CAPTURA project presented during the annual IVI state forum

On October 11, 2019 The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) hosted the annual State Forum at their headquarters in Seoul, showcasing the impact of IVI’s international cooperation in low- and middle-income countries.

The high-level meeting was attended by 30 distinguished guests, including 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as ambassadors and top diplomats in Seoul, and senior Korean government officials.

H.E. Ban Ki-moon who attended the forum in person congratulated IVI on its 22nd anniversary, noting the organization’s strides in advancing global health, particularly for the world’s most vulnerable people.

As part of the forum’s session on IVI’s various collaboration project models, IVI Scientist Dr. Marianne Holm gave an overview of the CAPTURA project to the invited guests. Several of the attendees were representing countries that the CAPTURA project is already working with and this occasion proved an excellent opportunity for further elaborations and discussions on the purpose and value of the CAPTURA project as well as the wider Fleming Fund supported activities across the region.

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IVI State Forum 2019

CAPTURA presentation by Marianne

CAPTURA’s second workshop held in Kathmandu, Nepal

On June 17-18, another CAPTURA workshop was organized in Kathmandu, Nepal, to engage with stakeholders from Nepal and Bhutan.

The Nepalese attendees included officials and affiliates from the Ministry of Health and Population, and representatives from the Fleming Fund’s Country Grantee (FHI 360) and WHO Country Office. For Bhutan, officials and affiliates from the Ministry of Health and Drug Regulatory Authority flew to Kathmandu to join the workshop.

At each country workshop a general and technical overview of the CAPTURA project were given followed by presentations on the countries’ current AMR surveillance systems including efforts to collect AMU and AMC data. Discussed in depth were collaborative opportunities such as capacity building activities, and the importance of aligning the project with current efforts to avoid duplication of work and strengthen HR capacities. Post-workshop meetings were also organized with Nepalese stakeholders, enabling the consortium to further understand how collaboration can be planned. A separate delegation from the CAPTURA consortium also visited Thimphu, Bhutan to hold a WHONET workshop with laboratory and IT teams of the National Referral Hospital. As recommended by the Nepalese and Bhutanese stakeholders from the workshops, the consortium is currently preparing documents to be submitted to the countries in hope to result in a successful agreement for collaboration.

Second workshop in Nepal with stakeholders from Nepal

Second workshop in Nepal with stakeholders from Bhutan

CAPTURA consortium visits Sri Lanka

CAPTURA consortium members visited Sri Lanka in mid-June, 2019 to meet with stakeholders involved in AMR efforts in the country. Meetings were arranged with representatives from the Laboratory Services at the Director General of Health Services and Medical Supplies Division within the Ministry of Health, WHO Country Office, Sri Lanka’s Medical Research Institute (MRI), and the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Through this opportunity, the CAPTURA project was introduced to AMR stakeholders, and collaborative opportunities were discussed. Additionally, WHONET trainings on data entry and analysis were provided to microbiologists at MRI and the Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital.

Meeting with stakeholders involved in AMR efforts in the country

A kick off meeting to kick start the CAPTURA project

On May 27th and 28th, partners of the CAPTURA Consortium and supporters of the project gathered at the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) in Seoul, South Korea to have the project kick off meeting.

In addition to gathering all consortium partners, the meeting was attended by members of the CAPTURA Scientific Advisory Group (SAG), and the Mott MacDonald regional Fleming Fund coordinators. The kick off meeting was essential in establishing a collective understanding of the project, from administrative details to overview of the work plan, and in organizing the upcoming country work. Other topics such as strengthening communication between partners and ways to effectively engage with stakeholders were also discussed.

As a result of the meeting the consortium partners gained valuable scientific recommendations and information for planning the work ahead.

Read more about the kick off meeting at here

CAPTURA kick off meeting at the International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, South Korea

The 1st CAPTURA workshop in Vientiane Lao PDR

The first CAPTURA workshop held in Vientiane Lao PDR on May 14-15.

At the workshop, which included a large group of stakeholders involved in AMR efforts in the country, the CAPTURA consortium partners introduced the CAPTURA project and also learned more about the country’s current efforts to strengthen antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance.

Some of the key discussions were on the importance of capacity strengthening in laboratories and human resources, and of coordination with multi-sectoral stakeholders, to effectively tackle AMR and improve the understanding of antimicrobial resistance and stewardship in the country.

The workshop also included a WHONET software training session at the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE) with representatives from NCLE, Setthathirath and Mahosot Hospitals.

Following up with the discussions at the workshop, some of our consortium partners were able to meet with individuals from the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital Wellcome Trust Research Unit (LOMWRU), Lao-Korea Children’s Hospital, Mittaphab Hospital, WHO country office, and Food and Drug Department (FDD) to understand how CAPTURA can best collect and assist in analyzing retrospective AMR data in Laos. This trip to Vientiane marked the start of the country visits for the consortium partners, and conversations regarding partnership with stakeholders are currently in progress.

AMR stakeholder workshop at Crowne Plaza, Vientiane, Lao PDR