In the last week of June 2016, fifteen scientists converged on Stellenbosch for a week-long intensive workshop, hosted by SACEMA, aimed at sharing their knowledge of the problems and prospects associated with modelling the population dynamics of tsetse flies (Glossina spp) and the trypanosomes that they transmit in Africa to game animals, domestic livestock and humans.
All models are imperfect, but unless the model both accounts for the known biology of the disease and is challenged with data this might not be detected.
In this last issue of the SACEMA Quarterly in 2010 we present three main articles on a variety of issues: An update on the evidence for the efficacy of microbicides, including the cost-effectiveness of this intervention; The emerging issue of abuse and neglect experienced by AIDS orphans (and other vulnerable children) and their perceived social support; The enormous rise in the prevalence of drug abuse and the increase in the need for treatment. We also have short items providing information on the early work on tsetse by Glyn Vale; An update on the ‘treatment as prevention’ issue; And an item on the issue of the importance of concurrency in the high incidence rate of HIV in Africa. We hope you will all enjoy reading this issue. Next year we will continue publishing the SACEMA Quarterly magazine after giving it a slight makeover.
In this third issue of the SACEMA Quarterly, the focus is not on HIV/AIDS, but on other infectious diseases. The first article reports on the prevention of sleeping sickness, by catching away the tsetse flies causing the disease, using baits. The second one presents the Global Fund’s approach to combating Malaria: The Affordable Medicines Facility-Malaria (AMFm), which mainly comes down to reducing the prices of malaria treatment by means of subsidy. And the last article discusses the status of tuberculosis in South Africa.