Arba Minch University: Medical Entomology and Vector Control in Ethiopia

MSc in Medical Entomology and Vector Control in Ethiopial

Contact person: Fekadu Massebo

Rationale of the Program

The expertise of entomologists is critical for planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating disease vector programs and evidence based health policy and decision making. In Ethiopia, vector borne diseases represent major public health and veterinary problems, and are among the leading cause of sickness and deaths. The Ministry of Health, Regional and local vectors control units require personnel with knowledge and expertise to deal with the different vector borne diseases, operational decision-making, and monitoring, evaluation and surveillance of vector control programmes.

Arba Minch University is situated in an area with a heavy burden of vector borne diseases, and is well suited to serve as a regional centre for training on prevention and control malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

Therefore, in 2014, Arba Minch University established the first Masters programme in Medical Entomology and Vector Control in Ethiopia.

General Objective

The aim of the program is to improve the public and animal health through providing training on the biology vectors and control methods of diseases vector.

Specific Objectives

  • To produce graduates who can demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the biology of vectors and vector borne diseases relevant to the country together with methods for their control
  • To produce graduates who can design, carry out and evaluate vector control interventions using the specialized knowledge and skills

Quality assurance mechanisms

We implement following quality assurance mechanisms to increase the competence of the programme.

  • Workshop with stakeholders to evaluate the progress of the program/assessing the gaps
  • Inviting external reviewers during thesis defense to ensure the standard with the other institutes
  • Training the supervisors to increase the competence of the supervisors /supervisory skill
  • Facilitating scientific presentation on national conferences to ensure the quality of the study/ disseminating the output
  • Sample thesis evaluation by external reviewers to ensuring the quality of the program/increasing the competence of the program
  • Evaluation workshop with stakeholders to assess the impact of the graduates on the health system
  • Introducing plagiarism checkers to ensure the competence of the graduates
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals to ensure the quality of the research work/communicate with scientific community

Admission Requirements

The minimum entrance qualification for registration is at least a bachelor degree of Ethiopian universities, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in biology, public health, laboratory technologists, veterinary medicine, and animal sciences. The entrance examination will be program specific; it focuses on public health and veterinary entomology and disease vectors control.

Collaborating institutes

Hawassa, Jimma and Addis Ababa (Institute of Pathbiology) Universities from Ethiopia and University of Bergen (Centre for International Health) from the Norway are our collaborating institutes in teaching and supervision. Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureau and local health offices, and universities and institutes working on vectors control are the main stakeholders.

Fund source for research

All students in this programme will be funded by Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) project “South Ethiopia Network of Universities in Public Health (SENUPH): improving women’s participation in post-graduate education”. The aim of the project is developing a network of the main universities in south Ethiopia to address several important areas such as staff development, and enhance the human capacity in higher education in public health, reproductive health, and nutrition and vector borne diseases control.

Special attention for female applicants

Special efforts will be done to recruit female students, and facilitate their studies to reduce attrition. This will be done by setting up special support for field studies, and through special scholarship schemes for female students needing such support. Moreover, 30% of quota will be reserved for female applicants, and both male and female applicants will compete for the remaining seventy percent. Small amount pocket money is available for female students in this programme.

Resources available

We have the basic infrastructures in the entomology laboratory: dissecting microscopes, ELISA, deep freezes, CDC light traps and others, and we have established financial systems needed to handle the educational and research components of this project include the PCR machine and primers.




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