MULTIPLY’s symposium on IPTi at the Tenth EDCTP Forum


MULTIPLY (MULTIple doses of IPTi Proposal: a Lifesaving high Yield intervention) will hold a symposium on Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) at the Tenth European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Forum. The Forum will be held as a virtual meeting hosted from the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo from 17 – 21 October 2021.  The symposium will be held at 1pm Mozambique local time (CAT / CEST) on Wednesday October 20th

The symposium “Advances in Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) for improved and equitable health for children under 2 in sub-Saharan Africa” symposium will be held at 1pm Mozambique local time (CAT / CEST) on Wednesday October 20th and chaired by Dr. Clara Menéndez (ISGlobal, Project Coordinator of MULTIPLY). The symposium will consist of 3 presentations followed by a Q&A session. 

Dr. Augustin Fombah (ISGlobal and Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone) will present on “Lessons learned after 4 years of IPTi implementation in Sierra Leone”. Dr. Francisco Saúte (Manhiça Health Research Centre, Mozambique) will discuss “Challenges in the implementation of IPTi in a country with different malaria transmission patterns”. Lastly, Dr. Clara Menéndez will give an “Overview of the MULTIPLY project in Mozambique, Togo, and Sierra Leone”. 

Large scale IPTi implementation projects in Africa funded by different funders are also beginning in 2021, representatives of these projects, as well as MOH Expanded Programme on Immunization and National Malaria Control Programme managers from Mozambique, Togo, and Sierra Leone will take part in the Q&A session.

The Forum theme – Equity in research for health – is at the core of the EDCTP mission. The Forum objectives reflect the need for global research cooperation in preparedness and response to disease outbreaks, in public health emergencies, and in strengthening health systems. Awareness of this need has never been greater than it is now.

The hybrid format of the Forum (virtual and live from Maputo) presents a platform to take stock of the activities and achievements of currently operational Europe-Africa research and capacity building partnerships, including their contribution to strengthening the clinical research environment in African countries and progress towards sustainable development goals.

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