Born from the need to engage the public in the work it carries out, CRID’s OPEN DAY is a public engagement opportunity for science incline students, researchers Civil Society Organisations and the media to experience first-hand CRID’s efforts to optimise malaria control in Cameroon and Africa.
As part of its activities marking the 12th World Malaria Day, CRID organised an Open Day event which took place at its head-office at Nkol-Eton, Yaoundé. With 42 visitors from different institutions, each (in groups of 12) was given access to the laboratory where experiments are carried out; and to the insectary where mosquitoes are kept and blood fed after collection for further analysis. At the end of the tour, visitors had a brief seminar during which they got to know in detail CRID’s objectives, target, why and how to become a researcher on vector borne disease and scholarship opportunities in molecular biology.
“I’ve been exposed to what CRID is doing in so far as vector control in Cameroon is concerned. At the insectary, we had a very good drill on how live mosquitoes are captured, nursed and kept at a specific temperature in order to monitor their resistance and the development of insecticide treated bed nets. The centre opened its doors to us to see and appreciate how mosquito bed nets can be used in different localities to better fight against malaria and the vector that causes the diseases. It was a very beneficial day for me as a young researcher because it permits me to network with other experienced researchers and build my capacity in the domain of vector control which is a real need in Africa” – Honore Awanakam, Research student, Yde I Univ.
“We had our questions answered on how mosquitoes blood feed and how to control mosquito breeding sites”- Herve Cedrick Ngobeu, Lab Technician, YES Health.
According to research, the present insecticide used in treating bed nets in Cameroon is losing its efficacy and this explains why the mosquito parasite has become resistant to the insecticide. And so, CRID is currently researching on new insecticides which would do the job better. Owing to the LLINs distribution campaign, the CRID goes as far as testing the efficacy of these mosquito nets before they are sent out to communities. As a routine, CRID looks forward to frequent public engagement activities to carry its community along in the control of vector-borne diseases to.