The Master Class on Infectious Diseases was held at Hasanuddin University Hospital for two days on 29-30 January 2014 (click here for the programme). The aim was to further enhance research capacity, identify a problem/gap in the field, set up objectives and set up approaches (methods) to achieve the objectives as well as networking among graduate students/junior researchers.
or scientists from different universities and research institutions across Indonesia. The MC-ID was led by 3 panel members; Prof David Handojo Muljono of The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology/Hasanuddin University (Biomedical Science), Prof. Menno de Jong of The University of Amsterdam (Biomedical Science) and Dr. Sudirman Nasir, PhD Hasanuddin University (Public Health). The MC-ID was delivered in English.
There were 19 presenters (the rest are being observers) presenting their ongoing research projects across two days event. Each presenter was given 10 minutes presentation and 20 minutes discussion. The topic was ranging from malaria, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis and dengue, from molecular to public health aspects. The participation was encouraging. A lot of questions asked and discussions were running well. The abstracts were sent earlier to participants for the participants to learn and to prepare themselves for the Master class.
Day one was filled with presentations and discussions. Day two began with presentation followed by field trip to two sites i.e. Puskesmas Jumpandang Baru (Public Health Center) and Dr. Tadjuddin Chalid Leprosy Hospital. At Puskesmas Jumpandang Baru, the MC-ID group was greeted by the Head of the Center. They shared their experience in managing HIV/AIDS, blood borne and sexually transmitted diseases, their challenges and limitations. This Center was among the very first centers in Makassar participating in HIV/AIDS harm reduction program. They continue to be strong in that aspect, offering services not only for people in Makassar but also patients from Papua.
The field trip was then continued to Leprosy Hospital. This was a very interesting site visit to most participants since they mostly first time visiting such a center. Leprosy has been a major problem in Makassar. It is a disease with social stigma attached that makes the disease more complicated to manage. The visit was spent for 3 hours starting by listening to presentation of the Hospital Director followed by visiting the wards and discussing with staffs on several aspects of leprosy management and care, in-patient, rehabilitation and empowerment of the cured ex-patients. TheMaster Class was wrapped up at the site.**