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Engaging Women in Vector Control

Despite modern medicine’s best efforts, the global malaria epidemic continues to plague millions worldwide. Researchers, doctors and public health experts seem to have tried everything in vector-control and vaccination against this persistent pathogen, but have they??? 

The Role Women Could Play in Vector Control

Global vector control experts Mary Hayden, of the University of Colorado, and Kacey Ernst, of the University of Arizona, offer fresh perspectives and novel tactics against malaria, and other vector-borne diseases, which leverage women’s leadership roles in their communities to overcome barriers to successful vector control. Their work in Kenya and Indonesia, through the Accelerate to Equal Initiative, examines how women’s involvement in public health efforts against malaria could improve our success against this global health crisis.

Hayden and Ernst share their insights in the upcoming Virtual Keystone Symposia (VKS) free live event on October 1, with colleagues:

Join us for this important discussion at the intersection of global health, gender-equality and infectious disease research, brought to you by Keystone Symposia and the Gates Foundation, and ask our expert panelists your questions in a live Q/A.

Topics of discussion will cover barriers to women's engagement in vector control and strategies to overcome them, as well as far reaching benefits of empowering women as agents and leaders in public health efforts within their communities.


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Registration includes free on-demand access to the event recording

Register now for this free online event and submit your questions for the live Q/A:



Kacey Ernst quote: "Cultural norms are in place that need to be changed to accept women in vector control roles.  One way to do this is to sensitize the community so thatwomen are seen as not only capable, but also important partners in this."


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Shannon Weiman
Shannon Weiman earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in microbiology and immunology. Prior to joining the Keystone Symposia team, she worked as a freelance writer for leaders in academic, industry and government research, including Stanford University’s Biomedical Innovation Initiative, the University of Colorado’s Biofrontiers Program, UCSF, the FDA and the American Society for Microbiology.