Workshop: Private Sector Opportunities in IRS and Malaria Control In West Africa
September 12, 2013 - September 13, 2013
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.
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
Entomological and Epidemiological Moniitoring of IRS Program in Northern Ghana - Benjamin Abuaku, Research Fellow, Noguchi Memorial Insitute for Medical Research
Impacts de la Pulvérisation/Aspersion Intro Domiciliaire (PID/AID) d’insecticide à effet rémanent au Sénégal - Ousmane Faye, Professor, Etomologiste Médical Laboratoir d'Ecologie Vectorielle et Parasitaire, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar, Senegal
Baseline Information for the Implementation of IRS: The Nigeria Experience - Dr. Samson Awolola, Public Health Entomologist, HOD Public, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research
Multi-Sectorial Approach and Private Sector Opportunities in Malaria Control: A Successful Experience Dr. Ahmed M. Abdalla, Public Health and Research, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi