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The Ethiopian Public Health Institute’s (EPHI) Bacteriology, Parasitic and Zoonosis Research Directorate (BPZRD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partner organizations is delivering a training on Malaria Sentinel Site Surveillance to health professionals from regions in Siyonat Hotel, Addis Ababa. The training will be held from December 13 to 15, 2017.
Dr. Adugna Weyessa from BPZRD explained that the primary objective of the training is to create better understanding on elements of malaria surveillance and enhance collaboration with academia and research institutes in evidence generation and use for informed decision within local contexts.
“And to share preliminary findings of sentinel site characterization, reorient on techniques and complexity of measuring malaria control and elimination as malaria declines, give update on research in progress and new climate tools for surveillance malaria professionals are the secondary objectives of the training. And additionally climate information will also be part of the surveillance to see how climate variability will influence malaria transmission within elimination context, and we have 25 sentinel sites representing the malarious areas in the country” added Dr. Adugna.
Trainees from regions and districts as well as health centers are participating on this national training that will enable the Ethiopian Malaria Control Program to track how drugs and insecticides perform against malaria parasites and vectors.
At the end of the training the participants are expected to be able to understand the importance of malaria surveillance in elimination and components as well as application, identify techniques for evidence generation and use for action in their local contexts, enhance research collaboration and strengthen sentinel sites, and enrich historical epidemiological data for their sites and use for evaluation of interventions.