CEREMONY OF OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF PIIVEC (Partnership for Increasing the Impact of the Vector Control) PROJECT IN CAMEROON

Yaoundé, May 9,2018

On May 9, 2018 in Yaoundé, Professor Charles Wondji, director of the Center for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID), launched the project Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC). The launching ceremony was chaired by the Director of Health Promotion at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Cheumaga, in the presence of the representative of the High Commissioner of Great Britain in Cameroon and several other Cameroonian authorities. In this case the representative of the Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, the representative of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the representative of the Minister of External Relations, the sub-divisional of the district of Yaoundé, officials from the city’s public security department and PIIVeC project coordinator Prof. Hilary Ranson of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).

Indeed, the register of speeches was inaugurated by Professor Charles Wondji who presented the PIIVeC project. To this end, he pointed out that it was designed in the light of the numerous damage caused by vector-borne diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, filariasis, dengue fever, zika, etc. He also said that the importance of this project also relies on statistics related to these epidemics, which statistics are not the most brilliant. According to Professor Charles Wondji, these insect-borne diseases kill about one billion people worldwide and kill more than one million men, women and children each year. It is therefore, he continued, that the British government is financing the PIIVeC project, through the Global Challenges ResearchFund, up to five billion CFA francs, over a period of three years (2018 -2022). Three countries have therefore been designated to lead this project including Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Malawi, said the PIIVeC project focal point in Cameroon.

Following Prof. Charles Wondji, Prof. Hilary Ranson, PIIVeC project coordinator, emphasized in her remarks that the main objective of the PIIVeC project is to “increase the scientific capacity of African researchers, supported by their British counterparts. to develop sustainable solutions and build partnerships to reduce the burden of vector-borne diseases in sub-Saharan Africa “. And it is for this reason, she argued, that the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) will lead this project in partnership with research institutes, non-governmental organizations and national disease control programs. And because such a project can not be done by evading the research component, Professor Hilary Ranson explained that “this project will contribute to the training of young scientists enrolled at the Master and PhD levels in Cameroonian universities in various disciplines such as: medical entomology, epidemiology, health economics, social sciences … “. Speaking in turn, the Representative of the United Kingdom High Commissioner stressed the negative impact of vector-borne diseases on the health of populations. He went on to commend the efforts made by the CRID, but especially those of Pr Hilary Ranson whose presence in the PIIVeC project increases all the credit that is devolved to him. It also signaled the British Government’s readiness to follow closely this oh-so salutary and valuable initiative in relations between Cameroon and Great Britain.

And as the protocol stipulates in such circumstances, the representative of the Minister of Public Health took the floor. Dr. Cheumaga first praised this project, but most of all, on behalf of the Cameroonian government, sent the thanks of the Minister of Public Health to Great Britain for the funding of this project, as well as the Liverpool School. of Tropical Medicine. He mentioned to this effect that “the PIIVeC project will provide substantial support to the efforts of the Cameroonian government whose permanent concern is to improve the health of the population”. In the long run, he continued, “the project will contribute to a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality from vector-borne diseases that constitute a real public health problem. This will require the implementation of effective, locally adapted and sustainable vector control strategies that capitalize on the country’s expertise by making judicious use of available resources, “he said.

Finally, the Representative of the Minister of Public Health indicated that this type of project helps to strengthen the links between Cameroon and Great Britain and that his dearest wish is for the two countries to succeed in eradicate these epidemics from the world map. In the meantime, he wished good luck to the PIIVeC project.

After the speech phase, Professor Charles Wondji presented the team that will coordinate the PIIVeC project in Cameroon. It consists of Prof. Same EKOBO, Pr Flobert NJIOKOU and Dr. Cyrille NDO. In addition, the project management team included in the PIIVeC consists of Dr. Billy Tene, Dr. Huguette SIMO, Dr. Marcel SANDEU and Dr. Tresor MELATCHIO. It is this articulation that ended the ceremonial ceremony. Which was followed by the visit of the stands designed for this occasion.

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