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        • #5390
          Manuel Lluberas

            Let me know if I can be of use when looking for practical capacity-building trainer on integrated vector management and IRS.

            • #5520
              Leo Braack

                Hi Manuel, and thanks for this offer. This is useful information and we will keep it in mind when the time comes for such training. Are you willing to share your cv with me? Have a good day there. Leo Braack.

              • #5521
                Leo Braack

                  Hi Manuel, and thanks for this offer. This is useful information and we will keep it in mind when the time comes for such training. Are you willing to share your cv with me? Have a good day there. Leo Braack.

              • #5763
                Leo Braack

                  Shortage of medical entomologists

                  I happened to be in India recently for APMEN-related work, and spoke with a retired previous Director-level malaria colleague about the shortage of qualified entomologists. That conversation was triggered by the recent article by Rajagopalan  (RAJAGOPALAN, P. K. Medical Entomologists-A Disappearing Profession in Public Health System: Indian Perspective. Journal of Communicable Diseases (E-ISSN: 2581-351X & P-ISSN: 0019-5138), 2022, 54.1: 161-165.). Dr Ranjander Sharma (the retired gentleman I spoke with) fully agrees that the current state of entomological skills is dire, and despite the clear need for qualified entomologists to bolster vector-borne disease control programmes, nobody really seems to be bothered very much. This is shortsighted and indeed dangerous especially in view of the escalating trend of mosquito-borne arboviral infections globally. Dengue is the next malaria. As malaria recedes, dengue will take on a much bigger and growing role. Plus there are other arboviruses, and then the hidden and forgotten “other ones” having tick or mite vectors, such as scrub typhus. We really should put minds together and think laterally how we can incentivise entomology as a career and create adequately-paid career paths that reward not just molecular entomologists cloistered in laboratories but also field entomologists…the ones working with live mosquitoes out there where they are infecting communities. Leo Braack


                  • #5823

                      I fully agree with creating an adequately-paid career path for entomologists. Policymakers should aware of this shortage and try their best to produce more entomologists.

                  • #5771
                    Leo Braack

                      Still on the subject of shortage of entomological skills:

                      This morning I came across a hot-off-the-press publication “Tirados, Iñaki, Edward Thomsen, Eve Worrall, Lassane Koala, Tito T. Melachio, and María-Gloria Basáñez. “Vector control and entomological capacity for onchocerciasis elimination.” Trends in parasitology (2022)” 

                      This paper makes it clear that entomological skills are not just in short supply for malaria control, but also for Onchocerciasis control and indeed all other vector-borne diseases. I am not going to relate the whole article here, but here are some useful extracts that kind of sum up their sentiments about entomological shortfalls and needs: “...Entomological expertise for malaria has been on the decline since the Global Malaria Eradication Program. During this time, the establishment of a prescribed, global solution for malaria eradication, based on the use of DDT, necessitated experts to shift from being problem solvers to solution implementers. The high reliance on insecticide-treated bed nets in the past 2 decades has only exacerbated the issue...” They make a strong case for increased numbers of appropriately-skilled entomologists, saying among other things “...the new WHO roadmap on NTDs for 2021–2030 have rekindled the fillip for a much-needed renaissance of African scientists, medical entomologists, and highly trained technicians specialising in entomological research and the transmission and control of VBDs“, (hmmm, personally I do not see much in the way of increased entomological output despite whatever “rekindled fillip” there may have been…we need to do better). And then to add another useful bit they wrote “...This cadre of vector biologists, ecologists, taxonomists, and (field and laboratory) technicians needs to be well networked to enable real change in the capacity of systems to rise to the challengesThey need to grow quickly as leaders with effective management skills to enable an exponential growth in vector expertise, which will permeate the research, government, and private sectors. This will catalyse the establishment of a sustainable cohort of public health entomologists and community health workers who can effectively deliver vector control interventions. Finally, they need to be embedded in high-quality, adequately funded service laboratories, research facilities, and education establishments that have the capacity to offer attractive career pathways”.



                    • #22470
                      Leo Braack

                        Just more and more confirmation of shortage of entomological capacity coming in from all over. Here is a short piece written by WHO on ”

                        “Empowering health entomologists towards a malaria-free future in Indonesia”

                        and published at Empowering health entomologists towards a malaria-free future in Indonesia (malariaworld.org)

                        The article states that “As Indonesia struggles with the persistent threat of vector-borne diseases, a significant challenge has emerged: the limited understanding of malaria vector mosquitoes’ behaviours, particularly in regions with high prevalence of malaria such as Papua. This knowledge gap has led to less effective mosquito control interventions in these areas, urging the need for further research and insights…..To that end, the National Vector Control and Surveillance Unit (NVC&S) of the Ministry of Health (MoH) is working together with WHO to roll out a targeted capacity building programme, focused on improving the skills and knowledge of health workers in high risk regions such as Papua, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), East Kalimantan and North Maluku. The goal is to arm health entomologists – experts specializing in disease-carrying vectors – with the knowledge and skills to understand their enemies to curb the spread of these diseases”. Countries recognize the problem, and doing what they can, but funding is limited. Well done Indonesia. APMEN VCWG held its 4th Malaria Vector Surveillance for Elimination two-week course in central Java in July 2023, and in 2024 we will be holding it in Papua New Guinea. Every bit helps.



                      • #23861
                        Leo Braack
                          Free 13-Module online course on Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management Virtual Training
                          We have been informed by the American Mosquito Control Association that they have recently completed a high-quality virtual training course that they are making available free of charge. Please have a look at the explanatory material below: once you have “purchased” the course (it is free-of-charge but you still have to “purchase” the course) you have 24 weeks to complete the course in which case you qualify for a Certificate. Please read this blurb below:

                          We are thrilled to announce the launch of the American Mosquito Control Association’s (AMCA) groundbreaking virtual training program, titled “AMCA’s Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management Virtual Training Program.” This comprehensive program is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in the field of mosquito control and is available free to the public.


                          “I was so excited to see such a wide variety of expertise in the panel of speakers. Presenters were engaging, and there was enough content to interest individuals in all aspects of mosquito control. I would highly recommend watching the virtual training modules,” said Dr. Kristen Healy, president of AMCA.


                          Program Overview

                          Mosquito control professionals play a vital role in safeguarding public health by mitigating the risks posed by mosquitoes. To achieve this mission effectively, it is crucial to adopt a science-based approach known as Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM). IMM involves collecting and analyzing data to determine when, where, and how to take action.

                          This holistic approach consists of five key components:

                          ·       Community engagement

                          ·       Data collection and utilization

                          ·       Reducing potential larval habitat

                          ·       Utilizing all available and reasonable control methods

                          ·       Regularly evaluating program efficacy


                          Program Highlights

                          The program is generously funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and features 13 informative modules.


                          These modules are expertly created and instructed by 24 professionals from across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Australia.


                          Each module includes a reading from the AMCA’s Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management manual, a focused video (ranging from 13 to 33 minutes), and a 10-question quiz covering the reading and lecture.


                          Upon completion of the program, participants can opt to take a 100-question comprehensive exam and earn a certificate recognizing their achievement.


                          Additionally, for those needing quick review on specific module topics, each module will be available individually.


                          Flexible Learning Experience

                          Each module is designed to take up to two hours to complete, allowing you to progress at your own pace.


                          We provide two suggested study schedules: one for career development and one for onboarding newcomers to mosquito control.


                          You have the freedom to start and finish each module according to your schedule.


                          To earn a certificate, you must complete the entire program within 24 weeks from your start date. Failure to do so will require a restart, but you can revisit individual modules on-demand without constraints.


                          Learning Objectives

                          Upon completing all readings, lectures, and evaluations, you will gain a deep understanding of:

                          ·       Fundamental aspects of mosquito biology and ecology for locating and controlling immature and adult mosquitoes.

                          ·       The pivotal role mosquitoes play in disease transmission and the importance of an integrated approach to protect people from these pests.

                          ·       The five core principles of integrated mosquito management.

                          ·       The practical application of integrated mosquito management components.

                          ·       Accessing additional information crucial for science-based mosquito control.


                          A New Training Program for Public Health Professionals

                          AMCA Member Training & Education Committee Chair, Dr. Isik Unlu stated, “Another great training opportunity from AMCA. I was amazed to see the depth of information provided and how clearly it was communicated. These educational videos made me ask myself: How often do we need professional training?”


                          We believe that this training program will empower you with the knowledge and expertise necessary to excel in your mosquito control efforts, whether you are looking to advance your career or are new to the field.


                          Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your mosquito control skills and contribute to the protection of public health. To enroll in the program or learn more, please visit our new training program here.

                          Please copy and paste this URL below into Google to get to the Course:


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