66th Annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)
October 5-9th 2017
Over 200 people attended the symposium organized by ACCESS-SMC: “Tracking the impact of SMC: An Assessment of the impact and cost effectiveness of SMC in West and Central Africa,” on November 7th. Chaired by James Tibenderana, Malaria Consortium, and Paul J Milligan, London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (LSTMH), the symposium presented results of the evaluation of ACCESS-SMC, discussing the impact of seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) programs in reducing the malaria burden, the cost-effectiveness of SMC and model predictions of how the impact could be further increased by adapting the strategy to local epidemiological contexts. Beyond ACCESS-SMC, a presentation from the Cameroon National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) showed how SMC was administered for the first time in 2016 in the northern part of the country, demonstrating that national programmes can lead and effectively deliver SMC at scale.
The ASTMH, founded in 1903, is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health. It aims to accomplish this through generating and sharing scientific evidence, informing health policies and practices, fostering career development, recognizing excellence, and advocating for investment in tropical medicine and global health research. The meeting is designed for researchers, professors, government and public health officials, military personnel, travel clinic physicians, practicing physicians in tropical medicine, students and all health care providers working in the fields of tropical medicine, hygiene and global health.
This event hosted people from various sectors, most notably tropical medicine and global health professionals representing academia, government, non-profits, philanthropy, NGOs, industry, military and private practice.
To view results from ACCESS-SMC’s presentations, click here.
To view Cameroon’s presentation from the symposium, click here.