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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Tuesday, September 12 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
[IN-PERSON] Research Networks for Health Innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa (RHISSA) with DLR-PT, Germany (121402) FULL

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Dear Meeting Participants,

Please have a look at our session recording (link pasted on this site), and find the time slots that may be particularly interesting to you below. We hope that you appreciate the topics, which were health research incl. implementation approaches, African leadership, capacity building in 14 sub-Saharan African countries and Germany, networking and policy engagement as well as the panel discussion about how we can pave the way for positive change in health. We hope that you liked the session in case you had the chance to participate.

Please understand that the lower quality of the video (particularly the first 16 minutes) is caused by zooming in on the speaker, but the presentations are then of high quality.

Time in Video                 Agenda

00:00 – 02:00         Welcome by Manuela Rehtanz (Moderator), RHISSA Coordinator, DLR-PT

02:00 – 03:23         Welcome by Elisabeth Deus, Counsellor for Health Affairs, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York

03:30 – 16:35          Brian O'Connor “Digital Health in Africa”, Executive Chair, ECHAlliance

16:36 – 20:03          Introduction to the networks by Manuela Rehtanz

Network presentations

20:08 – 33:45           ADAPT: One Health

34:04 – 51:45           DASH: Adolescent health

51:47 – 1:07:32        NORA: Breast and cervical cancer

1:07:33 – 1:22:47     STAIRS: Sepsis

1:22:54 – 1:37:50     TAKeOFF: Lymphatic filariasis and podoconiosis

1:38:00 – 1:54:22     TB Sequel: Post tuberculosis lung disease

European Commission

1:55:02 – 2:07:44     Irene Norstedt, Director responsible for the People Directorate, DG for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Panel Discussion

2:07:53 – 3:22:02     Six network leaders and Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief of the journal “Nature” discuss
                                 “How can we achieve the SDGs and pave the way for positive change in health now?
                                  Followed by questions from the floor & chat

3:22:03 – 3:25:05      Brief wrap-up and recommendations

12:30    Admission to the building
13:00    Lunch and open exchange
14:00    Welcome by Manuela Rehtanz (Moderator)
             RHISSA Coordinator, DLR-PT
14:03    Welcome by Elisabeth Deus
             Counsellor for Health Affairs
             Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York
14:05    Brian O'Connor “Digital Health in Africa”
             Executive Chair, ECHAlliance
14:09    Introduction to the networks
14:15    Network presentations
15:45    Irene Norstedt
             Director responsible for the People Directorate, DG for Research and Innovation, European Commission
16:00    Panel discussion: “How can we achieve the SDGs and pave the way for positive change in health now?”
             Six network leaders and Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief of the journal “Nature”
16:40    Questions from the floor & chat and brief wrap-up
17:00    Open exchange with light food
17:45    Departure

Introduction & aims

“Research Networks for Health Innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa” (RHISSA) has been a major funding initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2016. Working in 14 sub-Saharan countries and Germany, five networks have improved treatments and diagnostic tests for tropical diseases, contributed to several WHO guidelines and participated in the local SARS-CoV-2 pandemic response during the first funding phase (2016-2022). The networks have also built and expanded research capacities and strengthened intra-African and African-German networking.

With this session, we aim to connect the six networks of the second funding phase (2023-2028) with key stakeholders to initiate discussions that might help optimize their research implementation, capacity strengthening and research uptake.


Under RHISSA, the networks will implement research programs that target neglected tropical diseases (filariasis, podoconiosis, onchocerciasis) and high-burden diseases (sepsis, breast and cervical cancer, post-tuberculosis lung disease) and address challenges around adolescent health and One Health (with a focus on antibiotic resistance). Through African-led partnerships between African and German academic and non-government organizations, the networks build and strengthen research capacity in 14 sub-Saharan countries and Germany, support the career development of junior and senior researchers and engage in discussions about research uptake. To address local and regional needs, the networks have aligned their research plans with regional policy strategies.

With their programs, the networks aim to contribute to the achievement not only of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all”, but also other SDGs, such as education, innovation, decent work, strong institutions, gender equality and partnerships for the goals.

The networks will present their plans across four work packages: research, capacity building, networking and policy engagement and research transfer.

We will conclude the session with a panel discussion about achieving SDG3 and other SDGs until 2030, about what has to follow and about how we can pave the way now for positive change in global health for all people.

Expected Outcomes
  • A fruitful discussion on what we can achieve in health until 2030 and beyond and on what we have to initialize now for positive change.
  • Increased visibility for the networks and their research topics
  • Interdisciplinary exchange with other researchers having similar goals, such as contributing to the achievement of the SDG3
  • Networking with stakeholders, such as government, industry and civil society representatives, interested in bringing research results into policy and practice

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Prof. Dr. Adamu Addissie

Associate Professor – Director of the network NORA, School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Adamu Addissie is a medical doctor, epidemiologist and bioethicist. He received his M.D. degree from Jimma University (Ethiopia); an M.P.H. from Addis Ababa University (AAU, Ethiopia); an M.A. in bioethics from the Universities of Leuven (Belgium), Nijmegen (the Netherlands), and... Read More →
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Prof Dr. Damalie Nakanjako

Principal of the College of Health Sciences – Director of the network ADAPT, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Damalie Nakanjako is a professor of medicine and the principal of the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University (Uganda), as well as the previous dean of the School of Medicine. She has over 22 years’ experience in HIV/AIDS care on different platforms. These include community... Read More →
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Dr. Mary Mwanyika Sando

Chief Executive Officer, African Academy for Public Health
Mary Mwanyika Sando is the chief executive officer of the Africa Academy for Public Health (AAPH, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). She has extensive experience in the design and implementation of maternal, child health, and nutrition programmes through her work with different institutions... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen

Director of the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health; Co-Director of the network DASH, Heidelberg University
Till Bärnighausen is an Alexander von Humboldt professor and the director of the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH, Medical Faculty and University Hospital, Heidelberg University, Germany).He is also a senior faculty member at the Wellcome Trust’s Africa Health Research... Read More →
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Brian O'Connor

Chair, ECHAlliance
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Brian developed his career as a consultant, manager and investor. He has worked in the UK, the US and Hong Kong and has significant experience as a company director in various industries.He has acted as a Corporate Recovery Advisor to companies with... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. Eva J. Kantelhardt

Head of the Global Health AG – Co-Director of the network NORA, Medical Faculty, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany
Since witnessing an Ethiopian friend develop breast cancer in 2007, Eva Kantelhardt has gained a greater realisation of the importance of oncology in Africa. She is a gynaecologist at University Medicine Halle (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany). After working on... Read More →
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Dr. Shevin Jacob

Chief Scientific Officer, STAIRS; Reader, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; Director/co-Founder, Walimu, Walimu
Dr. Shevin Jacob is the chief scientific officer for the sub-Saharan Africa ConsorTium for the Advancement of Innovative Research and Care in Sepsis (STAIRS). He is an infectious disease physician and Reader in Sepsis Research within the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Liverpool... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. Achim M. Hörauf

Director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology – Co-Director of the network TAKeOFF, Medical Faculty and University Clinic Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Achim Hörauf is the director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology at the University Hospital of Bonn, Germany. This institute serves as the hospital’s central infection lab, processing more than 120,000 patient samples every year. After earning... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. Alexander Yaw Debrah

Professor of Parasitology at the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences; Director of the network TAKeOFF, Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumas
Prof. Alexander Yaw Debrah is a Professor of Parasitology and Global Health. He holds PhD in Medical Parasitology. He joined KNUST as a lecturer since 2007, and has held a number of positions at KNUST including, Head of Department, Dean of Faculty of Allied Health Sciences and Acting... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. Salome Charalambous

Group Chief Science Officer – Director of the network TB Sequel, Implementation Research, The Aurum Institute Johannesburg, South Africa
Salome Charalambous is the group chief scientific officer at the Aurum Institute in South Africa. She is a medical doctor with an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). She has been involved in TB and HIV programme implementation... Read More →
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Dr. Andrea Rachow

Senior Scientist & Research Group Lead – Co-Director of the network TB Sequel, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Andrea Rachow graduated as a medical doctor in 2004. After completing clinical training as a specialist in internal medicine in Cologne and Berlin (Germany), she started her scientific career working as head of the Division of Clinical TB Research at the Mbeya Medical Research Center... Read More →
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Prof Dr. Uwe Truyen

Director of the Institute of Animal Hygiene and Veterinary Public Health – Co-Director of the network ADAPT, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany
After studying veterinary medicine in Germany (1981–1986), Uwe Truyen did his post-doctoral studies in Hanover and Munich and studied as a post-doctoral fellow in Colin Parrish’s lab at the Baker Institute of Cornell University (USA). He is currently a professor of animal hygiene... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. Torsten Feldt

Co-Director of the network STAIRS, Medical Faculty and University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany
Torsten Feldt is an infectious disease physician and head of the Tropical Medicine Unit at the University Hospital of Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. He is also the deputy director of the Hirsch Institute of Tropical Medicine in Asella, Ethiopia, and the deputy chairman... Read More →

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Co-Convenor: Dr. Theresa Köbe

Scientific Officer, DLR-PT – Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Center Berlin, Germany
Since 2021, Theresa Köbe has been working at the DLR Project Management Agency in the division of Global Health with a focus on Africa. As a scientific officer, she is responsible for the development and implementation of research programmes. She also advises her clients on policy... Read More →
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Convenor: Dr. Manuela Rehtanz

RHISSA Team Leader, DLR-PT – Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Center
As a molecular biologist, Manuela Rehtanz wrote her doctoral thesis on the activation of papillomavirus (PV) replication and gene expression. Since then, she has focused on infectious diseases, molecular virology, oncology and biochemistry in basic and applied research. In the USA... Read More →

Tuesday September 12, 2023 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT