SIMA Progress Review and Synthesis Workshop
The SIMA Progress Review and Synthesis Workshop was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 20-24 November 2005. It was a highly successful meeting attended by participants from seven African countries where there are current SIMA projects on malaria and agriculture.
· To review the progress and achievements of eight SIMA projects undertaken between 2002 and 2005 on the linkages between malaria and agriculture in Africa.
· To synthesize the lessons learned from the different projects and to assess the value added by the use of a transdisciplinary and participatory (ecosystem) approach to malaria.
· To identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for intervention and further collaborative research involving an ecosystem approach to malaria.
· To provide workshop participants an opportunity to network with peers from eastern and southern Africa, and also with donors who have an interest in malaria control through improved environmental and agroecosystem management.
Outcomes and future products
· Increased understanding of the linkages between malaria and agriculture in different social-ecological settings in eastern, southern, and western Africa.
· A common understanding of the concepts and methodology underlining ecosystem approaches to human health and their advantages and limitations compared to other approaches in dealing with malaria.
· Documentation of workshop process and abstracts.
· A peer-reviewed special journal issue of the results of SIMA projects presented at the workshop (post-workshop)
· A book on malaria and agriculture in Africa (post-workshop)
· Draft policy recommendations for the application of ecosystem approaches to malaria research and interventions in Africa.
Capacity Building Program in Resource Mobilization (RM) For African Researchers Based in African Institutions from the SIMA Network
The latest SIMA Management Team meeting was held at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda on 14th February 2005. The meeting was followed by an inception workshop for an IDRC-funded SIMA project on fish-farming and malaria in Uganda (led by Makerere University), which ran from the 15th to 17th February 2005. The specific objectives of the workshop were:
· to identify the strengths, gaps and constraints in the funded Uganda proposal in order to determine if any remedial actions need to be taken prior to the full-scale implementation of various project activities;
· to assist the research team develop an effective work plan; and
· to further strengthen the eastern and southern African region’s capacity for research in ecosystem approaches to malaria.
Urban Malaria workshop
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