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ISNTD Connect

A series of online short meetings to learn, share and stay connected 

Launched during the COVID19 lockdown, when countless work places, universities, schools and public places worldwide had temporarily closed their doors and everything was a bit unknown, the ISNTD Connect series forged an international, online, professional and friendly network to continue knowledge-sharing, close some of the gaps left where ongoing research had been paused, and provide mutual support.


ISNTD Connect continues and is a forum and series of short meetings online, where researchers and professionals in the fields of tropical diseases and public health are able to present and discuss ongoing research and topics. These online meetings are open to all and free, and are scheduled to last from 30 minutes to 1h30, depending on the topics and speakers.

Please sign up to attend or speak! We are now calling for submissions of proposals for a short talk or panel discussion, focusing on all the major aspects of infectious and neglected tropical diseases, including basic science, diagnostics, therapeutics, drug discovery, WASH, vector control, science communication & public engagement, public health... and much more! 

Let's break down barriers and keep the science community connected!

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Dengue: Sri Lanka in focus

Dr Jagath Amarasekera (Consultant Community Physician, National Dengue Control Unit, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka)

Dr Lahiru Kodituwakku (Disaster Management Focal Point Medical Officer, National Dengue 
Control Unit, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka)


Prof Neelika Malavige (Head of Global Dengue Program, DNDi and Professor, Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, University of Sri Jayewardenepura) 

Dr Dinu Guruge (Consultant for Dengue Global Program (DNDi), Regional Epidemiologist City of Colombo and Head of Epidemiology and Statistics Unit, Public Health Department Colombo Municipal Council)

Wednesday 24th May 2023 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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ISNTD Café Connect: take a break and meet colleagues from around the world!  

Please come and join the informal ISNTD Café Connect to meet colleagues from around the world and share some of your own updates on your ongoing work! This week, we will be marking three years since the start of the COVID19 pandemic and the start of the ISNTD Connect series as part of our activities!

Thursday 30th March 2023

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Chagas disease and Human African Trypanosomiasis drug discovery: Trypanosoma cruzi glucokinase (TcGlcK) as a potential drug target  

Dr Edward D'Antonio (Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Structural Biology, University of South Carolina Beaufort)

Friday 17th March 2023 - 15:00-16:00 UTC 

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Lab to the field: molecular diagnostics in low resource settings with a specific focus on schistosomiasis

On behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance:

Dr Bonnie Webster (Natural History Museum, London)

Dr Andy Wende (Xpedite Diagnostics, Germany)

Dr Michael Frimpong (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases USA and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana)

Thursday 9th March 2023 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Novel approaches for fighting leishmaniasis 

Development of a Novel Cost-Effective Oral Amphotericin B Formulation to Treat Leishmaniasis in Vulnerable Populations

Prof Kishor M. Wasan (Co-Founder & Co-Director, Neglected Global Diseases Initiative, University of British Columbia NGDI-UBC)

Computer-aided drug design approaches applied to screen natural products for potential antileishmanial compounds

Dr. Miguel Angel Chávez Fumagalli (Head of the Computational Biology and Chemistry Research Group, Universidad Católica de Santa María, Peru)

Tuesday 28th February 2023 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


ISNTD Café Connect: take a break and meet colleagues from around the world!  

This will be the last ISNTD Connect of the year, and is a chance to socialise with colleagues from around the world! Log in, cameras on and introduce yourself and your field of work in a friendly and informal meeting. 

Thursday 15th December 2022

14:00-15:00 UTC

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Tackling snakebite and snakebite envenoming at the community level to mitigate disability worldwide 

Dr Agom D. Ibrahim (Medical doctor & founder of the Snakebite Control Network (S-CONET) Nigeria)

Moses Banda Aron (Partners In Health & Research Associate at the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine, Snake Envenoming Group)

Dr Priti Meena (Nephrologist, All India Institute of Medical Sciences)

Tuesday 6th December 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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The Geshiyaro Project
Breaking the transmission of soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis through WASH-NTD integration

Milkias Lakew (World Vision Ethiopia)

Endriyas Shobew (World Vision Ethiopia)

Tuesday 29th November 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Tackling the global threat of invasive fungal pathogens 

The WHO Fungal Priority Pathogens List 

Dr Hatim Sati (Technical Officer, Antimicrobial Resistance Division, World Health Organization)

The African experience with fungal infections

Dr Rita Oladele (Associate Professor, College of Medicine, University of Lagos)

Invasive fungal infections: focus on eumycetoma 

Prof Ahmed Hassan Fahal (Professor of Surgery, The Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum Sudan)

Anti-microbial resistance in fungal infections

Dr Tom Chiller (Chief, Mycotic Diseases Branch. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC) 

Wednesday 23rd November 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 


Diagnostic clinical trials for schistosomiasis: the example of freeBILy / Essais cliniques diagnostiques pour la schistosomiase: l'exemple de freeBILy

On behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA):

Govert van Dam (Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands)

Josiane Honkpehedji (Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné CERMEL, Lambaréné, Gabon)

Marie Jeannine Solonirina (Department of Microbiology & Parasitology, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar)

Monday 16th May 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Interpretation Français / English


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Delivering on Women's Health series - part 1

Integrating prevention of Female Genital Schistosomiasis into women’s healthcare services in Côte D’Ivoire

Dr Alain Claver Kouamin (Médecin, Chargé d'Etude, Chargé de la Chimiothérapie Préventive, Programme National de Lutte Contre les Maladies Tropicales Négligées a Chimiothérapie Preventive (PNLMTN-CP), Côte D’Ivoire)

Mr Baliadji Timite (Nurse, Soubré district, Côte d’Ivoire)

Dr Kane (Head Doctor, Soubré district, Côte d’Ivoire)

Ashley Preston (Associate Programme Advisor, SCI Foundation, UK)

Tuesday March 1st 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


Photo credit: Aka Aboubakhr Thierry Kouamé / SCI Foundation


Delivering on Women's Health series - part 2

The urgency and practicalities of integrating Female Genital Schistosomiasis into Women’s Health & primary care services

Prof Margaret Gyapong (Professor and Director, Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana) 

Delphine Pedeboy (Senior Partnerships Manager at Dimagi)

Dr Alain Claver Kouamin (Doctor and Coordinator of Preventive Chemotherapy, National Programme against Neglected Tropical Diseases with Preventive Chemotherapy, Cote D’Ivoire)

Dr Nanyangwe Siuluta (General Medical Officer, Zambart; Project Manager, Zipime Weka Schista!) 

Dr Bodo S Randrianasolo (MD K'Olo Vanona, Madagascar)

Tuesday March 8th 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Chromoblastomycosis, sporotrichosis & mycetoma: a WHO survey of global practices of diagnosis and drug treatments for subcutaneous mycoses

Dr Daniel Agraw Dagne (World Health Organization, Department of the Control of NTDs)


Prof David Denning (Global Action For Fungal Infections, GAFFI & WHO advisor for Sporotrichosis and Chromoblastomycosis)
Prof Flavio de Queiroz Telles (Federal University of Paraná, Brazil)

Prof F Rapelanoro Rabenja (President of the Malgascar Society of Dermatology, Madagascar)

Prof Ahmed Hassan Fahal (Mycetoma Research Center, WHO Collaborating Center)

Dr Guadalupe E. Estrada-Chavez (Dermatologist, Community Dermatology Mexico)

Prof Archana Singal (Head Of Department, Dermatology, University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, New Delhi, India)


Dr Marco Schito (CURE ID Drug Repurposing Collaboratory)

Thursday 17th February 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Climate sensitive infectious disease modelling tools: gaps & opportunities 

Dr Anna Stewart-Ibarra (Scientific Director, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, IAI)

Dr Sadie J. Ryan (Emerging Pathogens Institute and Florida Climate Institute, University of Florida)

Bilal Mateen (Senior Manager, Digital Technology, Wellcome Trust Data for Science and Health)

Dr Madeleine Thomson (Head of Impacts, Wellcome Trust Climate and Health Challenge)

Thursday 10th February 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Towards more human-centred healthcare 

Dr Talya Porat and Dr Weston Baxter 
Dyson School of Design Engineering
Imperial College London

Thursday 3rd February 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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World NTD Day: Bridging diagnostic gaps to defeat NTDs


FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics and the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) invite a panel of experts to discuss and share insights on:
• The needs for innovative NTD diagnostics
• The NTD diagnostic landscape and the critical R&D and access gaps to address
• How innovation and collaboration can bring us closer to our common goal

Dr Marta Fernández Suárez, Chief Technology Officer, FIND

Dr Dirk Engels, Senior Advisor, Uniting to Combat NTDs

Dr Daniel Argaw Dagne, Unit Head, Prevention, Treatment and Care, NTD Control
Department, WHO

Dr Laurent Fraisse, Research & Development Director, DNDi Biography

Dr Debbie Vermeij, Project Director CUIDA Chagas, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)

Tuesday 25th January 2022

13:30-14:45 UTC


World NTD Day: ISNTD Café Connect, take a break and meet colleagues from around the world!

Please join our Café Connect to share your journey and experience in NTDs in the past decade and into the next, on the occasion of the World NTD Day 2022 and the 10th anniversary of the London Declaration on NTDs.

Tuesday 25th January 2022

15:00-16:00 UTC


Experience of a Collaborative Project to Increase Access to Testing and Treatment for Chagas Disease in Colombia


Dr Colin Forsyth (Chagas Research and Project Manager, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative)

Thursday 20th January 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Meet the Author: “A Tale of a Man, a Worm and a Snail”

Prof Alan Fenwick OBE
Founder of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)
Professor Emeritus of Tropical Parasitology, Imperial College London 

Thursday 13th January 2022 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


ISNTD Café Connect: take a break and meet colleagues from around the world!  

This will be the last ISNTD Connect of the year, and is a chance to socialise with colleagues from around the world! Log in, cameras on and introduce yourself and your field of work in a friendly and informal meeting. 

Thursday 16th December 2021

14:00-15:00 UTC

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Citizen science and snail-borne diseases in Uganda: boosting data collection and empowering communities


Drs Julius Tumusiime (Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda)

Drs Mercy Gloria Ashepet (Royal Museum for Central Africa/KULeuven, Belgium)

Dr Tine Huyse (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium)

Bahungirehe Cruzestom (Citizen scientist, Uganda)

Thursday 9th December 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


What’s in the pipeline for mycetoma? Open science for new diagnostics & treatment


Dr Wendy van de Sande (Erasmus MC) 

Prof Matthew Todd (University College London School of Pharmacy)

Prof Ed Zijlstra (Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, DNDi)

Thursday 25th November 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Schistosomiasis in the Philippines: the struggle never stops

Dr Lydia R. Leonardo (Prof Emeritus, University of the Philippines / Director Office of Research Coordination, University of the East / The Philippine Department of Health)

Dr Mario Antonio Jiz II (Head, Immunology Department, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine)


Dr Ian Kendrich C. Fontanilla (Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines)

Tuesday 23rd November 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


Adventures in R and Predictive Artificial Intelligence for NTDs & Global Health

Dr Paula Moraga (Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

Dr Lucy Okell (School of Public Health, Imperial College London and Digital Diagnostics for Africa Network)

Darlington Akogo (minoHealth AI Labs & Digital Diagnostics for Africa Network)

Monday 22nd November 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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On the occasion of COP26:

Focus on climate change & neglected diseases

Rachel Tidman (OIE, World Organisation for Animal Health)

Dr Rachel Lowe (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health)

Dr Mark Booth (University of Newcastle)

Maximillian Godwin (Head of SADC Youth Task Force on NTDs)

Aloyce Urassa (ALMA Youth Advisory Council Chairperson)

Thursday 11th November 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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A framework for scabies control


Dr. Michael Marks (Vice-Chair International Alliance for the Control of Scabies; Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Honorary Consultant, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, UCLH London)

Thursday 14th October 2021 -  REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Accelerating development of diagnostics for NTDs: a virtual biobank to alleviate a critical bottleneck in test development and stimulate collaboration


Prof Joseph Ndung’u (Executive Director, FIND Kenya)

Dominic Allen (DxConnect Virtual Biobank Project Lead, FIND)


Dr Aubrey Cunnington (Digital Diagnostics for Africa Network & Imperial College London)

Thursday 7th October 2021 -  REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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It’s viral: lessons from social media and vaccine hesitancy


Prof Heidi J. Larson (Founding Director, Vaccine Confidence Project, LSHTM and Advisory Council, Vaccine Confidence Fund)

Dr Shaffi Fazaludeen Koya (Global Institute of Public Health, Kerala, India and Boston University School of Public Health)

Prof Charles Shey Wiysonge (Director of Cochrane South Africa and South African Medical Research Council)

Dr Steven Lloyd Wilson (Brandeis University and Digital Society Project) 

Tuesday 28th September 2021 -  REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Biological control of schistosomiasis: potential, evidence and the way forward


Prof Giulio de Leo (Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment)

Dr Susanne Sokolow (Executive Director, Stanford Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment)


Dr Nana Rose Diakité (Laboratoire de Biologie et Santé, Université Félix Houphouët Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire)

Tuesday 14th September 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Developing New Diagnostics for Neglected Tropical Diseases with the Community and Key Stakeholder


Prof Salome Bukachi (Institute of Anthropology, Gender and Africa Studies, University of Nairobi)

Laura Donovan (Senior Research Officer, Malaria Consortium)

Tuesday 27th July 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Digital diagnostics technology to transform healthcare delivery in Africa

Dr Francis Krampa (West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, WACCBIP,  University of Ghana)

Dr Nicolas Moser (Research Associate, Centre of Bio-Inspired Technology, Imperial College London)

Thursday 1st July 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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The rat lungworm, a One Health puzzle

Dr. Claudia Paredes Esquivel (Laboratory of Zoology. Department of Biology, University of the Balearic Islands)

Thursday 3rd June 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Nutrition & malaria: an integrated approach for effective case management

Ms Amita Chebbi (Senior Director, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance - Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network, APLMA-APMEN)

Dr Lola Dare (Board Member of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, President of CHESTRAD
Global Development Synergies)

Dr Roland Kupka (Regional Nutrition Adviser, UNICEF East Asia & Pacific Regional Office)

Friday 28 May 2021 (World Nutrition Day) - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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The role of vaccines in the elimination of schistosomiasis

Prof Robert Bergquist (Swiss TPH and Editor-in-Chief Geospatial Health)

Dr Klodeta Kura (NTD Modelling Consortium / Imperial College London / London Centre of Neglected Tropical Disease Research)

Dr Benjamin Collyer (Imperial College London)


Tuesday 18th May 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Another dengue fever outbreak in Eastern Ethiopia: an emerging public health threat

Mulugeta Asefa Gutu (Ethiopian Public Health Institute)

Ryan E. Tokarz (Centers for Disease Control Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) 

Thursday 6th May 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Comparative dissection of the peripheral olfactory system of Chagas disease vectors

Florencia Campetella
Research Group Olfactory Coding, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Thursday 29th April 2021 - 13:00-14:00 UTC - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Zero Malaria Starts with Prevention 

Dr Beatrice Greco (Head of R&D and Access, Global Health Institute, Merck) - As One Against Malaria - REPLAY

Daniel Oppong (Managing Director, LivFul Africa) - Malaria Prevention Strategies: are we doing enough? - REPLAY

Prof Isaac Quaye (President, Pan African Ovale and Vivax Network (PAVON), Regent University, Ghana) - P. vivax emergence in Africa: a ticking time bomb? - REPLAY

Prof Abraham Anang (Director Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana) - Healthcare system strengthening through capacity building - REPLAY


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Sustainable supply chains and the SDGs

Pauline Potter (Supply Chain & Sustainability Expert, Efficio Consulting) - Delivering sustainability ambitions through procurement - replay available here

Didier Dayen (Senior Director Global Advanced Planning & Centre of Expertise, Supply Network Operations, Global Healthcare Operations, Merck) - Sustainable Supply Chains - replay available here

Elizabeth Amuli (Programs Specialist Tanzania, Business for Health Solutions) - Increasing healthcare access in Africa by building local private sector supply chain, replay available here

Michelle Seidel (Senior Advisor Immunization & Team Lead Immunization Supply Chain, UNICEF) - Supply Chain Strengthening - replay available here

Thursday 15th April 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


Schistosomiasis in Malawi: future control isn’t quite like it used to be

On behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance:

Dr Sekeleghe Kayuni (Department of Tropical Disease Biology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Medical Aid Society of Malawi (MASM)

Dr Lazarus Juziwelo (National Programme Manager for Schistosomiasis and STH, Ministry of Health Malawi)

Dr Janelisa Musaya (Associate Professor, University of Malawi and Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW)

Prof Russell Stothard (Professor of Medical Parasitology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Wednesday 7th April 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Point-of-care infrared thermal imaging in snakebites 

Dr Tamilarasu Kadhiravan

Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Tuesday 16th March 2021 - 14:00-15:00 UTC


Introducing the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Youth Task Force on Neglected Tropical Diseases 

- Maximillian Godwin (Head of SADC Youth Task Force on NTDs) - Unpacking the SADC Youth Task Force on NTDs

- Bora Kaumba (SADC Youth Parliament Co-Chair) - The 2nd SADC Youth Forum Declaration & its recommendations on NTDs

- Misheck Gondo (SADC Youth Forum, SAYoF-SADC, Regional Coordinator) - The Role of Young People in Fighting NTDs

Thursday 11th March 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Panel event on International Women's Day 2021:

#ChooseToChallenge inequity in NTD research: why we need more African women in NTD research and what we can do about it 

Ms Mariam Otmani Del Barrio (Scientist Lead on Gender Research at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, TDR, Geneva, Switzerland)

Prof Margaret Gyapong (Professor and Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana) 

Dr May Sule (Senior Research Associate in Water Quality, Climate and Health, at University of Oxford & Imperial College London, UK) 

Dr Stella Kepha (Research Scientist at Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya) 

Ms Chinenye Afonne (PhD student and TDR Fellow at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana and Field Manager at the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research Unit, IAMRAT, University of Ibadan, Nigeria) 

Dr Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela (Director of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland)


Monday 8th March 2021, REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE