Scientific Day 2020

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Each year, Epicentre organises a Scientific Day during which the epidemiologist team reports on the works of the previous year. This event brings together MSF field players and world-renowned experts, and it is becoming a major meeting place to share knowledge and critical views on the practices and stakes of medicine in humanitarian situations.

Virtual Scientific Day

The current situation due to COVID-19 has not allowed us to maintain the Epicentre Scientific Day on site at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris. That is why we decided to virtualise our event, which took place on Thursday, 24th September 2020, from 9.00 am to 6 pm.



9:00 - Welcome and introductory remarks. Yap Boum II

9:15 - CoViD-19: pandemic of a novel virus (1)
Moderator: David Heymann, LSHTM, United Kingdom

  • Global overview of the CoViD-19 pandemic and within MSF missions. Anaïs Broban
  • CoViD-19 in Italy: epidemiological overview and support to an MSF-intervention. Silvia Mancini
  • CoViD-19 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon: epidemiological overview
    and patient characteristics. Birgit Nikolay
  • CoViD-19 in Herat, Afghanistan: epidemiological evolution. Flavio Finger

10:15 - Debate: Challenge studies: the price to pay?
Moderator: Marie-Paule Kieny, Inserm, France


  • Philip Bejon, KEMRI Wellcome trust, Kenya
  • Brigitte Autran, AP-HP, France
  • Selidji Agnandji, CERMEL, Gabon


11:00 - Break

11:15 - CoViD-19: Pandemic of a novel virus (2)
Moderator: Louis Penali, WWARN/ Institut Pasteur, Ivory Coast

  • Diagnostic testing: rapid tests evaluation, use and perspectives. Céline Langendorf
  • Seroprevalence of CoViD-19 antibodies and associated risk factors among people experiencing
    homelessness, Paris and suburbs. Thomas Roederer 

12:15 - Debate: The flood of scientific information: useful or counterproductive?
Moderator: Michaël Neuman, MSF-Crash, France


  • Korinna Hennig, NDR info, Germany
  • Sylvain Landry Birane Faye, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal
  • Yvon Le Flohic, general practitioner, France

13:00 - Break

14:15 - Focus on the Sahel
Moderator: Yap Boum II, Epicentre, Cameroon

  • Introduction: pandemic of CoViD-19 in the Sahel. Ousmane Guindo
  • Alert-COVID19-NE: an electronic platform for CoViD-19 surveillance in Niger. Robert Nsaibirni
  • Estimation of mortality and the size of the displaced population in Titao town, Burkina Faso. Brahima Touré
  • Reducing the frequency of follow-up in the treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition:
    an evaluation of weekly vs. monthly visits for access-limited settings. Sheila Isanaka

15:35 - Break

15:50 - General session
Moderator: Christine Jamet, MSF-Switzerland

  • Ebola virus disease
    • Description and epidemic control indicators of an Ebola virus disease epidemic
      in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Francesco Grandesso
    • Insights from an Ebola virus disease epidemic. Rebecca Coulborn
    • A second vaccine against the Ebola virus disease. Aboubacar Soumah
  • Real-life performance of dolutegravir, a game changer in HIV treatment. Birgit Schramm
  • Measles: massive and silent outbreaks. Etienne Gignoux

17:45-18:00 - Closing remarks. Emmanuel Baron


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