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TRAINING: Experts empowered to monitor insecticide resistance

March 25, 2024 9:00hrs
TRAINING: Experts empowered to monitor insecticide resistance
Ifakara scientist Prof. Nicodem Govella facilitates a session during the refresher training on monitoring insecticide resistance and associated guidelines for vector biology professionals in Ifakara, Morogoro. Credit: IFAKARA Communications

This week, as part of the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative-funded DHIBITI MALARIA Project, Ifakara Health Institute joined forces with the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) and Population Service International (PSI-TZ) to organize a comprehensive refresher training for vector biology professionals. The aim was to equip them with the latest techniques for monitoring insecticide resistance and implementing associated guidelines.

Held at Ifakara's branch offices from March 25 to 28, the training was attended by vector biologists specializing in mosquitoes, laboratory scientists proficient in molecular diagnostics, and field entomologists. The ultimate objective of the training is to enhance entomological surveillance and guide effective vector control strategies in Tanzania.

Dr. Yeromin Mlacha, the Project Leader and facilitator from Ifakara, highlighted the importance of the initiative, stating, "Through this training, our goal is to provide an opportunity for harmonizing field methodologies/standard operating procedures and the necessary skills and practical knowledge related to entomological surveillance and monitoring of insecticide resistance."

The four-day event included various modules, including theoretical sessions, hands-on practical exercises, and discussions. Participants engaged in interactive sessions, where they learned about innovative approaches to monitoring insecticide resistance and exchanged best practices to enhance their efficacy in the field.

This training comes as a continuation of similar initiatives undertaken by the Ifakara Health Institute in previous years, underscoring the institution's commitment to addressing emerging challenges in vector control and public health. 

Learn more about Dhibiti Malaria Project here.