The Strengthening Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (SMMES) project Funded through USAID/PMI provides support in conducting and dissemination of malaria related researches. One of the activities of the project is organizing malaria research symposia in collaboration with local Universities. Addis continental institute of public health (ACIPH/SMMES project) in collaboration with Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and Arba Minch University organized the sixth malaria research symposium on August 25 &26, 2015 at Arba Minch University main campus.
The symposium was officially opened by the Arbaminch University President delegate following the welcome speech by Mr. Behailu Merdekios, dean of the health Science College and key note addresses by Dr. Gunawardena Dissanayake, USAID/PMI team leader and Dr. Adugna Woyessa, Director of Bacterial, parasitic and Zoonotic Diseases Research Directorate at EPHI. The symposium was attended by more than 100 participants from public universities, governmental, non-governmental organizations and post graduate students of Arba Minch University. The participation of the attendees were superb and we believe all the attendees especially the students benefited from it. Research outputs including reviews and independent studies were presented by both senior and young researchers. There were 18 oral and 7 poster presentations; the oral presentations were categorized into the thematic areas as: Current malaria affair, Malaria Epidemiology, Malaria Treatment, Malaria diagnosis and Malaria prevention.
The posters were on anti-malaria drug efficacy and pre-elimination preparations and were visited on break times by participants. Oral presentation sessions were moderated by senior researchers from public universities across the country. The sessions generated a lively discussions focusing on the relevance of the research output, the validity of the method used to generate the evidence etc. The contribution of the senior researchers in educating the young researchers on ways how a given research output could be modified and better presented was great. At the end of the symposium, discussion was held on the future direction of the malaria research network and participants brainstormed on the TOR of the network and suggested to review the TOR and the by-law by the secretary and chair of the network, ACIPH and EPHI respectively and communicate the network members through e-mail. It was suggested to have one meeting among the network members in three month time to thoroughly discuss on the TOR and by-law of the network. The next symposium is decided to be held in Jimma University.