The third annual meeting of DMC-MALVEC took place in Lusaka, Zambia (January 21- 24, 2019) and was coupled with a local stakeholders meting and two workshops. During the annual DMC-MALVEC meeting partners from 9 different countries in Europe (Germany, UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Greece) and Africa (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia) had the opportunity to meet and review the project’s activities and technical progress.
The second day of the meeting included key-lectures from DMC-MALVEC participants (John Vontas, FORTH, coordinator, on the value of molecular diagnostics for vector control; Mike Coleman, LSTM, WP4 leader, on the Integration of data in disease control). Zambian stakeholders from the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP), the Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC), the Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA), and the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) presented their work and discussed possible strategies of incorporating DMC-MALVEC’s tools to their programs.
To promote this direction, workshops with hands-on experience for the GAME and the MALVEC LabDisk assays took place during the second and third days of the meeting, respectively.