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2nd Annual Emmet A. Dennis National Scientific Conference held in Liberia

“Our young scientists should seriously undertake research to inform good scientific practices” – this was the expressed view of the Liberian Vice President, Her Excellency Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor at the opening ceremony of a 3-day national scientific conference held at the Millennium Guest House and Suites in Monrovia, Liberia.  The Vice President expressed excitement at the concept of a scientific conference and was hopeful it would help build more interest in the scientific research in the country. 

The 2nd annual Emmet Dennis National Scientific Conference was held from 27 – 29 August 2019 under the theme - “Strengthening Global Health Security – The Liberia Experience”. The conference was a collaboration between the Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program and National Public Health Institute of Liberia, supported by other organizations such as US CDC, GIZ, Africa-bio, JWARG and Prevail.

The Liberia FETP is one of the pioneer frontline FETP established by the Ministry of Health, owned by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia with financial and technical support from US CDC and AFENET. Representing the AFENET secretariat, Dr Herbert Kazoora, the Acting Director of Programs made remarks in view of the success of the Liberia Program and continued support of AFENET.

Overall, 121 abstracts were submitted from 3 counties: Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria. The abstracts were reviewed by a panel of experts/ scientists. Out of the 121 submitted, 117 (96.6%) were accepted, of these 51.2% were oral presentations while 48.7% were poster presentations. All oral and plenary sessions aimed at encouraging the residents and graduates to move heights in their scientific research exploits and public health practice. The conference ended with an award ceremony that saw 6 FETP graduates and residents receive recognition of outstanding presentations.