On Thursday December 19, 2019, the United States Ambassador to Mali, Dennis Hankins participated in the 2nd edition of the open day in medical entomology, at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB) at Point-G. The objective of this open day on medical entomology was to popularize the work carried out in the field by USTTB research teams in collaboration with its partners, notably the United States of America.
The United States and Mali have worked together since the 1980s and co-founded the Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC) in 1989, which was then included in the International Centers for Excellence in Research (ICER) in 2001. Due to the unique and revolutionary partnership between the United States and Mali, infection rates have been reduced locally in many parts of Mali by up to 60%.
The United States, through the National Institute of Health of the Government of the United States of America (NIH), has 23 laboratories on the USTTB campus and works in close collaboration with the deans of the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy as well as with the rector (president) of the USTTB. NIH’s annual budget for Mali ranges from 7 to 12 million dollars $ a year.
In his speech, Ambassador Hankins congratulated Malian researchers while affirming that many achievements have been made during the 30 years of cooperation and also congratulated Mali which, he says, occupies 2nd place in terms of research in the field of malaria control in Africa after South Africa.
Immediately after his participation in the open day, the ambassador visited the Doneguebougou site, which is one of the eight permanent and semi-permanent clinical trial sites around Bamako, to gain an overview of the research that are carried out there.