Announcing the Seventh Webinar in EMPHNET WEBi Series
EMPHNET is announcing the launch of the seventh webinar in its WEBi Series titled “The Role of Public Health Laboratories and Testing in the COVID-19 Response” which we will be hosting on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 17:00 to 18:30 Jordan Local Time (UTC+3).
This webinar, led by a panel of experts, sheds light on the importance of public health laboratories in fighting against the COVID-19 global pandemic and responding to the current crisis. To date, there are two main types of diagnostic tests, and the WHO has set guidelines for testing eligibility. However, testing strategies have varied across countries, ranging from early and advanced to delayed and limited which could be due to various constraints at country levels. The session will focus on the types of available tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19, their performance, the laboratory challenges, and limitations, alongside other issues.
The webinar session will focus on:
• Highlighting the importance of public health laboratories in COVID-19 response.
• Describing the available diagnostic tests including molecular, serological, and rapid tests.
• Discussing the safe handling of COVID-19 specimens in the public health laboratory.
• Highlighting the importance of antibody-based tests as another element of bio surveillance by enabling identification of people with past exposure to the virus.
• Identifying laboratory challenges and limitations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Participating experts include:
• H.E. Prof. Azmi Mahafzah, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Forensic Medicine, University of Jordan and Consultant Clinical Pathologist, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jordan University Hospital.
• Prof. George Araj, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center.
• Dr. Erin M. Sorrell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University, and member of the Center for Global Health Science and Security.
The session will be facilitated by Dr. Tarek Al-Sanouri, Disease Control and Prevention Team Leader, GHD|EMPHNET.
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We look forward to having you join us.