Malaria control and elimination in the Asia Pacific region is at a critical juncture. While national strategies are shifting from long-term, traditional control or containment to Malaria Elimination, the entomology and vector control services are needed to shift their strategies and build capacities in order to achieve this. Key areas where vector control must be strengthened include: surveillance and risk-area stratification; effective personal protection and vector control, especially among the mobile migrant population; and building sub-national capacities to guide local decision-making in foci investigation and elimination.
To facilitate progress toward strengthening regional entomological and vector control capacity, Ministry of Health Malaysia, APMEN and ACTMalaria Foundation will jointly convene the first international training course in Malaria Vector Surveillance for national programme entomologists.
The aim of this training is to contribute to achievement of the regional targets set for malaria elimination, by making vector control more efficient, cost effective, ecologically sound and sustainable.
This training course is co-funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through APMEN, President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) / USAID through ACTMalaria / WPRO / WHO.
This course aims to develop the capacity of entomologists involved in malaria control and elimination programmes. Upon completion of this course, the participants would be able to perform tasks and train others regarding conventional and newer techniques in mosquito identification, collection and rearing and strengthen malaria entomological surveillance, monitoring and evaluation (including managing malaria foci, performing insecticide resistance tests and contact bioassays).
There are five learning modules that will equip and support entomologists with necessary knowledge and skills to support capacity building and application of entomological and vector control strategies.
These topics were identified as priority topics at the recent APMEN VCWG meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2017.
CANDIDATES SELECTION KRITERIA
Candidates should have had previous training on basic or applied entomology and currently practicing as field entomologist of malaria control and elimination programmes, involved in training, implementation, monitoring and evaluation at either national or state/ regional or provincial level. They are expected to have adequate reading, writing, and verbal skills in English and are computer literature. They should be able to communicate effectively in English and interact constructively with colleagues from different social, political, and cultural backgrounds. The candidates should be in service for at least 5 years before retirement.