The WHO Global Malaria Programme at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

13-17 November 2016
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America


Symposium #96: Integration of mass drug administration with vector control approaches: an enhanced malaria elimination package

This symposium aims to discuss key considerations for mass drug administration (MDA), a more aggressive drug-based approach, in combination with deployment of an expanded toolbox of vector control tools for malaria elimination. MDA is considered a promising and effective tool to reduce the human parasite reservoir if optimized and deployed properly. Recent WHO recommendations on MDA lay out the use scenarios for MDA and also suggest that robust vector control strategies need to be integrated with MDA.

Session chairs
  • Ingrid Chen, Global Health Sciences, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Sheila Ogoma Barasa, U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Kenya, Kisumu, Kenya
  • Andrea Bosman, Global Malaria Programme, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Alassane Dicko, Malaria Research and Training Centre, Bamako, Mali
  • Allison Tatarsky, Global Health Sciences, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Francisco Saute, Manhica Health Research Center, Maputo, Mozambique

When: 15 November 2016 (16:00–17:45)
Where: Marriott - Marquis B

Symposium #118: Implications of insecticide resistance on malaria vector control: outcomes from a multi-country evaluation

In 2009, the WHO Global Malaria Programme with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiated a multi-country study to ascertain the potential loss of epidemiological effectiveness of these core insecticidal interventions as a result of decreased susceptibility of malaria vectors to the insecticides used. The longitudinal study was completed in four African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Kenya and Sudan) in 2016. In this symposium we will review key outcomes from the study and discuss the implications for malaria control and elimination

Session chairs
  • Tessa B. Knox, Global Malaria Programme, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Immo Kleinschmidt, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
  • Martin Akogbeto, Centre de Recherché Entomologique de Cotonou, Cotonou, Benin
  • Jude D. Bigoga, Biotechnology Center and Department of Biochemistry, University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Charles M. Mbogo, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Hmooda Toto Kafy, IVM Unit, Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Immo Kleinschmidt, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

When: 16 November 2016 (10:15–12:00)
Where: Marriott - Imperial A

Symposium #150: Towards better surveillance: assessing and building on routine systems to develop specialized surveillance platforms for elimination

This symposium will provide an overview of the technical challenges faced by countries as they are transitioning to an elimination-focused surveillance system, including the development of regional platforms for data collection, and to harmonizing multiple national systems into one cohesive approach. Specific surveillance challenges encountered in elimination countries across southern Africa and southeast Asia will be presented. Presentations from individual countries will cover innovative solutions to issues such as cross-border surveillance of migrants, combining entomological and epidemiological surveillance in one system, and harmonization of multiple legacy surveillance systems into one comprehensive platform.

Session chairs
  • Erin Eckert, President's Malaria Initiative, USAID, Washington, DC, United States
  • Richard Cibulskis, Global Malaria Programme, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland, Co-Chair
  • Arnaud Le Menach, Clinton Health Access Initiative, New York, NY, United States
  • Arantxa Roca-Feltrer, Malaria Consortium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Joseph Mberikunashe, Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Yazoume Ye, Measure Evaluation, ICF International, Rockville, MD, United States

When: 16 November 2016 (16:00–17:45)
Where: Marriott - Marquis C

Side meeting

Plasmodium falciparum hrp2/3 gene deletions: update, implications and response

Breakfast side meeting

When: 15 November 2016 (7:00–8:30)
Where: Rooms M106/107

Speeches by the Director/ GMP

Dr Pedro L. Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, will address delegates at the following event:

Inaugural Alan J. Magill Malaria Eradication Symposium
When:14 November 2016 (19:00–21:00)
Where: Marriott - Atrium A