Call for Application; Recognition of Excellence of Women in Vector Control



In sub-Saharan African countries (SSA), Vector-borne disease (VBDs) are endemic and exert enormous pressure on the public health systems in many of these countries. Women are key change agents in the concerted effort to combat VBDs, thus their involvement in the design, leadership and execution of health interventions increases the levels of community acceptance and compliance and help shape best practices in VBD control and elimination.

The active participation of women in vector control activities has multiple benefits including providing equal access to gainful employment to women, similar to men; promote better health outcomes and creates sustainability in the vector control programs. PAMCA has mainstreamed gender issues in its capacity building in vector control in SSA countries by establishing a fully-fledged woman in vector control (WIVC) program. Together with it’s partners, PAMCA plans to continue supporting the active participation of women in vector control by organizing award ceremonies that recognize the efforts, achievements and excellence among women who have contributed exceptionally to research and leadership in the control of VBDs in SSA.

Excellence Award

The WIVC excellence awards ceremony will be held during this year’s 8th PAMCA Annual Conference & Exhibition to be held between 26th – 28th September 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. PAMCA will honor and showcase six women under three categories: early career and rising star, mid-career, and senior and established WIVC with a token grant of up to $2500 each. The awardees will have the liberty to re-invest in initiatives that promotes women participation in VBDs in SSA. Awardees will be competitively selected from a short-list of applicants based on a pre-determined criterion.


·  The WIVC excellence Award specifically targets female investigators/professionals who have demonstrated exemplary performance in the fight against vector borne diseases.

·  The applicants must have shown leadership and mentorship abilities in their areas of work.

·  The Applicants must be registered PAMCA members with valid PAMCA membership for the current year of application. 

Applicants are invited from

Early /rising star, Mid-Career and Senior scientists female investigators/professionals in all areas of vector control. Please indicate your PAMCA membership ID and provide an itemized cost of the conference travel (e.g. return airfare costs, accommodation, subsistence, COVID Test if needed, etc)  All applications must be received by midnight of July 25, 2022 EAT.  All applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Important dates

· Applications opens: July 05, 2022

· Application closes: July 25, 2022

· Notification on successful applicants: August 10, 2022

Review process & assessment criteria

Each applicant is expected to apply for the award within the timeline and submit the all the requirements for each category. Please note that  all incomplete application will automatically be disqualified.

The applications will be assessed on the following criteria

· Applicant fulfils all the eligibility criteria

· Duly filled and completed application form. Click here to access the Applicant Form


Successful applicants will be notified of their applications by August 10, 2022, following successful review of the applications by a joint panel of PAMCA and WIVC Committee. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed promptly.

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