In this webinar, WHO and FIND co-host a discussion on sequencing capacity for SARS-CoV-2 and global initiatives to strengthen genomic surveillance.
Co-chaired by Natacha Milhano, WHO Public Health Laboratory Strengthening Unit, and Dr Dhamari Naidoo, WHO South-East Asia, it featured the following speakers and topics:
- Dr Lisa Carter: Genomic surveillance strategy for pathogens with epidemic or pandemic potential
- Dr Anita Suresh: Mapping and building genomic surveillance capacity for COVID-19 and beyond
- Dr Senjuti Saha: Towards building capacity and accelerating genomic surveillance: one step at a time
- Dr Sikhulile Moyo: Pathogen genomics of SARS-CoV-2: Lessons from Botswana.
Participants shared learnings from the experiences of Botswana (Moyo) and Bangladesh (Saha) on building next generation sequencing capacity, and the global strategy launched by WHO on 31 March 2022 (Carter).
The presentation on 20 April 2022 was in English, with simultaneous interpretations in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.