During the 3rd and 4th of September, the I Scientific Meeting: "Malaria and emerging and re-emerging vector-borne diseases: a health challenge" was held in the former Antimalarial Dispensary of 'El Robledo'.
A total of 14 specialists have helped an audience composed mainly of biologists, pharmacists, microbiologists, veterinarians and students of various scientific branches, to have a more specific view of the latest advances and research on diseases such as malaria or West Nile virus, which has returned again this year to southern Andalusia, highlighting the vulnerability we face.
The meeting, endorsed by the Spanish Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health, was inaugurated by our managing director, Quintín Correas, and took place over two days. At the end of the first day, dedicated to the study and development of malaria research, a ceremony was held in recognition of the professional career of Jorge Alvar, recently appointed Academician of the Royal Academy of Medicine, and María Teresa Blanco, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Extremadura who, with her long teaching career, has highlighted the role of women in science.
The second day, focused on the presentation and analysis of other vector-borne diseases, has determined the need for early action in order to avoid epidemics that will be favoured by the increase in temperatures, as a result of the climate change that we have been experiencing for several decades.