Coverage of the 7th PAMCA conference
Didn't you make it to the 7th conference of the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association this year? Not to worry. The conference was the first virtual PAMCA conference and the wonderful MESA correspondence team covered all 3 days. A big thank you to the 8 correspondents for all the hard work to attend, understand and then report about all the sessions. Curious who these reporters are? Check it out here. Below you will find the links to the reports of all 3 days. No need to miss anything.
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MESA Correspondents Program
Reports from the PAMCA Conference “Empowering local institutions to set the agenda for the elimination of vector-borne diseases”, September 20 - 22, 2021
The keynote talk on “Empowering local institutions to set the agenda for the elimination of vector-borne diseases” was given by Florence Larbi (Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Ghana). Larbi pointed out the positives in increased coverage and use of vector control tools, as was observed in the decline of malaria between the years 2000 and 2015. She, however, emphasized that VBDs are multifaceted, hence requiring intersectoral and multisectoral approaches to control them. She outlined ways by which local institutions can be empowered for VBDs elimination. Larbi concluded that VBDs can be eliminated by coordinated and well-tailored efforts involving all stakeholders in vector control.
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Researchers detect malaria resistant to key drug in Africa
MedicalXPress, 23 September 2021
Scientists have found evidence of a resistant form of malaria in Uganda, a worrying sign that the top drug used against the parasitic disease could ultimately be rendered useless without more action to stop its spread.
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Malaria Consortium conducts first ever study to establish acceptability and feasibility of SMC outside the Sahel
MalariaConsortium, 22 September 2021
Malaria Consortium researchers, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programme in Mozambique, have undertaken a phased implementation study in Nampula province to understand if seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) is a feasible and acceptable intervention to prevent malaria in children under five.
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New vaccine platform can better induce anti-malaria immunity in the liver
NewsMedical. Net, 16 September 2021
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