Pan Africa Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) attended the Southern African Development Community (SADC) malaria commemoration day held on 10th November 2017, Polokwane, South Africa. This year’s commemoration had a strong focus on advocacy, highlighting the plight of malaria in the Southern Africa Region, coupled with showcasing excellence in science, and innovation towards malaria prevention, control and elimination.
The main objective for the commemoration of the SADC Malaria Day was to create malaria awareness among the malaria affected communities, highlighting the plight of malaria among key decision makers, the media, relevant stakeholders and the public at large. Its theme was ‘Strong cross border collaboration is key to malaria elimination’.
The event brought together researchers, decision makers, epidemiologists, scientists, academics, WHO officials and health ministers from SADC region and beyond with the common aim of trying to find lasting solutions to some of the most destructive diseases like malaria, polio and other vector borne diseases.
The event was also an opportunity to network and familiarize ourselves with the work that other organisations with similar objectives in the wider SADC region do.