The malaria research network of Ethiopia (MRNE) established in May, 2010 is currently housed at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) is currently chaired by EPHI and Addis Continental Institute of Public Health (ACIPH) is serving as secretary. The ninth symposium of this network was conducted on 28th and 29th of November 2017, in University of Gondar “Science Amba” auditorium under the theme “Path ahead; Ending malaria for Good!” which also is theme of the World Malaria Day that reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the “Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030”.
The symposium was organized by ACIPH’ Strengthening Malaria monitoring and Evaluation Systems (SMMES) project funded by USAID/PMI in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH)/EPHI and University of Gondar.
The symposium participants were welcomed by Dr. Sisay Yiferu, Dean of Health Science College, which is followed by key note address by collaborating institutes; Ms. Hiwot Teka from USAID/PMI, Dr. Adugna Woyessa from EPHI, Prof. Yemane Berhane from ACIPH and Mr. Dereje Dillu from FMoH/NMPCEP. The symposium was officially opened by Dr. Asrat Atsedewoin, Academic Vise President of UoG. A total of about 170 participants from FMOH, Regional health Bureaus, Universities, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and post graduate students and faculty of UoG attended the symposium. Senior members of the symposium has presented policy-briefs and innovative research plan for the scientific community. Out of 45 research papers submitted, twenty-one were selected for presentation (17 oral presentations (17) and 04 poster presentation). The papers selected were classified in different malaria thematic areas like: Epidemiology, entomology, prevention and control interventions and treatment/clinical pharmacology. Presentations were followed by discussions on the research findings by the participants and valuable comments were given to the researchers from the audience. The final session of the symposium, focused on the network’s future direction and a number of opinions were forward to make the network strong and also sustainable. The symposium was then officially closed by Mr. Dereje Dilu from FMoH/NMPCEP.
Most participants said the symposium was colorful and is a great success in bringing researchers together to share their research output and network with peoples working on malaria programs, and organizations that implement malaria prevention and control activities.