Boot Camp V, Day 2: Rear Adm. Ziemer, Malaria Control Interventions, Global Actors, IRS, and Malaria Drug Research

The second day of Malaria Boot Camp V was filled with high profile experts from the international malaria field. Staff and Volunteer Leaders had the opportunity to speak directly with malaria experts about the global malaria fight, malaria control interventions, and the science of malaria. Presenters today included: Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, the Global U.S. Malaria Coordinator, Debbie Gueye, Senegal USAID/PMI Resident Advisor, Julie Thwing, Senegal CDC/PMI Resident Advisor, and Dr. Dennis Kyle, PhD, Professor at the University of South Florida.

Rear. Admiral Ziemer, Global U.S. Malaria Coordinator, virtually presented to the newest malaria team members via Skype. He started off by acknowledging the work of Peace Corps Volunteers and thanking them for their efforts. He recognized “Peace Corps as a key member of the PMI team” and admires how volunteers “link theory with reality” through grassroots development. Adm. Ziemer then shared a bit of the history of PMI, its achievements, and its goals. He stressed the importance of working within the goals and strategies of each country’s National Malaria Control Program and partnerships. Participants had the opportunity to directly ask Adm. Ziemer questions, in which he addressed the importance of fieldwork and reality of malaria elimination.

[quote style=”1″] Peace Corps is a key member of the PMI team.

– Rear. Admiral Ziemer, Global U.S. Malaria Coordinator[/quote]

Senegal USAID/PMI Resident Advisor presents on the major actors in malaria control.

Senegal’s two PMI Resident Advisors from USAID and the CDC spent the entire morning with the bootcampers. USAID/PMI RA, Debbie Gueye, presented a thorough overview of major malaria control interventions. She broke down the primary interventions into two categories: vector control and case management. She touched upon the logistics and benefits of the major interventions of bed nets, IRS, prompt testing and treatment, and chemoprevention. Debbie also discussed how PMI works to strengthen health systems through researching supply chain management methods and information sharing. She explained how strengthening health systems contribute to sustainability of malaria control efforts.

Debbie also presented about who’s who in the world of malaria. She provided an overview of the major international actors in malaria control including PMI, Roll Back Malaria, and the Global Fund and their roles and operations.

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CDC Resident Advisor, Julie Thwing, followed Debbie with a presentation about the principles of entomology and entomological monitoring. She explained how entomological monitoring is important to understand the impact of indoor residual spraying (IRS), a commonly used method of malaria control. Julie also explained the details of IRS as well as the environmental implications and strategies to remain environmentally safe.

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Julie Thwing, Senegal CDC/PMI Resident Advisor presents the principles of entomology.

Dr. Dennie Kyle, Professor at the University of South Florida, finished off the day with an insightful presentation about the plasmodium life cycle and current drug research. He shed some light on perplexing questions such as how mosquitoes can survive dry, cool seasons. Participants learned about the most recent research developments in malaria drugs and how scientist are able to track drug efficacy in test mice by injecting the malaria parasite with a bio-luminescent protein that causes the parasite to “glow” throughout the body. Participants are exhausted from such an informative day, but hungry for more.

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