By Chelsea Montes De Oca
Advocacy and Communications Officer, MACEPA, and Global Health Corps Fellow
PATH, along with approximately 4,600 attendees from across the globe, convened in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 29 to November 1 at the 67th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). ASTMH is the largest international scientific conference devoted to tropical medicine. This was a great opportunity for PATH to learn from some of the top infectious disease experts and share our own research. MACEPA was well represented at the conference with a total of six presentations and posters on topics ranging from mass drug administration to community health workers in Zambia. For a full list of PATH presentations, click here.
Integrated community case management trainings in Zambia
The Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), with oversight from the National Malaria Elimination Centre (NMEC), is organizing a series of integrated community case management (iCCM) trainings in Zambia. The North Western Province training of trainers (ToT) took place last week in Solwezi with a total of 30 participants in attendance. These sessions will help support Zambia’s goal to increase the number of iCCM trainers and create buy-in for the program across the country.
Visualize No Malaria
PATH made an appearance at the most recent Tableau conference. The Visualize No Malaria initiative was featured in the opening speech of the conference by Tableau President & CEO Adam Selipsky. In the speech, Selipsky noted the success obtained in Zambia and Senegal since the initiative was launched. The speech also featured the story of a Tableau employee, Joseph Mutale, who grew up in Zambia and whose life has been touched by malaria in multiple ways. Watch an excerpt of the speech here:
How a dog could stop the global spread of malaria
Dogs’ noses could become a powerful weapon against malaria. Scientists have known for a while that a dog’s heightened sense of smell can detect things like bombs, drugs, and even certain types of cancers. They recently discovered that dogs have the ability to detect malaria as well. Learn more about how it works here.
Afghanistan is the world’s polio capital. These Afghans hope to fix that.
Afghanistan is one of three countries where polio is still endemic. Factors like security fears, drought, deep poverty, stifling tradition, widespread illiteracy, and superstition make vaccinating those at risk a challenging task. Despite these challenges, committed Afghans are working hard to end polio in Afghanistan. Read more about the health workers on the front-line of this fight.