Université de Bordeaux
COVID-19 in AfricaJune 22nd – June 26th, 2020

Timetable & learning outcomes

This summer school consists of 5 half-day sessions of distance training, alternating thematic and methodological interventions from internationally recognized experts in public health & epidemiology, economics, political sciences and anthropology. Speakers will share their unique insight into the issues raised by and consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic in Africa.

Participants will also be expected to collaborate within multidisciplinary working groups on a multidisciplinary project or policy brief that addresses some of the challenges raised by the COVID-19 epidemic in specific African countries. Each group will present their project on the last day.

The program offers a variety of learning experiences, including: interactions with scientists and key actors in the fight against the pandemic in Africa as well as in Europe, interactions within a multidisciplinary and international group of students, live distance learning sessions, possibly recorded and commented sessions, distance group work, reverse teaching and oral presentations.

Tentative program 

Please note: sessions will take place between 13.00 and 18.00 CEST each day. 

 

Monday

June 22nd

Tuesday

June 23rd

Wednesday

June 24th

Thursday

June 25th

Friday

June 26th

 13.00 - 14.20

Welcome and introduction 

 13.00 - 14.00

African integration in regional and international markets at the times of the COVID-19
Dr. A. Bouet, Dr. D. Laborde Debucquet

13.00 - 14.00 

Clinical research methods 
Dr. O. Marcy

13.00 - 14.00

 Risks
Prof. D. Darbon

13.00 - 16.00

Oral presentations and discussions    

 14.20 - 14.30

Break

14.00 - 15.00

Economic methods
Dr. T. Bernard, Dr. E. Rougier 

14.00 - 15.00 

COVERAGE clinical trial in Burkina Faso
 Prof. A. Poda

14.00 - 15.00

Food and nutrition security in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. G. T. Abate

 14.30 - 15.30

Epidemiological and clinical aspects of COVID-19: an update 6 months after its discovery?
 Dr. D. Nguyen

 15.00 - 15.30

Break

 15.00 - 15.30

Break

15.00 - 15.30 

Break

 15.30 - 16.30

Challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 response: experiences from Togo
Prof. D. K. Ekouevi

15.30 - 16.30

The South African response to COVID-19 and lessons from the HIV pandemic
Prof. F. Viljoen

 

 15.30 - 16.30

Political issues
Dr. F. Eboko

15.30 - 17.00 

Group work 

 16.30 - 17.30

Group work 

16.30 - 18.00

Group work

 16.30 - 17.30

Group work

 16.00 - 17.00

Debrief and closure

Expertise upon completion

Participants will have access to the most recent data and knowledge on the COVID-19 epidemic in Africa, as well as fresh insights into public policy processes, development challenges, and multidisciplinary interventions that aim to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in African contexts.

They will also have the opportunity to interact and connect with the experts, researchers and professors participating in the summer school.

A digital certificate of participation will be awarded to students upon completion of the course.

Why Bordeaux?

Since 1959, the African continent has been one of the key focus areas of the University of Bordeaux. Over the years, a number of research centers, Master and PhD diplomas as well as leading research programs have been developed, in collaboration with exceptional research teams, in the fields of public health and epidemiology (Bordeaux Population Health Center – IDLIC team / Inserm U1219; Bordeaux School of Public Health / ISPED), economics (Theoretical and Applied Economics Research Group – GREThA), political sciences, geography and anthropology (Les Afriques dans le Monde – LAM / Sciences Po Bordeaux). Strong partnerships also exist with a number of African universities and research institutions. Thanks to this unique association of academic and scientific facilities and collaborations, the University of Bordeaux has developed significant knowledge and ambition in terms of research and action with and for the African continent.

Building on the expertise acquired during the most recent Ebola virus outbreaks, over 37 projects on COVID-19 have been funded and launched within the Bordeaux Population Health Center, in the fields of epidemiology, immunology and clinical research, both in France and in Africa.

Researchers at Les Afriques dans le Monde are also studying political governance, risk management and public policies in the current COVID-19 crisis.

Finally, following over a decade of research on food insecurity and economic activity in African countries, researchers in economics (GREThA) are currently assessing the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on agricultural production in rural areas, and informal entrepreneurship in urban settings in Africa.



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