Work Safe, Fly Safe: Living with COVID-19

Work Safe, Fly Safe: Living with COVID-19

Recorded On: 12/01/2021

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With vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 progressing in most countries, consensus is emerging about SARS-CoV-2 evolving towards endemicity. Shifting our paradigm from crisis management to risk management has brought new challenges for all sectors of society. Ensuring travellers’ and workers’ safety while allowing normal life to resume is of paramount concern.

 Attendee Takeaways:

Our experts will review the latest data on air travel safety, and share lessons learned on how to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in air travel and in workplaces.

* Discuss the data on the risk of COVID-19 and air travel

* Summarize the protocols put in place to ensure air travel safety

* Discuss the lessons learned to ensure workers’ safety, particularly in the mining industry

Who Should Attend:

* Infectious Disease Practitioners – Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists

* Travel Health Practitioners – Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists

* Public Health Practitioners

* Family Medicine Practitioners

* Occupational Health Practitioners

* Any others who care for travellers

Note: This is a live Zoom webinar. To attend, you may access the webinar Zoom link on your dashboard after registration.

Dr. Therese Maarschalk (Moderator)

Johannesburg, South Africa

Qualifications

  • MBChB (University of the Orange FreeState)
  • Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Diploma in Obstetrics (College of Medicine of South Africa) 
  • Diploma in Anaesthetics (College of Medicine of South Africa)
  • Diploma in Occupational Health (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • M.Phil (Palliative Med) (University of Cape Town)                

Professional Career

  • Current position: 
    1. Chief Medical Officer Travel Doctor Corporate
    2. Chief Medical Officer De Beers Consolidated Mines
    3. Occupational Medical Practitioner Anglo American Corporate Clinic
  • Previous positions:
    1. General Practice X 10 years
    2. Worked in Malawi and UK
  • Travel Medicine experience:
    1. Pre- and Post -Travel consultations
    2. Walk-in and corporate travel health services.
    3. Clinic is able to provide Rabies Immune Globulin
    4. COVID vaccination as well as all travel vaccines
    5. 24h telephonic support for expatriates globally 
    6. Lecturer at annual Travel Medicine Course for legal local certification

Affiliations with Professional Organisations

  • SASTM (South African Society of Travel Medicine)
  • SASOM (South African Society of Occupational Medicine)
  • ISTM (International Society of Travel Medicine)
  • International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • International Panel Physician Association (Canadian Immigration) 

Career Highlights

  • International Conference participations:
    1. 1st prize oral presentation Asia-Pacific TMC, Shanghai, China (2002)
    2. Poster presentations ISTM New York (2003) and Lisbon (2007)
  • GP practice (doing obstetrics and epidurals)
  • Volunteer Hospice work with NGO in inner city HIV patients

Dr. Aisha Khatib

Assistant Professor, Dept of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Clinical Director Travel Medicine, Travel Doctor and Medical Consultant, Medcan

Dr. Aisha Khatib (MD, CCFP(EM), CTravMed, DTM&H, CTropMed) is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.  She trained in both family and emergency medicine from the University of Toronto and McGill University, and recently completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship in Clinical Tropical Medicine at the University of Toronto.  She holds specialization in Travel and Tropical Medicine, having completed a 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, Rugby, and Occupational Health Doctor in New Zealand with Worldwise Traveller’s Health for several years before moving back to Canada.  She is currently the Clinical Director of Travel Medicine at Medcan, and also consults on their Medical Advisory Services Team.  She holds many positions including President-Elect of the Alberta Association of Travel Health Professionals, Councilor on the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Clinical Group, and Chair of the ISTM Responsible Travel Interest Group.  She is also Co-Chair of the ASTMH Update Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health. Her recent research interests focus on the safety of air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Vanessa Govender

Director, Masakhane Strategic Health Consulting, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lecturer, Occupational Health Division, School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

 MBBCh (Wits), Post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Health (Wits), Masters in Public Health (Wits)

Occupational Medicine Specialist

Dr Vanessa Govender’s occupational medicine and public health career spans more than 25 years in the mining industry in South Africa. She has held various leadership positions at global companies such as Gold Fields and Aveng Group. She has also served as Chair of the Board of the South African Business Coalition on Health and Aids (SABCOHA), Chair of the Mining Industry Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) dust committee, the Certification Committee at the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases (MBOD) and as President of the Mine Medical Professionals Association (MMPA). Her career has navigated all aspects of health and wellness in the mining industry and she has experienced, first-hand, the toils and triumphs of how the industry has transformed, and still is transforming.

Vanessa completed her undergraduate medical degree (MBBCh, 1993) and postgraduate studies (Diploma in Occupational Health (DOH, 1999) and Masters in Public Health, Policy and Management (MPH, 2007)  at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, she has completed numerous international executive business education courses at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the Wits and London Schools of Business. She is a researcher, speaker and lecturer, and has published scientific papers in peer- reviewed journals and contributed to two book chapters: most recently on mental health in the workplace, highlighting the role of corporate companies in providing supportive workplaces.

In 2019, acknowledging her contribution and clinical acumen in the field of occupational medicine, Vanessa was appointed as a Specialist: Occupational Medicine by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

In the last six years, through her company, Masakhane Strategic Health Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Vanessa has consulted widely to diverse clients (including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Minerals Council South Africa), bringing-cutting edge knowledge to inform policy, strategy, leadership behaviours, and clinical standards for the prevention, early diagnosis, and compensation of occupational diseases. She is passionate about driving health strategy beyond legislative compliance, and ending smoking AND occupational lung diseases - the latter bringing untold suffering to mineworkers, their families and the public health system.

 Vanessa currently holds the position of consultant to Anglo American's global COVID-19 response, applying her philosophy of ‘science, art and heart’ to health risk communication and  strategic occupational health projects. She is a lecturer / academic coordinator for the Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health at the Wits School of Public Health, and an associate member of the Colleges of Public Health Medicine of South Africa. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Panel to the Tshiamiso Trust, which was established in response to the R5 bn Silicosis Class Action settlement.

 Vanessa has also contributed extensively to debates on compensation legislation and strongly believes that through her work we can uphold the dignity of workers.

 She believes that education is a lifelong journey of joy and that medicine should be practised with “science, art and heart”, meaning that, while scientific evidence informs our decisions, we have to constantly apply ourselves in the real world by joining all the dots (art)  and placing the patient at the centre within the full context of the psychosocial-political situation (heart).

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