31st Reunion Meeting; Publication No. 126; Bamako - Mali; International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC) 12-16 September 2011
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The 31st International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control General Conference was held at the Centre International De Conference De Bamako (CICB), Bamako, Mali as from 12th-16th September 2011. The theme of the Conference was ‘Refocusing Research and Control of Tsetse and Trypanosomiais: A Development Agenda’. The Conference was officially opened by the Prime Minister and Head of Government, Her Excellency Mme Cisse Mariam Kaidama Sidibe. The opening Ceremony was also graced by the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon Dr. Bokary Treta, Representative of the World Health Organisation in Mali, Madame Diallo Faoumata Binta Tidiane, Director of AU-PANVAC, Dr. Karim Tounkara, representing the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission, Madame Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy among other dignitaries. In her speech, the Prime Minister urged scientists to bring research to the doorstep of the rural poor who bear the scourge of tsetse and trypanosomiasis. The Director of AU IBAR, Dr Ahmed El-Sawalhy, complemented the call of the Prime Minister, by reiterating the commitment of AU-IBAR to removing the tsetse and trypanosomiasis burden from the African Continent.
DescriptionThe Conference observed that significant progress had been made in the area of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis field interventions and that there was a general trend and desire by countries to operate within the framework of the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC). A major issue of concern was how to use research methods and tools for the collection of good quality baseline data for the planning of control/eradication programmes. The conference also noted that even though progress has been made in the implementation of the PATTEC projects there was not sufficient quantification of the benefits derived in transforming livelihoods.