Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC), University of Bamako, Mali

The Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC) of the Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Odontostomatology (FMPOS) of the University of Bamako is one of the largest research centers in Africa with excellence in the epidemiology and biology of vectors and parasites of malaria and other vector-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis, filariasis, arboviruses and tick-borne diseases.

The MRTC was established in 1992 as a partnership between FMPOS, the National Health Institutes of the United States (NIAID / NIH), with the support of other partners such as the University of Rome (La Sapienza) the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Health Organization (WHO). The center has expanded by developing collaborations with several universities and research institutions around the world.

From its creation in 1992 until 2001, the MRTC was led by Professor Yéya Tiémoko Touré who is currently working at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

From 2002 to the present day, the MRTC is co-directed by Professors Ogobara Doumbo and Sékou Fantamady Traore. The center consists of two main entities:

The Department of Medical Entomology and Vector-borne Diseases (DMEVE / MRTC), led by Professor Sékou Fantamady Traoré;

The Department of parasitology and testing of malaria vaccines (DEAP / MRTC) led by Professor Ogobara Doumbo.

The MRTC is working with its partners to develop appropriate methods and strategies for the control of malaria and other vector-borne diseases mentioned above. The MRTC applies state-of-the-art methods and techniques to study these conditions.