The Kenyan chapter of Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) has been launched.
Prof. Christian Borgemeister issuing keynote speech at the launch of the PAMCA Kenya Chapter
PAMCA which brings together the health experts involved in mosquito control activities in Africa is a registered continental organization aimed at the promotion of common control and research strategies against the mosquito and dissemination of information. The association which also aspires to grow into as a professional body was launched in Nairobi on October 3rd, 2012, by Director of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Dr. Solomon Mpoke. The brief ceremony was held at the Institute’s Training Centre and attended by over 50 health experts and media practitioners.
The key speaker at the function was, Prof. Christian Borgemeister, Director General of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). Others present were representatives from health-related non-governmental organizations, Universities, health sector control specialists and individuals from the private sector.
PAMCA’s function will be among other things coordinating information sharing concerning vector control activities amongst Africans, promotion of control and research on mosquitoes especially dissemination of information on the bionomics of mosquitoes across Africa and worldwide. The mission of PAMCA is to provide Leadership, Information, and Training /education leading to the enhancement of health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes and other mosquito-transmitted diseases, and the reduction of annoyance levels caused by mosquitoes and other vectors and pests of public health importance.
According to Dr. Charles Mbogo, the interim president of PAMCA, membership to the association is open to any individual of high professional and ethical standing who works on mosquito/vector control across the entire African continent and who supports the objectives of the organization. Other interim members of board include, Ms. Emma Orefuwa from United Kingdom (Secretary), Dr. Abdoulaye Diabate from Burkina Faso (Treasurer) and member from Cameroon is Dr. Antonio Christophe. The Kenyan chapter has Dr. Francis Mutuku as the chairman, Dr. Simon Muriu (Secretary), Dr. Joseph Mwangangi (treasurer) and members, Dr. David Mburu, Dr. Luna Kamau, Dr. Robert Karanja, Dr. Evans Mathenge and Dr. Mbogo.