Covid-19 and Multimorbidity: How to Deal with Multiple Infectious Diseases in Parallel?

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS), the Senegal Academy of Science and Technology (ANSTS), and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences(AMS) organize an international virtual panel discussion on "Covid-19 and Multimorbidity: How to Deal with Multiple Infectious Diseases in Parallel?", taking place on November 26th, 2020. 



  • German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina)
  • Academy of Science of South Africa
  • Ethiopian Academy of Sciences 
  • Senegal Academy of Science and Technology 
  • UK Academy of Medical Sciences 


Event description: 

What happens when COVID-19 meets other infectious diseases? The current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how fast infectious diseases can spread around the world. Therefore, the awareness that people can suffer from multiple infectious diseases at the same time and the treatment of these diseases is of global importance.

Multimorbidity, the coexistence of two or more health conditions, is a growing public health challenge. This subject raises various questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic to be discussed during this virtual panel with renowned experts from Ethiopia, Germany, Senegal, South Africa and the UK.



  • Prof. Wondwossen Amogne (College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia) 
  • Prof. Peter Calverley (Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool, UK) 
  • Prof. Quarraisha Abdool Karim (Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa; Doris Duke Medical Research Institute, Durban, South Africa)
  • Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann (Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany)
  • Prof. Papa Salif Sow (Member of the Senegal Academy of Science and Technology, Dakar, Senegal) 


Moderator: Vivian Upman (Freelance Journalist) 


The event is part of the new Leopoldina International Virtual Panel Series: a novel format that enables the worldwide scientific exchange in COVID-19 times.


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