|Dear SASVEPM Members,|
The challenging situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted thorough consultations with our partners and supporters to decide the way-forward regarding SASVEPM 2020 Congress. Considering the current information, trends and projections and always cognisant of the guidelines from the Department of Health, we considered the risk of infection and spread of the virus, lock-down measures, restriction on gatherings, travel ban, financial constraints and pressure on re-scheduling priorities during this trying times. In view of the above, the SASVEPM Executive Committee (EXCO) has decided to postpone the 18th Annual SASVEPM Congress to 2021. The EXCO’s decision considered keeping the name as “2020 18th Annual SASVEPM Congress” and maintaining our original theme “Creative animal health solutions for sustainable economic growth”.
This is to furthermore serve as a reminder of how the Veterinary Epidemiology and One Health Community came together to respond to the devastating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult times that South Africa, SADC, Africa and the globe had to face in 2020. Although it was a tough decision to postpone our congress, we are also pleased to announce that our guest speakers, Prof. Mark Rweyemamu, Prof. Mary-Louise Penrith & Prof. Folorunso Oludayo, have been confirmed for 2021 and will share their experience with us at the 2020 18th Annual SASVEPM Congress next year. Furthermore, we are also planning to invite a prominent scholar to speak to our members on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and the lesson learned from the pandemic.
The Congress will be held at the same venue (Warmbaths Forever Resort in Bela-Bela, Limpopo) from 25-27 August 2021. Our dedicated members, who submitted abstracts, will be consulted on maintaining their abstracts for the new congress dates; however, a second call for abstracts and registration will be resumed later in the year.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be offering our members epidemiology capacity building training programmes by implementing the SASVEPM Epidemiology Training Plan for 2020/2021. The plan aims to provide training to SASVEPM members and increase the epidemiology knowledge base within the society. We will be conducting three online training sessions in 2020 and two hands-on contact sessions in 2021. SASVEPM members will be contacted in due time on procedures for enrollment in these training activities. The detailed approved training plan can be access through this link <click here>.
We are very optimistic and believe by working together during these devastating times, we will achieve a milestone of containing, controlling and curbing further spread of the virus, and we believe that with the One Health Approach we will prevail.
The EXCO will keep updating you on all new developments and we are looking forward to welcoming you in our training programmes and celebrating the control of COVID-19 pandemic together in Bela-Bela in August 2021. Thank you for your support and patience as we move through this challenging time.
Keep well and stay COVID-19 free.
Dr Nelson Matekwe
President, SASVEPM SASVEPM Congress Secretariat
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