AFRICA TABLE SPEAKER SERIES: Analyzing the role of international and regional travel in the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Zimbabwe using routinely collected surveillance data

March 18, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Held via Zoom: Zoom Meeting ID: 814 060 82260

Understanding the genomic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 is essential in developing effective public health policy and control programs. Initial public health interventions delayed the onset of SARS-CoV-2 community transmission after the introduction of the virus from international and regional migration in Zimbabwe. The use of global whole genome sequence data was essential to reveal major routes of spread and inform the implementation of effective public health interventions for control in Zimbabwe. This undoubtedly saved lives and bought time for this resource limited healthcare system to increase capacity and devise strategies to combat the impending pandemic.

The objective of the talk will be to highlight the impact of COVID-19 in the African setting particularly in Zimbabwe at the onset of the pandemic. This will entail an analysis of the role of international and regional travel and the epidemiology (particularly response activities, hygiene practices, social distancing, role of vaccination, public perceptions, and the impact on other infectious disease management.

About the presenters:

DR. VIMBAI NYEMBA, M.D. - Infectious Diseases Specialist, El Rio Special Immunology Associates
Dr. Vimbai Nyemba is an Infectious Diseases Specialist at El Rio Community Health Center.  Her clinical focus is in caring for people living with HIV.  She currently sits on the Committee for the Arizona Drug Assistance Program and on the El Rio Patient Safety and Therapeutics Committee.

TAPFUMANEI MASHE - Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Coordinator, Ministry of Health and Child Care/WHO
Tapfumanei Mashe is an AMR Coordinator in Zimbabwe. His research focus is in antimicrobial resistance and molecular epidemiology of infectious pathogens. He is the leader of the One Health AMR Secretariat in Zimbabwe and a member of the General Council for Institute of Tropical Medicine Belgium.

For more information CONTACT:  Dr. Bayo Ijagbemi ( or Marcela Thompson (

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