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December 6, 2019

MCDI at ASTMH 2019

Photo of the MCDI booth

By Matthew S. Lynch

MCDI had the pleasure of attending another Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene this year at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center nestled in National Harbor, MD.

This five-day educational conference draws approximately 5,000 global health professionals representing academia, government, non-profits, philanthropy, NGOs, industry, military, and private practice public health officials from around the world. 

Our booth was very close to the entrance of the conference and so we were very busy networking with researchers, professors, government representatives, and public health officials. We shared with visitors all of our efforts from ZICORE in the Americas to our CCST work in Equatorial Guinea. Fresh off of receiving the P3 Impact Award, we were especially excited to enlighten visitors about our Bioko Island Malaria Elimination project.

We were well represented in the poster sessions as well, with compelling presentations from our own Godwin Fuseini, Pharath Lim, Carlos Guerra, and Julie Niemczura. MCD’s CEO Chris Schwabe and MCDI's Director Joséa Ratsirarson also visited the various demonstrations to lend their support.

Godwin presented his findings on increased biting rate of insecticide-resistant culex mosquitoes and community adherence to IRS for malaria control in urban Malabo, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. “This has been my fourth participation at an ASTMH Annual Meeting,” Godwin said. “This year’s poster presentation was especially exciting as I was visited by the Vice Minister of Health of Equatorial Guinea and MCD’s CEO Chris Schwabe.”

Pharath Lim, Senior Technical Advisor at MCDI, presented her findings on strengthening malaria microscopy at national and provincial levels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through refresher trainings. “I was glad to present at the ASTMH Annual Meeting,” Pharath said, “to illustrate the need for malaria microscopy expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa.” On her research, she recalled seeing “the need for improved competency in malaria microscopy for parasite detection and parasite counting as well as with care at the hospital level, especially for follow-up patients with severe malaria.”

Carlos presented his findings on using malaria indicator survey data to characterize human movement. The work behind the poster, Carlos recounted, “was inspired by previous analyses in which we looked at human mobility patterns on Bioko Island and how these relate to observed prevalence on the island.” On his research, he emphasized, “malaria indicator surveys are very useful sources of data on human travel and this has wider application beyond Bioko.” Carlos’ work will be published in an upcoming issue of the Malaria Journal.

Julie, Senior Program Manager at MCDI, presented her team’s work on Aedes aegypti risk mapping and using ovitrap data to target mosquito breeding hot spots in Guatemala. On her work, MCD CEO Chris Schwabe praised it as, “yet another great reflection of the high quality of work we do at MCD both overseas and here in the US and Maine.” The presentation, he continued, “features our strength in using information technologies to capture and analyze data in real time for effective program planning and operational decision-making.”

Next year, the ASTMH Annual Meeting will take place in Toronto, Canada. MCDI is looking forward to seeing its presenters’ demonstrations as well as reconnecting with health professionals around the world again to share stories, best practices, and the passion for global health.

Matthew S. Lynch is the Assistant Communications Officer for MCDI in the US.

Photo of Godwin, the Vice Minister (center), and Chris Schwabe

Photo of Pharath Lim and Joséa

Photo of Carolos Guerra

Photo of Julie Niemczura

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