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Workshop: Private Sector Opportunities in IRS and Malaria Control In West Africa

September 12, 2013 - September 13, 2013

Accra, Ghana

GBCHealth’s Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) and Roll Back Malaria held a two-day private sector-targeted workshop on Sept. 12-13 in Accra, Ghana examining the challenges and opportunities related to indoor residual spraying (IRS) and malaria control activities in workplaces and communities.

The event brought together companies operating in West Africa, National Malaria Control Program Managers from 11 countries, World Health Organization representatives and leading researchers from the region. The event, Private Sector Opportunities in IRS and Malaria Control in West Africa, aimed to:

  • Promote and increase private sector engagement and investment in workplace and community IRS and malaria control activities in West Africa
  • Demonstrate the business case for IRS and malaria control in the region
  • Highlight best in-class private sector driven IRS program
  • Share updates on IRS and resistance management trends from international and country level expert
  • Establish connections across all parties

The workshop covered a range of topics, including:

  • Updates and the latest reseach on malaria control in the West Africa Region 
  • IRS basics with case studies from the mining companies Rio Tinto and AngloGold Ashanti
  • Partnerships 101 - how to work with government malaria managers
  • Addressing the challenge of resistance management
  • Financing and evaluating a corporate IRS program
  • An interactive exhibit by AngloGold Ashanti complete with spraying pumps, an IRS sprayer mannequin and live mosquitos!

Companies that attended included GBCHealth members AngloGold Ashanti, Bayer, Dow, GE, HEINEKEN, Lafarge, MosquitoZone, NLNG, Rio Tinto, SC Johnson, Vestergaard Frandsen and the non-profit RTI International. Other companies included a range of mining, oil and gas and agriculture firms.

The workshop resulted in new plans for several companies to start IRS programs for their employees and communities, new collaborations with governments and better data and surveillance programs.

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Session Powerpoint Presentations:

Introduction to Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS)

Partnerships That Work: Models for Successful Public and Private Sector Collaboration for IRS

Addressing the Challenges of Resistance Management

Financing and Evaluating A Corporate IRS Program

Research Updates on IRS