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Sacred Journeys and Pilgrimages: Are Your Travelers Ready?
Recorded On: 02/07/2024
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Title: Sacred Journeys and Pilgrimages: Are Your Travelers Ready?
Date: Wednesday, 7th February 2024
Time: 9.00 EDT UTC-04 (The webinar is approximately 90 minutes)
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Spiritual travel, particularly in the form of pilgrimages, has taken place throughout human history, and is a common feature of many world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto etc. Millions of travelers, many of them elderly or living with chronic conditions embark every year on these spiritual journeys, seeking enlightenment and freedom from suffering, emotional or physical. Mass gatherings are recognized as sources for outbreaks eg meningococcal meningitis, influenza, and possibly even RSV or pneumococcal infections. Hepatitis A, typhoid, cholera and other enteric diseases are also a concern. Environmental stressors, overcrowding and extreme heat can take an additional toll on pilgrims’ health.
Come and meet our experts with years of experience taking care of pilgrims, for a lively discussion.
Special thanks to Sanofi for the unrestricted educational grant that helped provide this program.
Dr. Yen Bui, Chair, PEC, ISTM
Dr. Darvin Scott Smith, Co-Chair, PEC, ISTM
Dr. Aisha Khatib
Dr. Santanu Chatterjee
Past Counsellor, ISTM
Past President APTHS FISTM
Dr. Salim Parker
Officer, Executive Board ISTM
Past President, SASTM
Dr. Shaymaa Abdalal, MBBS, DTMH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine
King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Saudi Arabia
By the end of this webinar, the attendee should be able to:
- Describe the epidemiology of infectious and environmental risks associated with mass gatherings
- Recognize the particular needs of elderly pilgrims and those with special conditions
- Recommend vaccinations and other preventive measures
- Use culturally appropriate messaging to increase adherence to preventive measures
Who Should Attend:
- Infectious Disease Practitioners – Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists
- Travel Health Practitioners – Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists
- Occupational Health Practitioners
- Public Health Practitioners
- Family Medicine Practitioners
Dr. Salim Parker is a travel medicine practitioner who has accompanied pilgrims on the annual Hajj to Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years. He often deals with complex medical and emotive issues such as the terminally ill who want to perform a pilgrimage as a last religious rite. The prospective pilgrim's travel risks have to be mitigated by applying compassionate travel medicine principles.
Dr. Santanu Chatterjee
Dr. Santanu Chatterjee MBBS, DTM&H, FACTM, FFTM ACTM, FFTM RCPS (Glasgow) has done specialized training in tropical and travel medicine. He is a Visiting Lecturer at KPC Medical College in Kolkata, India and has an independent private referral practice and travel clinic where he has provided healthcare to travelers and expatriates for the last 30 years.
Dr. Chatterjee is a member of the International Medical Advisory Board of IAMAT (Canada), Past President of the Asia-Pacific Travel Health Society (2006-2008), past ISTM Counselor (1999-2003), and former Chair of the ISTM Host Country Committee (1999-2006) wherein he played a central role in drafting the ISTM Responsible Traveler document. He has also served as the Regional Editor of NewShare (2001-2009) and was member of the WHO External Review Group of International Travel and Health.
Dr Chatterjee has presented at many international conferences and has original research contributions on travelers’ diarrhea, travelers’ health behavior and malaria chemoprophylaxis.
Dr. Shaymaa Abdalal
MBBS, DTMH, PhD
Dr. Shaymaa Abdalal is an Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. She is also a Travel Medicine and Public Health Senior Registrar at King Abdulaziz University hospital. Dr. Shaymaa Abdalal also runs the clinical parasitology diagnostic lab. After earning a medical degree from King Abdulaziz University and completing her training at Tulane university, Shaymaa dedicated her career to preventing, diagnosing, and treating infectious diseases, with a special focus on tropical illnesses prevalent in travelers.
Aisha Khatib (Moderator)
Dr. Aisha Khatib is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She trained in family and emergency medicine from the University of Toronto and McGill University, and completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship in Clinical Tropical Medicine at the University of Toronto. She holds certification in Travel Medicine from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Course in Peru. She worked as a Travel and Rugby Doctor in New Zealand for five years before returning to Canada. She is currently the Clinical Director of Travel Medicine at Medcan and a member of CATMAT, the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel, an external advisory body to the Public Health Agency of Canada. She is also Past-President of the Alberta Association of Travel Health Professionals, Co-Chair of the ASTMH Update Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health, and Past Chair of the ISTM Responsible Travel Interest Group. Her recent research focused on the safety of air travel during the pandemic, as well as climate change and travel.