Dr. Nancy Nachbar, Abt Associates malaria technical lead, and Brad Lucas, director of the Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project, at the Abt Associates booth at the 6th Pan African Multilateral Initiative on Malaria in Durban, South Africa.
Photo credit: Erin Schiavone, AIRS communications and knowledge management specialist.
Abt Associates’ symposia and presentations addressed some of the most pressing issues in malaria control at the 6th Pan-African Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, held Oct. 6-11 in Durban, South Africa.
Abt Associates carries out a range of malaria interventions, including indoor residual spraying, through the Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Program
and other projects. Abt U.S. and international staff explained at the conference how Abt is responding to insecticide resistance and increasing the efficiency and sustainability of prevention programs. Staff also shared innovations in indoor residual spraying programs, including mobile payments for workers, electronic data capture, smartphone applications to strengthen environmental compliance, a mobile insectary model for entomological testing, and a community-based indoor residual spraying pilot.
Visitors to the Abt booth and Abt poster sessions learned more about the company’s work in malaria in pregnancy, case management, and behavior change communications for malaria control.
The conference – the theme of which was “Moving towards malaria elimination: Investing in research and control” – underscored the need to amplify the impact of malaria interventions for sustained investment. The conference was an opportunity for Abt staff to exchange experiences with other leaders in the malaria field and share new approaches to controlling the disease.
“The conference was a terrific opportunity to engage with the best and brightest working to combat malaria in Africa and to understand the issues and opportunities in moving toward eliminating malaria,” said Dr. Nancy Nachbar, Abt’s Malaria Technical Lead.