Achievements of SIMA
What SIMA has achieved so far:
SIMA conducted an electronic conference during 2001 to enable a wide cross-section of stakeholders to contribute to its research and development agenda. More than 200 persons from agriculture, health, malaria, and development communities contributed to this conference. This was followed by a stakeholder consultation with 40 participants from East and Southern African countries, and another of similar size for participants from West and Central Africa. These meetings resulted in the identification of key issues and opportunities for agriculture-based intervention in malaria control, the development of research priorities, and research project concept notes. Three of these projects are presently operational, supported by USAID-EHP.
SIMA has held an IDRC-supported capacity building and proposal development workshop in Kenya with 20 participants from Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe in May 2002. This consisted of lectures and a field visit on the ecosystem approach to human health, specialized training in GIS applications, and group working sessions on proposal writing. Each country team was requested to submit a pre-proposal to SIMA, and following review, four were awarded US$12,500 each, for full proposal development. A SIMA/IDRC open call for two-year duration proposals on ecosystem approaches to malaria control in eastern and southern Africa followed, and the review and selection of proposals for funding is scheduled to be completed by end April 2003.
A SIMA special seminar on "Malaria in Irrigated Agriculture" was held at the 18th International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage in Montreal, Canada, in July 2002, where 19 scientific papers were presented and discussed among approximately 50 participants (abstracts/full text available on the SIMA website). Another SIMA special seminar was held during the 3rd Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Conference on Malaria in November 2002, where 09 papers were presented and discussed among approximately 90 participants. SIMA posters were presented at the International Workshop on Integrated Water and Land Management Research and Capacity Building Priorities for Ethiopia, held at the International Livestock Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 2-4 Decvember 2002. The meeting was attended by approximately 80 professionals drawn from a wide range of institutions in Ethiopia, in addition to international participants. SIMA had a strong representation at the International Forum on Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health, which was held in Montreal, Canada from 18-23 May 2003.Approximately 500 participants (from 42 different countries) representing all sectors and disciplines concerned with human health, the environment, and social sciences attended the meeting. The SIMA Coordinator was among the ten members of the Forum's Program Advisory Committee and he also presented a paper on SIMA. On the 8th of July 2003, the SIMA Coordinator presented a paper on Malaria and Agriculture at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the Epidemiology of Malaria that was held at Queen's College, Oxford, UK on 6-11 July 2003. Approximately 150 scientists, from different countries including malaria endemic countries, attended the meeting.
Three SIMA research projects funded by USAID-EHP in West Africa are already in progress, and it is expected that another 2-3 projects will be funded through the SIMA/IDRC call for proposals and initiated in 2003. In addition, a number of "contributed" projects carried out by the core SIMA CGIAR partners have been added to the SIMA research portfolio.
A number of papers presented during SIMA seminars at international conferences are published in the journal Acta Tropica, Special Issue on Malaria and Agriculture (Volume 89, Issue 2, Pages 95-261, January 2004). To view the Acta Tropica Special Issue, go to: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0001706X
SIMA reports on specific activities, such as workshop documentations and proceedings, are available on this SIMA website.
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