Meet the MESA Correspondents that will cover the 8th PAMCA Annual Conference and Exhibition
The MESA Correspondents are volunteers who report on the latest in malaria research from conferences around the world. The synopses are shared online, enabling people who could not attend the meeting to read about the research discussed. The MESA Correspondents program is a collaboration between MESA and the conference organizers.
Nzungize Lambert, Eggrey Aisha Kambewa, Oyinkansola Fadiji and Jean Claude Ngirimana will cover in person the sessions at the 8th PAMCA Annual Conference & Exhibition, which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 26 - 28 September 2022. Summaries will be cross-posted online on the MESA Correspondents page and MalariaWorld website.
Nzungize Lambert PhD, founder of Synbio Rwanda and Researcher at Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID), Cameroon, working on a project that aims to identify molecular markers for metabolic resistance to insecticides in malaria vectors funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His research interests are RNA biology in infectious diseases using NGS data to tackle resistance genes, markers and therapeutic candidate genes. Being a MESA Correspondent will be a fantastic opportunity to gain knowledge and research trends in malaria.
Eggrey Aisha Kambewa is a research assistant under the Shire Valley vector control project at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome trust (MLW). Eggrey is interested in vector biology, behavior and ecology in relation to the development and testing of novel malaria vector tools. Being a MESA correspondent will provide an opportunity to network with prominent vector scientists and will strengthen my communication skills.
Oyinkansola Suliat Fadiji PhD started off in microbiology and currently works at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State in Nigeria. As a parasitologist, she has worked on mosquito surveillance and insecticide resistance testing where her responsibilities included facilitating community entry which relies extensively on communication skills. Working with MESA will help hone my skills in the simplification of science thereby promoting interest and understanding beyond the scientific community.
Jean Claude Ngirimana is a last-year student at the Biomedical Laboratory, University of Rwanda (UR). He has the knowledge and experience with malaria diagnosis as his career is lab scientist and he had the opportunity to practice for 10 months in the Gihundwe Hospital, a military referral hospital, and at the National Center of Blood Transfusion. Participating in the 8th PAMCA Conference is an opportunity to increase my educational background and extensive experience in malaria advanced future molecular diagnostic approaches and elimination strategies and encourage me to prepare for my future research.
The MESA Alliance would like to acknowledge also the support from past correspondents that are attending the PAMCA Conference: Leslie Diane Nkahe (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon), Mauro Pazmino Betancourth (University of Glasgow, UK), Doumbe Belisse Patricia (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon), Nathalie Amvongo-Adjia (Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases -CRID, Cameroon), and other volunteers Otubea Owusu Akrofi (National Malaria Control Programme, Ghana) and Caroline Kiuru (Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain)
This program would not be possible without the editorial support from Jessy Goupeyou-Youmsi (WIVC Regional Coordinator for West Africa) and Idelphonse Bonaventure Ahogni (Centre for Research in Entomology of Cotonou - CREC, Ministry of Health, Benin).