Collaboration & Partnerships
PAMCA is committed to creating an environment that fosters collaborative engagement among African entomologists and their partner institutions in an effort to minimise duplications, optimise resource utilization and provide synergy for vector-borne disease management and control interventions. There are ongoing deliberate efforts to build partnerships with public and private institutions, government agencies and funding agencies within and without the African continent. These include the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), National Institute for Medical Researches (Tanzania), Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) (Kenya), Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé, Direction Régionale de l’Ouest (IRSS DRO), (Burkina Faso), Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID) (Cameroon), University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Target Malaria, Central life Sciences, BioVision, Malaria World, Vestergaard, Bayer, Syngenta and Multilateral Initiative on Malaria/MIM, among others.
In this regard, PAMCA seeks to:
- Establish and host the PAMCA secretariat in one of the African countries (Kenya) to effectively carry out its mandate of fostering collaborative engagement among African partner institutions and human capital in tackling the challenge of vector-borne diseases in Africa.
- Develop a programme that brings together African institutions with expertise in public health entomology, vector population genetics, genomics, to synergise the management and mosquito vector management and control interventions, by participating in an expanded network for continent-wide sampling and genetic analysis of malaria vectors, and other arboviral vectors of public health significance.
- Support collection, collation and curation of essential genetic data on diversity and gene flow in Anopheles mosquitoes in nine different countries in Africa initially. The data generated from the genetic analysis will be used to describe the overall genetic diversity and gene flow among the primary malaria vectors in Africa.
- Coordinate research and training programmes conducted by local institutions across the continent either individually or in collaboration with other organisations within or outside of Africa.
- Mobilise public health entomologists/scientist and other allied professionals committed to engaging in collaborative practices in the field of vector-borne disease management and control in Africa, specifically among the already established PAMCA chapters in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
- Develop a user-friendly, publicly accessible, standardized, and scalable online repository of all entomological surveillance datasets, Anopheles genomics, population genetics, and other key data sets essential for evidence-based decision making. PAMCA will endeavor to collaborate with partners such as IHI that already have an established database system such as the Ifakara Entomological Bioinformatics System (IEBS) to be used as a basis for developing entomological databases in each PAMCA country.
- Formalise relationships with other key players in the African setting such as the African Union (AU), New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the East African Community (EAC), to provide PAMCA the platform to engage in policy and advisory roles on vector-borne disease management and control.
- Create linkages between National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) at the African Ministries of Health (MoHs) and the local research institutions and other key stakeholders collecting or using entomological data to provide entomological surveillance support as appropriate.