Innovative approaches to building entomological capacity in Africa: E8 Entomology Fellows Michael Lifasi and Regis Mavhiya present their experiences and outline of research projects during the Symposium ‘Enhancing entomological capacity in Africa for effective vector-borne disease control: prospects, challenges, and opportunities’ at the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) Annual Conference from 23-25 September 2019 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

The E8 Entomology Fellowship was showcased during the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) 6th Annual Conference hosted at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 23 – 25 September 2019. The PAMCA conference and exhibition is an international forum where scientists, national program officials, NGOs and industry representatives meet to discuss the latest updates in vector control, to disseminate their research findings as well as to build collaborations, networks and partnerships.

“The E8 is doing good work to support NMCPs in their efforts to build capacity for vector control and entomological surveillance.”

 

– Dr Charles Mbogo

President, Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA)  

In Sub-Saharan Africa, inadequate capacity to respond timely and effectively to increased vector-borne disease transmission is one of the major factors that aggravates the threat posed by these diseases. Malaria is one of the major diseases of public health concern in southern Africa and is also within the reach of countries to eliminate by 2030. This is the main goal of the eight partner countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Elimination 8 partnership which includes Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This E8 Entomology Fellowship serves as an alternative model that countries and partnerships of countries can use to build entomological capacity and professional networks.

 

The SADC E8 team to PAMCA presented on Tuesday 24 September during Symposium 5 titled Enhancing entomological capacity in Africa for effective vector-borne disease control: prospects, challenges, and opportunities. Dr Chadwick Sikaala (Vector Control Specialist and Entomologist) and Lesley-Anne van Wyk (Consultant: Program Coordination Support) presented the structure of the tailored Fellowship program designed to meet the needs of the eight National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) for entomological surveillance capacity needs. Michael Lifasi (Namibian E8 Fellow) and Regis Mavhiya (Zimbabwean E8 Fellow) shared their experiences from the training, research project and mentorship elements of the program, outlining the value of the program for their professional and personal development as vector control technicians involved in the day-to-day running of the malaria program activities in their countries.

 

For more information on the E8 Fellowship presentation made during the PAMCA Symposium, please visit: http://www.mesamalaria.org/resource-hub/6th-pamca-annual-conference-exhibition-day-2

To read the abstracts outlining the E8 Entomology Fellowship and the Fellow’s research projects, please download the conference abstract book: http://www.mesamalaria.org/resource-hub/6th-pamca-annual-conference-exhibition-2019-abstract-book