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Community Talks

Community Talks is a monthly webinar where experts from Flanders and abroad can meet and share their knowledge & academic research.

With this platform, we aim to build sustainable research connections and increase local (societal) impact through knowledge sharing on a global scale.

29 March (2 - 3 PM) - Improving women's health in Peru with the support of higher education institutions, women and local authorities - prof. S. Lebeer & Sandra Condori, UAntwerpen

26 April (11 - 12 AM) - Climighealth: How climate change, migration and health interact.
CliMigHealth’s vision is to render broad societal impact by generating knowledge on the interactions between climate change, migration and health(care). Ultimately, the goal is to better adapt to, mitigate and prepare for current and future effects of climate change; to have a greater understanding of the role of migration and its impact; and to develop resilient, inclusive and responsive health systems. - prof. Ilse Ruyssen & 
Charlotte Scheerens, UGent

28 June (2 - 3 PM) - Sustainable rural development through socially innovative and community-based conservation in the Chaparri Reserve Region (Peru) - Vera Alejandra Flores Fernandez & Constanza Parra, KU Leuven


Improving women's health in Peru with the support of higher education institutions, women and local authorities

29 March 2023


PhD Sandra Condori

Sandra performed her Bachelo studies in Peru then she studied a master in molecular biology at Belgian Universities of Brussels, Leuven, and Antwerp. She started a Ph.D. within the framework of the MELiSSA project (Micro-Ecological Life Support System – European Space Agency) in collaboration with the University of Mons (Belgium) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK-CEN). After her promotion in 2016, Sandra joined the Lebeer Lab in 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher. She focuses on vaginal microbiome on developing projects for capacity building in developing countries, such as Peru and Cameroon.

PhD student Josiane Kenfack

Student at University of Yaounde - Cameroon. Institut De Recherches Medicales Et D'etudes Des Plantes Medicinales (IMPM) - Centre de Recherches sur les Maladies Emergentes et Re-emergentes (CREMER). She is a team member of the Rose Leke project in Cameroon

Short content

Speaking openly about vaginal health is taboo in Peru, and public attention to intimate female care has been neglected for decades.

For instance, during the present pandemic, several primary health care centers shut down gynaecological consultations, affecting women suffering from vaginal infections.

With the current Laura 2.0 project, we aim to create a national (in Peru) and international research network investigating on vaginal health by actively engaging several key stakeholders from society and academia.

Moreover, Laura 2.0 is developing research capacities in Peruvian researchers and more importantly, it is involving (for the first time in Peru), citizens (women) in science, via a citizen science project inspired by the Belgian Isala project (https://isala.be/en).

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Filling the language gap using communication resources for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis healthcare in South Africa (Rhodes University)

Speaker: Nathalia Lourenço (von Witt)

Nathalia Lourenço completed her PhD within the VLIR-UOS TEAMS framework, with cooperation between the KU Leuven (Belgium) and Rhodes University (South Africa), under the supervision of Dr Bulelwa Nosilela and Prof Patrick Luyten. Her research is on language barriers in South African healthcare, with a focus on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Short content of the CT:

South Africa has 11 official languages, and despite healthcare users having the right to access healthcare in an official local language, many healthcare professionals are not able to speak the local language. South Africa also has the largest number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-positive people in the world, the third-highest rate of Tuberculosis (TB) infections, and the second-highest rate of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) globally, with up to 60% of HIV-positive healthcare users (HCUs) infected with TB as a co-infection.

To address language barriers in healthcare, existing communication resources were reviewed and selected or further developed and then implemented as part of a pilot feasibility trial with six healthcare sites in the Eastern Cape. This was adapted to employ a blended approach due to COVID-19-related limitations. The feasibility and acceptability of both the study protocol and the proposed communication resources were evaluated, and the findings inform recommendations to improve the feasibility of such a study in order to conduct a randomised controlled trial; to further develop the resources in order to enhance communication both in HIV/AIDS and TB consultations and in other fields of healthcare; and to implement a similar intervention at the university level and as Continuing Medical Education.

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Celebrating 10-year IUC with UNIKIS

We are proud to share with you a special edition of Community Talks, in honour of our 10-year partnership with the Université de Kisangani in DR Congo.

We open our platform to 90 minutes of sharing the successes, challenges, dreams, ideas, and partnerships of the past 10 years. 

Note :
This Community Talk will be organised entirely in French.

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Contact us at communitytalks@vliruos.be

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Olive Tengera, University of Rwanda

Finally we took the time and energy to bring all information together and present to a broader public

Leo Van Audenhove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

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