Pan African Mosquito Control Association held two pre-conference activities which include; Africa Grant Writing Bootcamp for African Innovators held from 12th- 13th October 2017at the Laico Ouaga 2000 Hotel, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This was target to provide early-career African innovators and scientists an opportunity to receive intensive coaching on how to develop successful grant proposals. The training brought together twenty (20) early-career African innovators and scientists to strengthen their grant writing skills, to complete proposals ready to be submitted for review by funding bodies, and more importantly use the platform to develop network of leading early –career innovators and researchers across Africa. Participants were drawn from different African countries and we believe that they gained the much-needed deeper understanding of writing winning proposals. The writing boot camp was jointly organized and facilitated by PAMCA, African Academy of Sciences Grand Challenges Africa Programme, Ifakara Health Institute and IRSS.
We also hosted a three-day training on Novel Genetic Vector Control Strategies: Considerations for Responsible Research at Laico Ouaga 2000 Hotel, Burkina Faso. The short course training was held between 13th to 15th October 2017. The aim of the training was to equip upcoming entomologists and researchers in biology, medicine, policy makers and health professionals with basic understanding of mosquito genetics and the steps involved in genetic modification of mosquitoes including gene editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9. It brought together more than thirty (30) participants from 12 different countries. The training was jointly organized by PAMCA in collaboration with MRTC, Mali, UVRI, Uganda, Target Malaria with the support of NEPAD.