• To highlight the initiatives for monitoring migrants’ health, prevent and control infectious diseases in migrants in GCC and EMRO
• To discuss the impact of migrants on the health systems of the hosting countries especially for vaccine preventable diseases, importation of communicable diseases and AMR
• To present the ways to enhance GCC/EMRO preparedness for infectious diseases in migrants during peace and conflict
• To highlight the importance of intergovernmental and international organizations collaboration required to address migrants’ health needs in GCC/EMRO
• To discuss the role and impact of migrants on the elimination programs for TB, malaria, HIV and hepatitis B and C viruses, and what strategies countries can follow to address the challenge
• To discuss the ways on how countries can establish surveillance and integrated research for migrants’ health
Up to 150 infectious diseases physicians, public health physicians, microbiologists, trainees, occupational health specialists, travel medicine physicians, nurses, academics.
Aneeta Kurian, Muscat, Oman
Ahmed Al-Habsi, Muscat, Oman
Fatma Al-Hakmani, Muscat, Oman
Muhammad Al-Yazeedi, Muscat, Oman
Eskild Petersen, Muscat, Oman
Nicholas John Beeching, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Seif Al-Abri, Muscat, Oman
ESCMID Study Group for Clinical Parasitology - ESGCP
ESCMID Study Group for Epidemiological Markers - ESGEM
ESCMID Study Group for Mycobacterial Infections - ESGMYC
ESCMID Study Group for Viral Hepatitis - ESGVH
The European CDC (ECDC)
ESCMID Task Force for Emerging Infections
Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman
The organizers of the course will apply for European CME accreditation through EACCME.


Idris Al-Abaidani, Muscat, Oman
Seif Al-Abri, Muscat, Oman
Fatma Al-Hakmani, Muscat, Oman
Amina Al-Jardani, Muscat, Oman
Salem Al-Mahrooqi, Muscat, Oman
Khalid Al-Mushaiki, Salalah, Oman
Basheer Al-Sufiani, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Muhammad Al-Yazeedi, Muscat, Oman
Amal Al Maani, Muscat, Oman
Badar Alrawahi, Muscat, Oman
Hanan Balkhy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Nicholas John Beeching, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Manuel Carballo, Geneva, Switzerland
Hajo Grundmann, Freiburg, Germany
Aisha Husain, Manama, Bahrain
Faryal Khamis, Muscat, Oman
Akjemal Magtymova, Muscat, Oman
Ziad A. Memish, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Mario Umberto Mondelli, Pavia, Italy
Teymur Noori, Stockholm, Sweden
Marie Norredam, Copenhagen, Denmark
Eskild Petersen, Aarhus, Denmark
Christian Wejse, Aarhus N, Denmark

Contact Person (Scientific Programme)

Seif Al-Abri
MoH Oman
Disease Surveillance and Control
P.O. Box 2657
111 Muscat
+968 22 357529

Administrative Secretariat

Ahmed Al-Habsi
P.O. Box 2657
111 Muscat
+968 9934 3405

Venue Info

Event Map
Venue Details
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Ruwi 112, 112 Muscat

Thursday, 8 March 2018

08:30 - 08:40
Opening address and workshop objectives
Speaker(s): Seif Al-Abri
08:40 - 08:50
08:50 - 09:20
Keynote lecture: equity, access to healthcare and human rights
Speaker(s): Manuel Carballo
09:20 - 09:50
Coffee break
09:50 - 13:00
Demography of the EMRO and GCC countries
09:50 - 10:20
Demography of the population of GCC and the diversity of the health systems in these countries
Speaker(s): Fatma Al-Hakmani
10:20 - 10:50
Public health aspects of migration in the WHO EMRO: setting the scene
10:50 - 11:20
The current situation: migration at a global, regional and national levels
11:20 - 11:50
GCC regulations in migrants’ health
Speaker(s): Basheer Al-Sufiani
11:50 - 12:20
Addressing the preventive health measures in areas of conflict in EMRO, opportunities and challenges?
12:20 - 13:00
Round table discussion: the diversity of health systems in GCC and how to address migrants’ health in GCC
Speaker(s): Amal Al Maani
Speaker(s): Aisha Husain
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch and prayer
14:00 - 16:00
Public health emergencies in the EMRO and GCC countries
14:00 - 14:30
Public health emergencies in areas of conflict in EMRO? How neighbouring countries can plan preventive measures?
14:30 - 15:00
Developing and sustaining public health services during conflict – the WHO perspective
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
The new ECDC guidelines for migrant health
Speaker(s): Teymur Noori
16:00 - 17:00
Migration and communicable diseases: malaria, TB and HIV
16:00 - 16:30
The role of migrants from malaria endemic countries on the reintroduction of malaria to malaria free countries
Speaker(s): Seif Al-Abri
16:30 - 17:00
What programmes to implement for migrants’ health for the elimination of tuberculosis. Screening for TB? Latent TB, to treat or not to treat? Risk of MDRTB?
Speaker(s): Christian Wejse

Friday, 9 March 2018

08:30 - 09:00
Cross-boundary dissemination of AMR pathogens and their high-risk clones
Speaker(s): Hajo Grundmann
09:00 - 09:30
MDRO from the Indian subcontinent - how to address the role of migrants on AMR?
Speaker(s): Hanan Balkhy
09:30 - 14:30
Vaccine preventable infections, STD and hepatitis C
09:30 - 10:00
The impact of immigrants on vaccine preventable diseases
Speaker(s): Seif Al-Abri
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00
Screening for viral hepatitis and HIV in the GCC
Speaker(s): Muhammad Al-Yazeedi
11:00 - 11:30
Prioritizing interventions for hepatitis viruses in migrants
Speaker(s): Mario Umberto Mondelli
11:30 - 13:30
Prayer and lunch
13:30 - 14:00
Dynamic epidemics of HBV and HCV, challenges to elimination?
Speaker(s): Mario Umberto Mondelli
14:00 - 14:30
Addressing the sexual health needs for migrants – HIV as an example
Speaker(s): Nicholas John Beeching
14:30 - 16:30
Surveillance, mass gatherings and refugees
14:30 - 15:00
Mass gathering and the health of migrants – Hajj as an example
Speaker(s): Ziad A. Memish
15:00 - 15:30
Oman’s experience with refugees from Yemen
Speaker(s): Khalid Al-Mushaiki
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 16:30
Round table discussion: what are the best surveillance systems for migrants’ health in the presence of different health systems in GCC?
Speaker(s): Amina Al-Jardani
Speaker(s): Salem Al-Mahrooqi

Saturday, 10 March 2018

08:30 - 09:00
Effect of non-communicable diseases and lifestyle on migrants’ health
Speaker(s): Marie Norredam
09:00 - 09:30
Supporting health coordination, assessment, planning access to healthcare for migrants especially for NCDs and mental health
Speaker(s): Marie Norredam
09:30 - 10:00
Understanding barriers to healthcare utilization among immigrants
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00
Modalities for health promotion and risk communication for migrants, e.g. CCHF and malaria
Speaker(s): Eskild Petersen
11:00 - 11:30
Partnership for health in conflict: an experience from complex protected emergency
Speaker(s): Akjemal Magtymova
11:30 - 12:00
Immunization for migrants and their families including children
Speaker(s): Badar Alrawahi
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch and prayer
13:00 - 14:00
Round table discussion: how to establish an agenda for integrated research for immigrants/refugee population
Speaker(s): Idris Al-Abaidani
Speaker(s): Basheer Al-Sufiani
Speaker(s): Faryal Khamis
14:00 - 14:30
Wrap-up & conclusions
Speaker(s): Seif Al-Abri

The registration fee includes the course, coffee breaks and lunch. Travel and accommodation are not included.