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MalariaGEN’s guide to PAMCA 2023

The Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) is this year holding its annual conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For those attending, here are some highlights exploring themes that underpin the work of the MalariaGEN network and our partners globally.

News 15 Sep 2023

Genomic surveillance

If you are interested in using genomics to track the ever-shifting evolution of malaria vectors, check out these sessions.

Vector genomics surveillance program in Africa: opportunities, progress, and future outlook

Who? Elijah Juma (PAMCA) & Alistair Miles (Genomic Surveillance Unit, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK)

When? Monday September 18, 14:00-15:30

Where? Meeting room 2

Reorienting surveillance and management in the context of emerging threats of disease vectors

Who? Prof. Beyene Petros (Policy Study Institute, Ethiopia)

When? Sunday September 17, 18:35-19:15

Where? Ballroom 1

Why data-based mathematical models matter, and how can they be used to influence policies, save lives, and ensure a long-lasting optimal control of vector-borne diseases

Who? Misonge K Ivan (AMMnet, Cameroon)

When? Monday September 18, 14:00-15:30

Where? Ballroom 2

Precision public health and innovations for VBD elimination: artificial intelligence, entomological databases, genomic surveillance, new and reemerging disease vectors, climate change, One health

What? Scientific Session

When? Tuesday September 19, 10:20-12:00

Where? Ballroom 3

Gene drive

Are genetically modified mosquitoes our best weapon in the future of vector control? Find out more during these sessions.

Field trials of malaria vectors engineered with gene-drive: If not now, when?

Who? Ana Kormos (University of California, Malaria Initiative)

When? Monday September 18, 16:00-17:30

Where? Ballroom 1

Considerations for transboundary movement of gene drive mosquitoes

Who? Wolfgang Richard Mukabana (University of Nairobi)

When? Wednesday September 20, 16:30-18:00

Where? Ballroom 3

Women in malaria vector control

Much of the most exciting work in the malaria vector field is being led by women. Hear how gender barriers continue to crumble in these sessions. #womeninmalaria

Women leading the charge: Breaking the gender barrier in malaria & vector-borne disease response

Who? Corine Karema (RBM Partnership to End Malaria)

When? Tuesday September 19, 09:00-09:30

Where? Ballroom 3

Bridging the gap “the dos and don’ts”: Gender inclusivity in vector-borne disease research and control in Africa

What? Panel discussion

Who? Christina Sudi (PAMCA) & Jessy Goupeyou (PAMCA)

When? Tuesday September 19, 15:30-17:00

Where? Ballroom 1

Advancing the malaria and gender intersection towards malaria elimination: Pathways and futures

Who? Patience G. Okyere Asante (University of Ghana, Legon)

When? Wednesday September 20, 16:30-18:00

Where? Meeting room 2

Beyond borders: Climate change & vector introductions

Climate change increases the suitability of some environments for new vector species. With PAMCA in Ethiopia this year, it is unsurprising that this theme looks set to be explored through the spread of An. stephensi across the Horn of Africa of beyond.

Technical updates about the preparedness, gaps, and response to Anopheles stephensi in Africa

Who? Ayman Ahmed (The Global Fund)

When? Monday September 18, 16:00-17:30

Where? Ballroom 5

Controlling emergent Anopheles stephensi in Ethiopia and Sudan (CEASE)

Who? Alison M. Reynolds (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK)

When? Thursday September 21, 11:00-13:00

Where? Ballroom 5

And finally, looking to the future…

Pivoting to African-derived and led impactful research and intervention implementation

What? Panel discussion 3

When? Thursday September 21, 08:30-09:30

Where? Ballroom 1,2,3 combined

Who? Co-moderated by Jaishree Raman (NICD, South Africa) and Ghislaine O. Ametchie (Northwestern University, USA)

Student poster competition

What? Poster session from vector-control students

When? Wednesday September 20, 12:15 – 13:00

Where? Ballroom 1

View the full PAMCA 2023 conference program here.