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"Journées des grands témoins" at Kinshasa

2015, February 23-28

The Master ECOM-ALGER, was established at the University of Kinshasa to optimize eco-health research strategies against infectious agents and other health risks. Prof. Jean-Jacques MuyembeDirected by Pr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, organized by Pr. Didier Bompangue and his team, the Master ECOM-ALGER was designed in close collaboration with the staff of the Chrono-environment department and the Master ECoS, as part of an inter-university convention joined by the Embassy of France in DRC. It trains students to integrate methods of ecology and epidemiology to analyze the causes of epidemics and ecosystem sensitivity to various environmental risks.

Since the master opening, students have renovated space, equipped with wifi and computers within the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kinshasa. These facilities are located near the Research and Training Unit in Ecology and Control of Infectious Diseases (URF-ECMI).

Training room at the Faculty of Medicine

The “Journées des Grands témoins”, as in the master ECoS, are one of the highlights of the training cursus. Students present and discuss their research topic with internationally recognized researchers. Pr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (RDC), Dr. Gudrun Bornette, Pr. Patrick Giraudoux, Pr Frédéric Mauny from the UFC/CNRS research unit Chrono-environment (France), were the great witnesses of this first promotion. 23 students, most health professionals already inserted in the epidemiological surveillance systems of the country, presented their research internship projects on Ebola, river blindness, plague, cholera, sleeping sickness, malaria, leprosy, shigellosis, bacteremia multidrug-resistant germs, yellow fever, tuberculosis, traffic accidents, natural hazards, etc.

The Congolese-French staff of the Master ECOM-ALGER with the students, in front of the Public Health School where the "Great witness days" were hold

Financially supported by the Master ECOM-ALGER and the Institut Universitaire de France, the visit was an important step for further international action. It brought together scientists from various contributing disciplines (ecology, geography, health sciences, etc.) to carry out basic and applied research in relations between ecology, environment and health, close to the field, in connexion with local stakeholders who have to cope with prevention and control in DRC.

Video presentation of the "Journées des Grands témoins" 2015

Congo river near Kinshasa

Journées des grands témoins 2016 at Kinshasa

February, 25-26

Pr. Jean-Marie KayembeThe second class of students of the Master ECOM-ALGER held the "Journées des Grands Témoins" 2016 on the campus of the University of Kinshasa.

Pr. Jean-Marie Kayembe, dean of the faculty of Medicine, introduced the meeting and underlined the importance of the Master ECOM-ALGER for his faculty, the first to comply already with the LMD standards and its international dimension in DRC.

Four "Grands témoins" conferences were given:

Pr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe INRB Lessons learned from the recent Ebola epidemics in Africa
Pr. Frédéric Mauny UBFC/CNRS - Chrono-environment From epidemiology to environment
Dr. Emmanuel Garnier CNRS Realities and challenges of the debate on climate from past to present
Pr. Patrick Giraudoux UBFC/CNRS - Chrono-environment, GDRI, IUF Global changes, small mammal ecology and their impacts on regional systems

The 23 students presented their own research projects including malaria, STD, typhoid perforation, occupational accidents, antibiotic resistance, nosocomial diseases, pian, schistosomiases, Buruli ulcer, diarrheic diseases, cholera, traffic accidents, chronic and acute malnutrition, monkey pox, pollution by pesticides, all health issues of major importance in DRC.

Great Witness days attendees

Journées des grands témoins 2017 at Kinshasa

March, 2-3

The third generation of graduate students of the Master ECOM-ALGER held the "Journées des Grands Témoins" 2017 on the campus of the University of Kinshasa. Five "Grands témoins" conferences were given:

Dir. Benoit Kebela Ilunga Direction du Ministère de la santé La surveillance épidémiologique des maladies en RDC : hier, aujourd’hui et demain
Pr. Patrick Giraudoux UBFC/CNRS - Chrono-environment, GDRI, IUF Équilibre écologique et santé des écosystèmes: entre mythe biologique et consensus social
Pr. Jean-Paul Gonzalez Center of Excellence for Emerging & Zoonotic Animal Disease, Kansas State University Conditions et territoire d’émergence des pathologies: évolution et permanence des acteurs
Pr. Léon Tshilolo Centre d’étude et de formation appliquée, hopital de Monkole, Université de Bujimay Drépanocytoses et infections
Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele OMS Les dernières recommandations de l’OMS sur la vaccination

From left to right: Benoit Kebela Ilunga, Patrick Giraudoux, Jean-Paul Gonzalez, Leon Tshilolo, Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele

More than 110 people attended the conferences and 22 student’s presentations. Students are now working in their respective host lab. The next meeting will be in July for the oral presentation of their work.

Dr. Didier Bompangue,
URF ECMI of the University of Kinshasa
UMR UFC/CNRS Chrono-environment

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