The first national days for the fight against Trypanosomes and their vectors took place on 5 and 6 May 2009 in Ngaoundéré in Cameroon.
The Special Mission for the Eradication of Tsetse (MSEG) was created and installed in 1974 in Ngaoundéré, Adamaoua region, Cameroon. In 2009, Dr Banipé was appointed head of the MSEG. Aware of the high economic and human burden of trypanosomoses in Cameroon, its first significant action was to organize in Ngaoundéré the “first national days for the fight against Trypanosomoses and their vectors” on May 5 and 6, 2009.
This was a first, because these days brought together all the actors in the fight against human and animal trypanosomoses in Cameroon to tackle this formidable scourge head-on and share the experiences acquired by each other. The Ministries of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA), Public Health (MSP), Higher Education (MINESUP), Scientific Research and Innovation (MINRESI ), Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF), the National Program for the Control of Human African Trypanosomiasis in Cameroon (PNLTHA), LANAVET, IRAD, the Pasteur Center in Cameroon, Garoua Annex (CPC-AG), the School of Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Ngaoundéré, pharmaceutical companies, etc.
OCEAC (Coordinating organization for the fight against endemic diseases in Central Africa), through its sub-regional program for the fight against human African trypanosomiasis (PSR-HAT), naturally associated itself with this important event and presented papers on important issues such as the situation of human African trypanosomiasis in Central Africa, the development of new control strategies adapted to the context of this region of shrubby savannah and the necessary development of vector control.
28 final recommendations were issued at the end of these days by the participants. In particular, “organize national days for the fight against trypanosomoses and their vectors every two years”. OCEAC has fully subscribed to this and hopes that this experience will be repeated in neighboring countries.