Malaria Consortium gave a number of presentations at the Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting (JITMM 2014) and the 8th seminar on Food- and Water-borne Parasitic Zoonoses (FBPZ8) in Bangkok from December 2-4.
This year’s theme was ‘3D Perspectives on Tropical Medicine: Drivers, Diversity and Determination’. The conferences covered a range of tropical illnesses, including malaria, dengue, neglected tropical diseases, as well as other infectious diseases. Each discussion focused on the need to address current challenges within the public health sector across the region including: identifying the factors driving a specific issue; considering a diverse range of strategies; and working to implement change.
Please see below for an overview of the events and the schedule of presentations.
The scientific programme was held on 2-4 December 2014. Panel discussions and working sessions covered a wide range of topics, including malaria elimination strategies and regional diagnosis surveillance. Malaria Consortium’s Alexa Wharton Smith, Senior Research Officer in Cambodia, gave a presentation on finding new tools for frontline health workers in resource poor settings.
Oral presentations for posters were held on 2-3 December 2014, with presenters discussing findings and results with attendees. These were followed by Turbo Talks on 4 December 2014, which enabled the rapid sharing of research.
Dr Ruth Ashton, Country Technical Coordinator in Cambodia, discussed focal screening and treatment at households around passively-detected malaria cases in Cambodia and explored whether this is an effective tool to target asymptomatic infections. Dr Sophal Uth, Field Officer, focused on malaria prevention knowledge and behaviours in migrant and mobile populations in Cambodia through the use of respondent driven sampling methods. Ms Htwe Htwe Htet, Technical Assistant for IMMERSE, examined the barriers and consumer preferences to the use of long lasting insecticidal nets in Myanmar. Lastly, Ms Jintana Chaiwan, Monitoring and Evaluation/Technical Officer, spoke on treatment-seeking and other behaviours in migrant populations in Thailand. Download the poster here.