Congress 2017

Welcome & Committee

Welcome from the Conference Chair

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 7th FIDSSA Conference, 9-11 November 2017. The congress will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. For the first time FIDSSA will partner with the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) in co-sponsored plenary sessions.

The congress will address a large and comprehensive spectrum of hot topics, focusing on a variety of critical issues, some of which include:
  • A spotlight on Infection Prevention
  • Managing infections in adolescents and pregnant women
  • Drug-Resistant infections (in partnership with ESCMID)
  • Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases (in partnership with ISID)
We have an impressive faculty of local and international speakers who will address a wide range of topics and give our delegates an excellent opportunity to interact with these world experts. Topics to be addressed by international speakers include:
  • Surveillance of Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: Professor Larry Madoff (USA)
  • African viruses flourishing in the diaspora: Professor Oyewale Tomori (Nigeria)
  • Measles eradication: Professor David Durrheim (Australia)
  • Neonatal sepsis and drug-resistant infections: Professor Mike Sharland (UK)
  • Management of Gram-negative infections: Professor Jesus Rodrequez-Bãno (Spain)
  • Challenges of managing HIV in adolescents: Dr Tariro Makadzinge (Zimbabwe)
  • Infection control for both the public and private sectors (with a specific focus on engineering for PTB transmission): Professor Edward Nardell (USA)
  • Prevention of hospital-acquired infections: Professor Stephen Harbath (Switzerland)
  • Genital microbiome: Professor Jacques Raavel (USA)
In addition to these topics covered by international speakers, local faculty members will address a variety of topics. Some of the highlights of this conference include parallel sessions on the following topics:
  • Antimicrobial Research and Development
  • Diagnostics and new technologies for infections
  • New insights to viral hepatitis
  • Fungal Infections
  • Shifting borders in travel Medicine
This congress gives the infectious disease community the opportunity to reflect, share experiences and review evidence-based interventions. The broad range of topics covered presents an excellent educational opportunity for delegates at the congress.

We look forward to seeing you in November and to enjoy this exciting programme that we have prepared for you.

A/Professor Sipho Dlamini
Congress Chair
Welcome from the FIDSSA President

On behalf of the Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa, I would like to invite you to join us for the 7th FIDSSA Congress, 9-11 November 2017 in South Africa’s mother city, Cape Town. The Congress will be held at the newly built, Century City Conference Centre, which ensures us an intimate, yet state-of-the-art meeting venue that is conducive to learning, networking, catching up with old friends, and making new ones.

Congress Chair, Professor Sipho Dlamini and his scientific committee are putting together a world-class programme that includes nine, confirmed international speakers from across the globe who will join with the best of Southern Africa and you, the interactive participants, in a wonderful educational opportunity. This year, for the first time, the International Society for infectious Diseases (ISID) and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) will partner with FIDSSA in co-sponsored plenary sessions, bringing further expertise to our shores.

FIDSSA is once again, proud to offer prizes for best oral presentation (R10,000) and best poster presentation (R5,000), so get those abstracts in on time to qualify.

I hope you will take this opportunity to join us this spring in Cape Town, and take advantage, not only of the congress itself, but to enjoy Cape Town’s extraordinary natural beauty. The conference centre sits equidistant from the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl to the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, and but a hop, skip and a jump to the top of the iconic, Table Mountain.

I look forward to seeing you in November!

Professor Marc Mendelson

Organising Committee

A/Professor Sipho Dlamini
Professor Marc Mendelson
Professor Andrew Whitelaw
Congress Chair
FIDSSA President
FIDSSA Treasurer

Scientific Committee

FIDSSA – Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa
Professor Marc Mendelson
Professor Andrew Whitelaw

ICSSA – Infection Control Society of Southern Africa
Dr Yolanda van Zyl
Ms Joy Cleghorn

IDSSA – Infectious Diseases Society of Southern Africa
Dr Tom Boyles
Dr John Black

SASCM – South African Society for Clinical Microbiology
Dr Colleen Bamford
Dr Justyna Wonjo

SASPID – Southern African Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases
Dr James Nuttall
Dr Angela Dramowski

SASTM – South African Society of Travel Medicine
Dr Salim Parker

STDSSA – Sexually Transmitted Diseases Society of Southern Africa
Professor Jo-Ann Passmore
Dr Lindi Masson
Dr Shaun Barnaba

Professor Graeme Meintjes