Last Updated

08 Oct 2021

Volunteer as a MESA Correspondent to report from the 2021 ASTMH Annual Meeting

Are you interested in malaria research? Would you like to improve your writing skills? Would you like to attend the ASTMH Conference for free? Here is your opportunity: volunteer as MESA Correspondent to report from the 2021 ASTMH Annual Meeting!

What do you have to do?

We are seeking volunteers as MESA Correspondents to report from the 2021 ASTMH Annual Meeting. The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and surge of its variants has created a situation beyond the Society's control that has made it impractical and impossible for ASTMH to hold the meeting in person. Therefore it will be held virtually In November, from the 17th to the 21st.

With the help of some guidelines shared in advance, the MESA Correspondents summarize the contents of selected malaria talks in a short report. The reports are reviewed by recognized senior malaria editors and afterwards, they are published and disseminated through the MESA channels. 

Previous examples include:

What will you get?

  • Free registration to the virtual 2021 ASTMH Annual Meeting, which will take place on November 17 - 21.
  • Certificate of participation in the MESA Correspondents program, highlighting the supervision at the hands of a senior malaria editor.
  • Priority when offering new opportunities to collaborate with MESA.
  • Visibility. The reports are disseminated through multiple channels: MESA website, social media, MESA newsletter and Malaria World newsletter, among others.
  • Enhancement of your writing skills and improvement of your CV.

How to apply?

The application to become a MESA Correspondent for the PAMCA Conference consists of:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation statement (100-word limit) indicating which areas of malaria you have knowledge of.
  • Synopsis of one of these videos (200-word limit)
    • Investigating the magnitude and drivers of residual malaria transmission in Zanzibar, speaker: Khamis Haji, Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program, Tanzania link
    • Protective efficacy of a spatial repellent against malaria infections in children: recent evidence from a clinical trial in Indonesia, speaker: Din Syafruddin, Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, Indonesia, link
    • Tracking the local and regional spread of Plasmodium falciparum in low transmission settings of Africa, link
    • Reactive case detection with targeted mass drug administration: Interrupting malaria transmission and achieving elimination beyond intervention areas in northwestern Peru, link

The opportunity to be a correspondent is open to everyone, and researchers or students from malaria-endemic areas are highly encouraged to apply. Please send applications to no later than October 15, 2021. MESA Correspondents will be chosen by the MESA team based on the quality of the applications. 

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