Register now for the ICAN congress – the premier infection control meeting in Africa

The sixth international Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN) conference takes place from 25 to 28 September at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg. Register now for this one-of-a-kind event. The early bird deadline is 4 July. The closing date for abstract submissions is 31 May.
ICAN is the largest infection control organisation in Africa with membership in 24 countries. It has gone from strength to strength in education, training and extensive networking across Africa and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Register now for the ICAN congress – the premier infection control meeting in Africa

Register now for the ICAN congress – the premier infection control meeting in Africa

Register now for the ICAN congress – the premier infection control meeting in Africa


“This year’s congress builds on the successes of previous ICAN conferences in Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa with a distinguished line-up of African and international faculty. The scientific programme blends keynote addresses and state-of-the-art lectures from international experts, with plenary sessions that not only address global matters, such as antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, but also African issues like Ebola and water-borne diseases. Those countries that are in the process of establishing national infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes will have the opportunity to share their experiences with colleagues across the continent. There are several free paper and poster sessions for young scientists to hone their skills in presenting their research from Africa and beyond,” says Professor Shaheen Mehtar, ICAN chair.
ICAN supports young African scientists at these international conferences and offers several bursaries and scholarships for high-quality abstracts to be presented as posters and oral presentations – there is a prize for the Best Poster and Best Oral Presentation. This year ICAN has established a mentorship programme for improving the quality of submitted abstracts to prepare them for publication in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (ARIC), an ICAN-affiliated journal under the able editorship of Professor Andreas Voss.
Professor Val Robertson, chair of the ICAN conference scientific committee, elaborates on what promise to be some of the conference highlights, notably the keynote presentations. “Professor Dilip Nathwani, OBE, from the United Kingdom will present the opening keynote address on antimicrobial stewardship. Following this, there will be an antimicrobial track addressing the challenges and solutions for establishing stewardship in Africa run in collaboration with the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), Federation of Infectious Diseases of Southern Africa (FIDSSA) and ICAN. The track will consist of a plenary session followed by a workshop to discuss the setting up of such programmes in other African countries. The WHO’s presence in this vital track is anticipated.”
Professor Didier Pittet is a world-renowned leader who has spearheaded the most successful global hand hygiene campaign. He will deliver a keynote presentation on the subject with his usual flair and enthusiasm. Professor Benedetta Allegranzi, the head of the newly established Global IPC Unit at WHO headquarters, will address the topic of IPC structures and Africa.
The Yves Chartier Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Margaret Montgomery, the lead in Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) at the WHO. “This newly recognised gap in IPC infrastructure will give an insight into links between WASH and IPC and how these can be strengthened.”
Other state-of-the-art lectures will include one on antimicrobial stewardship by Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP). He is a recognised authority on the topic. Water-related infectious diseases will be the subject of a talk by a distinguished African speaker. The role of bats in emerging infectious diseases will be the focus of a thought- provoking talk by Professor Wolfgang Preiser, Head of Virology at Stellenbosch University.
In addition, the conference will address current topics such as IPC education, mother and child infections, disinfection and sterilisation (a major concern in Africa), environmental cleaning, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERSCoV) and tuberculosis. Drawing on the Ebola experience, the role of the community in containing outbreaks will be discussed.
To facilitate attendance by nurses, young scientists and students of IPC, the conference fee has been greatly reduced but early registration is required. Likewise, early submission of abstracts is encouraged in order to qualify for the bursaries and scholarships available to attend the conference.
Concluding, Professors Mehtar and Robertson invite delegates to actively participate, join the network of young scientists, communicate and interact with IPC global leaders, present their research and learn more about IPC in Africa.

 

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