
1.20 – 1.30 pm: Distinguished Speaker Dr. Tomi Coker, Commissioner of Health, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
1:30 – 1:40 pm: Returning Children to School Safely - the Vietnamese Experience - Dr. Nguyen Thi Lien Huong, Download the presentation
1:40 – 1:50 pm: Ensuring Ghanaian Children return to school safely- Dr. Della Komla Adzosii
1.50 – 2.10 pm: Interactive Discussion including questions from the audience Moderator – Prof. Abiola Senok
2:10 – 2:20 pm: Public Health Considerations of School Opening and Extended Closures – US Perspectives - Dr. Bizu Gelaye, Download the presentation
2.20 – 2.30 pm: Perspectives and Experience from the South African Higher Education Sector - Prof. Damtew Teferra
2:30 – 2:40 pm: Helping parents prepare their children return to school or college safely- Dr. Atinuke Uwajeh
2.40 – 3.00 pm: Interactive Discussion including questions from the audience Moderator - Prof. Wondwossen Gebreyes
3.00 – 3.05 pm: Thanks/Future Announcements - Anadach/P2P
Anadach Group LLC is a healthcare strategic consulting firm focusing on providing innovative advice and services to clients and partners interested in transforming healthcare systems in emerging markets and developing economies. Our mission is to dramatically improve access to quality healthcare services and products in emerging countries by enhancing the solutions to major challenges facing healthcare.
People to People (P2P) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care and reducing the spread of diseases, particularly in Ethiopia and in diaspora communities. P2P works to mobilize the global Ethiopian diaspora to play an active role in mitigating the impact of brain drain and to ignite a passion for realizing our shared responsibility to give back. Equipped with innovative ideas, valuable transnational networks, knowledge & expertise, strong values, and new technological skills, our network stands ready to take on many of the challenges facing communities and institutions in Ethiopia and elsewhere. There are currently more than 5,000 P2P members worldwide, including doctors and other professionals who strive to make a difference in the lives of others. P2P also holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO).