Created in 2009, the Pan Africa Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) is an organization that brings together researchers, professionals and other African institutions in the fight against mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases.
The Pan Africa Mosquito Control Association recently held its 4th Annual Conference. It was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso under the theme “From the field to the laboratory and back in the field: progress towards eliminating malaria and controlling other diseases”. Representatives of the CRID took part in this meeting.
This conference was attended by several researchers who examined issues related to the elimination of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever and others.
The conference room of the Hotel Laïco Ouaga 2000, hosted the various activities of this forum from 16 to 18 October 2017. This conference was intended to help strengthen the capacity of African countries in the fight against vector-borne diseases and to provide a forum to facilitate exchanges between actors in the field.
In addition to this conference, two other training activities were organized. A bootcamp was held from 12 to 13 October 2017, bringing together innovators and scientists early in the career. Its purpose was to provide the assembled panel with the opportunity to receive intensive coaching on how to develop successful grant proposals. The second training took place from 13 to 15 October 2017 with the aim of training future entomologists and researchers in biology, the basics of mosquito genetics and stages of genetic modification of mosquitoes, including tools editing genes such as CRISPR / Cas9.
Malaria and dengue constitute for Cameroon and other developing countries a major public health problem. This is why researchers in this region need to exchange more to find ways and means to significantly reduce these cases of disease.