Epicentre and Medicins Sans Frontieres

22nd Scientific Day, 31 May 2012, Paris, France

The last day of May 2012 saw the 22nd Scientific Day of Epicentre in Paris, France, in the beautiful setting of the Institut du Monde Arabe in the heart of the city, not far from the Notre Dame. Emmanuel Baron, Executive Director, Epicentre opened the Day explaining how presentations would detail study ideas that emerge from common assessments of the field situations, by both epidemiologists and medical care teams. It was an opportunity for me to find out more about this work, and to speak with a wide range of people about what we are doing in Evidence Aid.

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Emmanuel Baron opening the conference

Each session had three speakers, with topics covering diagnosis and detection, where Daniel Atwine talked about a new tool to diagnose patients with tuberculosis who are unable to produce sputum; baseline surveys and monitoring, with a description from Cathy Hewison of an analysis of culture conversion and time to culture conversion in multidrug resistant tuberculosis; responding to diarrheal diseases, in which Isabel Martinez-Pino explained the use of mapping to identify priority areas for intervention during a typhoid outbreak, and Rasheed Fakri describing his experience in reconstructing non-unions of the tibial and humeral fractures in war-wounded Iraqi civilians in the session titled ‘New research themes for Epicentre’.

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The lecture theatre at Institut du Monde Arabe

After a wonderful lunch on the 11th floor of the Institut, looking out over the whole of Paris, a round table, wide-ranging discussion explored ‘Operational consequences following mortality surveys and surveillance activities in different emergency contexts’ and ‘Preventing malnutrition in Niger: supplementary food and/or cash transfer’.  More information about Epicentre can be found here and here is a picture of the wonderful facade of the Institut La Monde du Arabe.