MSF Scientific Days South Asia 2017 agenda

MSF Scientific Days South Asia 2017 agenda


27th May 2017 | New Delhi | AISF Building, Lajpat Nagar-IV


09.00 – 09.20   Registration and breakfast

09.20 – 09.30   Welcome and introduction

Philipp du Cros, MSF



Session 1

09.30 – 10.30   Antimicrobial resistance

CHAIR: Unni Karunakara, Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University

  • Investigation of a reported increase in mortality due to neonatal sepsis in a neonatal unit in Pakistan: a case of antibiotic resistance

Tambri Housen, MSF

  • Antibiotic prescribing for respiratory illness in paediatric outpatients: a baseline study in Asansol health district in West Bengal, India

Valay Naresh Ashara, MSF


Panel discussion: Antimicrobial resistance

Speaker 1: Alan de Lima Pereira, Medical Coordinator, MSF

Speaker 2: Sirenda Vong, AMR Regional Focal Point, WHO

Speaker 3: Philip Mathew, ReAct Asia Pacific


Session 2

10.30 – 11.15  Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

CHAIR: Rupak Singla, Head, Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases, National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases

  • Comparing shorter with conventional MDR-TB treatment in Uzbekistan: 2-month culture-conversion rates and treatment outcomes

Philipp du Cros, MSF

  • Beyond 'cure' and 'treatment success': quality of life of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients in Mumbai, India

Chinmay Laxmeshwar, MSF

  • The MSF home-based multidrug-resistant tuberculosis care model in Manipur, India: a preliminary analysis from a low-resource setting

Himanshu Mohan Kumar, MSF


11.15 – 11.45  Morning break


Session 3

11.45 – 12.30  Infectious diseases

CHAIR: Suman Rijal, Director of DNDi Regional Office, DNDi India


  • High rates of hepatitis C co-infection and advanced chronic hepatitis among HIV cohorts in MSF programmes in Myanmar

Nyan Lynn Tun, MSF

  • Increased hepatitis C virus co-infection and risk behaviours in HIV-infected fishermen in Myanmar

Win Le Shwe Sin Ei, MSF

  • Cross-sectional surveys in Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia, and Sudan to understand visceral leishmaniasis treatment seeking, diagnosis, treatment, and household economic burden

Vikas Aggarwal, KalaCORE


12:30 - 13.30  Lunch and demonstration session 

  • Population assessment tool (PAT): an asset for community engagement strategies and activities;
  • Evaluating electronic survey platforms


Session 4

13.30 – 13.55   KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research

13.55 – 14.45   Panel discussion: Climate change and environmental health

CHAIR: Navroz Dubash, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Speaker 1: Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Speaker 2: Jyotsna Puri, Head of the Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund


14.45 – 15.15  Afternoon break


Session 5

15.15 – 16.30  Overlooked populations

CHAIR: Leena Menghaney, Regional Head, MSF Access Campaign, South Asia


  • Interim report on the use of a short, simplified regimen for the treatment of children with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan

Jemma Taylor, MSF

  • Clinical and immuno-virological characteristics of HIV-infected adolescents on ART in Myanmar

Nan Nwe Yin Soe, MSF

  • ‘Working to stay healthy’: health seeking behaviour in two low-resource communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh: a qualitative study

Jeroen van der Heijden, MSF

  • Expectations of perfect adherence: a qualitative study to explore treatment failure amongst Malawian adolescents living with HIV

Rose Burns, Epicentre

  • Online harassment: Implication on the mental health of women globally, based on a review of Digital Rights Foundation's (DRF) operations in Pakistan

Jannat Fazal, Digital Rights Foundation


Session 6

16.30 – 17.15  Research in emergency settings

CHAIR: Unni Karunakara, Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University

  • Emergency-room activities of an MSF-supported hospital in Yemen over 1 year

Kalyani Sundari, MSF

  • Minds subjected to immutable violence In Yemen: A descriptive analysis of mental health support in acute conflict settings

Nishanth Arulappan, MSF

  • Reactive and pre-emptive vaccination strategies to control Hepatitis E infection in emergency and refugee settings: a modelling study

Ruby Siddiqui, MSF


17.15 – 17.30  Closing remarks

Santhosh Kumar, Board Member, South Asia Regional Association (SARA)


17.30 – 18.30  Refreshments