Charles is a public health entomologist with over 20 years’ experience in the conduct of entomological studies in Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea. His focus has been the study of malaria vectors and has worked on the large-scale evaluation of insecticide-treated bed nets, insecticide resistance, and integrated vector management (IVM) strategies. He has developed and implemented vector surveillance systems at local and national scales. Charles serves on various national and international technical committees. He maintains a keen interest in translating research into policy and practice and played an important role in the formulation of national policy on IVM. He is the current President of the Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), an association of African entomology professionals dedicated to Improving human health through suppression of mosquitoes and mosquito borne diseases.
Dr. Antonio Nkondjio Christophe, PhD
I am a medical entomologist working at OCEAC Cameroon. After haven completed a PhD in parasitology at the university of Yaoundé 1 Cameroon, I joined OCEAC for postdoctoral studies before been recruited as a full researcher in this institution. I have been working in OCEAC as researcher and training coordinator for OCEAC public health school (CIESPAC). My research vision is to contribute to malaria elimination by focusing on alternative but neglected aspects which could contribute to disease control. During my PhD and postdoctoral studies I conducted studies which highlighted the importance of local vectors in malaria transmission and the need for vector control operations to also target these vectors. These studies contributed in improving knowledge on these overlooked vectors and also reoriented the malaria vectors control strategy particularly in Cameroon. My studies on malaria vectors distribution in urban settings, permitted to describe the fast adaptation of malaria vectors to urban area, the rapid evolution of pyrethroid resistance in anopheles species and the variability of resistance mechanisms in vector populations. Findings of the study demonstrated the need for focus interventions in order to improve malaria control in urban settings. I am currently running a programme which goal is to assess the efficacy of larviciding for controlling malaria transmission in urban area (city of Yaoundé). I also hold a position of Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow.
Dr. Stephen Magesa, PhD
Dr. Stephen Magesa is the Director of vector control operations at RTI International’s U.S. Agency for International Development in Tanzania.
Magesa holds a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, a master of science degree in medical parasitology from the University of London, and a bachelor of science degree in zoology/ecology from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He also earned an MBA from a joint program between Maastricht School of Management and the East and Southern African Management Institute in the Netherlands and Tanzania, respectively.
Magesa is an expert in malaria vector control with more than 27 years of experience in malaria research, prevention and control programs in Africa, including Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. From 2010 to 2013, Magesa successfully managed as RTI’s chief of party indoor residual spraying operations supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative in Rwanda and Kenya.
Prior to RTI, he served as the center director for the National Institute for Medical Research, Amani Medical Research Center, a leading malaria research center in Africa. He oversaw the center’s Africa-wide entomological and parasitological research, and fieldwork related to vector control technologies, vector ecology and insecticide resistance. He previously served as a member of the World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) working group, and he is currently an alternate member of the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
In Tanzania, RTI collaborates with the national malaria control program to establish, scale-up and maintain comprehensive malaria vector control operations, including indoor residual spraying of households with insecticide and distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets, as well as strengthening disease surveillance systems to better monitor malaria morbidity and mortality and respond to malaria outbreaks in a more-timely fashion.
Dr. Magesa has received a number accolades for his exemplary work in this field of Malaria and another vector borne diseases in the East Africa Region. In 2014, he was awarded Tanzania’s National Best Health Scientist Award and National Health Innovation Award for his dedication to preventing and controlling malaria and other vector-borne diseases in Tanzania.
Ms. Emma Orefuwa, MSc, MPH
Emma Orefuwa has worked in a variety of Public Health roles for over eight years. Her initial degree was in Biochemical Sciences at the University of Salford in 2001. She then went on to study a Master of Science in medical entomology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2002). She gained a Master’s in Public Health from Kings College in 2009. Some of her achievements include; (i) Worked with the Carter Center, an international NGO based in Jos, Nigeria to investigate the susceptibility of a particular vector to local strains of parasite. This research fed into the evidence base for control efforts against Lymphatic Filariasis in Nigeria; (ii) Profiled the 2006 Chikungunya outbreak in Seychelles and worked collaboratively with the ministry of Health and sanitation in Seychelles; (iii) Chair of the first young researchers in progress session at the 4th European Mosquito Control association conference in Turin, 2009; (iv) Conducted high profile reviews for the NHS, including a review of Paediatric intensive care services in London and an audit inpatient HIV care across London, South East Coast and the East of England. This had led to the development of quality indicators for inpatient care and was presented at the British HIV Association conference.
Emma has held a variety of project management roles within the NHS, initially in-service improvement within South London and Maudsley NHS Trust then as a project manager for the Stroke Modernisation Initiative at Guys and St Thomas’ and most recently at the London Specialised Commissioning Group.’ Emma is currently working as Engagement and Fundraising Manager for the African Foundation Development, an African Diaspora led organisation that works to enhance the contributions of UK based Africans towards development initiatives in Africa.
Emma holds a lean six sigma green belt. Emma is the secretary of the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA)
Dr. Diabate Abdoulaye, PhD
Currently, Diabate Abdoulaye is the head of the medical entomology laboratory of the Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé/Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso. He received a Master’s degree at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and a PhD degree at the University of Montpellier II, France. His PhD studies were related to the resistance of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae to pyrethroids. His main focus was to describe the geographic distribution of resistance to pyrethroids in this mosquito species across Burkina Faso and to characterize the mechanisms and the ecological factors involved in its selection. Laboratory work included molecular techniques for characterizing genes and its haplotypes involved in insecticide resistance development in mosquito populations. After his PhD degree, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the National Institutes of Health (USA) for 4 years. He was interested in “ecological specialisation” in Anopheles gambiae as major evolutionary force generating biological diversity, which may lead to speciation. Diabate has been back in his home institution since 2009 and is leading the medical entomology laboratory. During his professional career, he has frequently interacted with various stakeholders worldwide (Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali), and diverse scientists and faculties in France, United Kingdom and USA. Moreover, he has taken a number of elected courses, supervised students at Master and PhD levels and developed short educational programmes, public health oriented. So far he has co-chaired several scientific sessions at international conferences (ASTMH, MIM) and was an invited speaker at George Washington University. He won the best oral presentation award in the 9th International Meeting “Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases”. Currently he is a reviewer of several journals (BMC Ecology, PlosOne, Malaria Journal etc), member of several professional bodies including the Scientific Coordinating Committee (SCC) of AMANET, and the African Network on Vector resistance to insecticides” (ANVR), Member of the Organizing Committee of the “Workshop on Population and Molecular Biology of Disease Vectors” that takes place in Crete, Greece every other year.
Dr. Prosper Chaki, Executive Director
Dr. Chaki is a Research Scientist and the Chief Executive Director for PAMCA. He received doctoral degree (PhD) in Tropical Infectious Diseases at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He spent most of his time designing and evaluating affordable community based strategies for monitoring and evaluation of programmatic malaria vector control and surveillance in both urban and rural settings across Africa. He has a broad background when it comes to working with the local communities, districts and programs supporting evidence driven decision making, intervention stratification and deployment. In some of his past work, he investigated the influence of some specific environmental and interventional determinants to operational programs with keen interest in larval source management and in collaboration with other researchers at the Ifakara Health Institute investigated the epidemiological impact of larval control through microbial larvicide application and effective community engagement strategies for sustainable vector control interventions. He further coordinated the malaria risk mapping initiative and collaboratively helped establish the largest quality assured entomological surveillance system covering 186 villages across mainland Tanzania for evaluating the ongoing interventions and promote evidence-driven delivery of vector control programs in Tanzania. In addition Dr Chaki is interested in innovations for accelerating malaria elimination particularly novel tools for addressing the current and emerging challenges with mosquito vector control such as outdoor biting mosquito vectors that seem to be at the centre of the malaria transmission question at the moment. He is further committed to harnessing the African based entomological capacity to spearhead capacity building for implementing vector control programs through establishing strong coordination mechanism through regional partnerships and knowledge exchange programs.
Dorothy Faraay, Programme Manager
Dorothy has over 2 years of experience in project management and leadership in the Non-profit, consulting and insurance industries. Dorothy attended United States International University-Africa, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree majoring in International Relations, concentrating in Peace and Conflict resolution studies and did a minor in management. She plans on advancing her education in the Project Management field. She is drawn to helping the world become a better place and for this reason; she involves herself with a few groups that give back to the community. She is part of several projects in the different slum areas of Kenya.
Oscar Ochieng, Communications Officer
Oscar is creative and innovative with experience managing organisational communication activities. He is a tech-savvy with sound knowledge of digital media management, and has good writing, editing and graphical skills. Oscar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and Certificate in Computer Applications from NIIT University, New Delhi – India.