International symposium "Malaria and Human African Trypanosomiasis in West Africa: Innovative Strategies for their Prevention and Control"
Institut des Sciences Biomédicales Appliquées (ISBA), auditorium, 01 BP 918, Cotonou, Bénin, from 07 October 2010 to 08 October 2010
Malaria and Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) are still an unacceptable burden on health and economic development in developing countries. The spread of parasite resistance to drugs and vector resistance to insecticides is particularly worrying because it constantly challenges the Vector-Borne Disease control strategies. The implications of National Control Programmes (NMCPs and NTCPs) are crucial in the prevention and control of these diseases especially in malaria endemic (stable) countries and where HAT has re-emerged or returned in epidemic proportions (Conakry Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire). It is therefore essential to strengthen operational researches and promote training programmes in the field of medical entomology, epidemiology and immunology to help developing countries to implement sustainable actions against these diseases and to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. This symposium will present recent advances obtained by IRD and their partners in terms of parasite detection, prevention and control of malaria and sleeping sickness in West Africa. Specific sessions will be devoted to recent findings obtained in the framework of a regional research project (REFS, 2007-2010) fund by the FSP-MAE focusing on innovative strategies for the control of these vector borne diseases in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire). The symposium will also aim at providing scientists, students, stakeholders with new insights into the following fields of research;
- Entomological and epidemiological impacts of innovative malaria vector control strategies,
- Consequence of malaria during pregnancy and associated foetal outcomes in the prospect of the development of specific vaccine for pregnant women,
- New strategies for the detection and prevention of HAT by using genetic, geographic and epidemiological approaches,
This symposium will also discuss the new perspectives and priorities in terms of prevention & control of malaria and HAT in Africa. It will also promote exchanges between entomologists, epidemiologists, parasitologists and immunologists working in these important fields of public health. Efforts will be made also to promote communications and valorisation of young scientists coming from the North and the South. A call for abstract will be lunched by Internet in May 2010.
Dr Vincent CORBEL, IRD-CREC, 01 BP 4414 RP Cotonou, BENIN
Tel 00 229 21 05 41 41 / 00 229 95 91 50 92
Fax 00 229 21 37 49 81
Mail : Vincent.email@example.com