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PAMCA in Collaboration with Infravec2 to Hold a Workshop on Vector-Borne Epidemics Preparedness and Vector Control
The Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) in collaboration with Infravec2 is set to hold a three-day workshop dubbed ‘Vector-borne epidemics preparedness and vector control’’ from the 23rd to 25th of July 2018 at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The three-day workshop is intended to bring together government bodies and institutions representatives across the African region to define how gaps and needs in vector borne diseases research can be accomplished, communication improved, and excellent data sharing achieved among countries.
The objective of the meeting is five-fold, to work on; the common indicators for disease preparedness; harmonization and standardization in data collection; quality of data; databases for vector-borne diseases; data demands and uses; and increasing confidence in data information.
PAMCA at the 8th KEMRI Annual Scientific and Health Conference
PAMCA secretariat; Dorothy Faraay and Oscar Ochieng attended the 8th KEMRI Annual Scientific and Health Conference held from 14th -16th February 2018 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. The main theme of the conference was “Health Research for Sustainable Development”. The conference was officially opened by Hon. Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary Health, Kenya. The key note address was made by Prof. Charles Mbogo, PAMCA’s President, and KASH Organizing Committee Chair. A total of 500 people participated in the conference, including KEMRI staff members led by the Director, Prof. Yeri Kombe, also in attendance was Dr. Kevin De Cock, CDC Country Director, members of the Health Committee of Parliament, researchers, academics, entomologists and science journalists.
The conference was an opportunity to meet and network with industry players in the field of mosquito and related diseases to whom various materials on PAMCA were distributed. It was also a platform to increase public awareness of PAMCA’s activities. During the health break sessions, participants had an opportunity to ask questions for clarifications – Approximately 70 participants, mostly PhD students and research journalists visited the booth. Most of whom were interested in joining the organisation and wanted to know more about PAMCA and what is in store for them once they subscribe as members.
During the conference, the secretariat was able to forge linkages with science journalists who were covering the event and participating in training on how to package and disseminate information on science and health especially on malaria and other related vector borne diseases. PAMCA was successful in enhancing the visibility of PAMCA’s work and role to pertinent audiences; health experts and policy makers; increase membership and membership retention – expand the number of professionals in PAMCA membership; build rapport with media in-order to increase media coverage of PAMCA activities.
PAMCA Kenya Chapter Participates in the SADC Malaria Commemoration Day in Limpopo Province, South Africa
Pan African Mosquito Control Association Secretariat led by its Executive Director, Dr. Prosper Chaki attended the Southern African Development Community (SADC) malaria commemoration day held on 10th November 2017, Polokwane, South Africa. The event had a strong focus on advocacy, highlighting the plight of malaria in the Southern Africa Region, coupled with showcasing excellence in science, and innovation towards malaria prevention, control and elimination.
The main objective for the commemoration of the SADC Malaria Day was to raise awareness about malaria among malaria affected communities, key decision makers, the media, relevant stakeholders and the public at large. Its theme was ‘Strong cross-border collaboration is key to malaria elimination’.
The event brought together researchers, decision makers, entomologists, researchers, academics, WHO officials and health ministers from SADC region and beyond with the common aim of trying to find lasting solutions to some of the most destructive diseases like malaria, polio and other vector borne diseases.
The event was also an opportunity for PAMCA to network with other organisations that have similar objectives in the wider SADC region do.
According to the Pan African Mosquito Control Association By-Laws: Each Chapter will adopt the same structure of management as PAMCA ~ Africa and governed as such (Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer)
Kenya Chapter – Team Members
Chairperson: Dr. Simon Muriu
Treasurer: Dr. Joseph Mwangangi
Secretary: Dr. Damaris Matoke
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