Healthcare Cleaning Forum MENA regional programme
- Health Economics
- New concepts in hospital cleaning
- Hands-on and simulation workshops
Professor Didier Pittet is the Hospital Epidemiologist & Director of the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals & Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.
He holds Honorary Professorships in London, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Lead Adviser of the WHO Clean Care is Safe Care & African Partnerships for Patient Safety programmes. Recipient of several national and international honours including a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II for services to the prevention of healthcare-associated infection in the UK (2007).
The book “Clean Hands Save Lives” (by T. Crouzet, 2014), available in 18 languages (2015), and the movie “Clean Hands” (Aftermedia 2016), describe Didier Pittet medical odyssey to promote patient safety worldwide. Prof. Pittet is co-author of more than 500 in peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. The experience of his team in engaging nations and healthcare settings worldwide in a universal commitment to patient safety is unique.
Elias Tannous is an Infection Control professional with extensive IC experience. Holds nursing degrees from France and from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon, in addition to an MBA from the UK.
He is Certified board in Infection Control (USA). He coordinated, co-directed and facilitated loads of IC educational activities and have been heavily involved in major infection control projects and programs for the past 13 years, including commissioning of new facilities, developing surveillance programs and evaluating IC programs.
He is currently an Infection Control Specialist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Serves as a board member of the expert panel for the Hand hygiene Excellence Award - Middle East & North Africa.
He is also the founder of the Arab Countries Infection Control Network. (AcicN) and serves as test Committee Member for Certification Board for Infection Control-USA.
Ms. Ermira Tartari RN, MSc., is a Research Fellow in the Department of Infection Prevention and Control & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the University of Geneva Hospitals, Faculty of Medicine, with a particular interest in Hand Hygiene.
Ermira is a PhD candidate in Global Health (Biomedical Sicences) at the University of Geneva, conducting research in collaboration with the Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit at WHO, Geneva focusing on Global burden of healthcare-associated infections: impact of the WHO Clean Care is Safe Care programme worldwide.
Ermira is an Academic at the faculty of Health Science, University of Malta and has previously worked as an infection control practitioner where she has lead many infection prevention and control initiatives including the Hand Hygiene Excellence Award (2015). She serves as a Board Member of the Global Alliance for Infection Prevention and Control.
Dr Balkhy is a graduate of King Abdulaziz University from Jeddah Saudi Arabia. She completed her Pediatric residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 1993 and completed her Infectious Disease training through the joint fellowship program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Rainbow Babies Children Hospital in 1999. She is currently Associate Professor of Pediatric Infection Diseases at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh Saudi Arabia and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Emory University. Atlanta, Georgia. USA.
During her fellowship years she worked in the Geographical Medicine Department at Case Western Reserve University. Upon return to Saudi Arabia in 1999 Dr. Balkhy focused on the clinical service running a Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic as well as inpatient consultation for complicated cases with infectious agents while building a career in the field of Infection Control as the hospital epidemiologist from 2000-2007. She then headed the research promotion and education section for 2 years to return in 2009 as the Executive Director for the National Guard Health Affairs.
The department of Infection Control at the National Guard Health affairs won the 1st SHEA-APIC Partnership Award in Atlanta, Georgia at the Decennial meeting. In 2009, she initiated the first research grants in her organization addressing healthcare associated infections with an emphasis on multidrug resistance organisms. The results of the research team led by Dr Balkhy have been presented in many previous meetings such as APIC, SHEA, IFIC, ICAAC, and ECCMID. She is currently working on expanding the research team as well as collaborations at the National Guard and Saudi National level within her capacity as the Chairman of the Infectious Disease Division at King Abdullah International Medical research Center at the National Guard Health Affairs. Dr. Balkhy currently has over120 publications in peer reviewed journals and multiple grants and has been active in mentoring students at college, master and PhD level.
Within in her capacity she is also the Director of the Gulf Corporate Center for infection control and the WHO collaborating Center for Infection Control and AMR. Both these centers have been instrumental in assisting many hospitals within the Gulf region to improve on Health Surveillance and infection control as well as a training center for employees form with in the Gulf region.
Finally Dr. Balkhy is the Editor In Chief for an international journal “The Journal of Infection and Public Health”. The official scientific journal for King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.