PIIVeC showcases the work of the consortium at the PAMCA conference and during our annual scientific meeting

30 Sep 2019
The PIIVeC consortium successfully completed our first annual scientific meeting in Yaounde, Cameroon, on 26-27 September, just following the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) conference.

Partners from across our consortium gathered together for the first annual scientific meeting on 26-27 September 2019. In addtion, on 25 September during the PAMCA conference, PIIVeC had the opportunity to highlight our work in a symposium discussing key evidence generated so far. This symposium highlighted research being conducted by young African scientists, addressing contemporary challenges, including surveillance and control of Aedes-borne arboviruses, residual malaria transmission, and evaluation of next generation vector control tools.  Speakers examined common challenges faced by research institutes to sustainably deliver relevant evidence and consider approaches for improving research uptake and policy change, and challenges and opportunities for integrated technical working groups for vector control. 

Following PAMCA, fifty-five participants from our partner organisations in Malawi, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Kenya, spent one and a half days discussing successes of the programme so far, barriers and challenges we have experienced, and learning points to take forward over the next two years of the programme. 

The meeting was centered around participatory activities, allowing consortium members to discuss together in small groups. This allowed us to gather perspectives and viewpoints in an equitable way across all consortium members. Key findings that emerged over the two days included:

  • Significant validation of work being done
  • Many of the recommendations for change were about internal attitudes rather than the programme activities
  • However, there were several areas that emerged that required additional attention:
    • Enabling and encouraging south-south collaboration and communication  
    • Secondments and exchange of staff (S-S, S-N, N-N, national or international)
    • TVCAG Sustainability
    • Training, mentorship and early career researcher development

These priority areas were reviewed by the group during sessions on day two, with specific activities suggested to improve the consortium's capacity to address these challenges. A full meeting report will be available in the coming weeks.