It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Inaugural LA SOVE meeting, the Latin American Society for Vector Ecology, which will be held in Manaus, Brazil. This meeting will include two activities, a course from the 16th to the 19th of November, and the general inaugural meeting from the 20th to the 24th of November 2019 (see details below). Our mission is to promote a close liaison between academia, regulatory authorities and policy-makers, in order to achieve an effective and efficient management of vector control and the reduction and/or elimination of neglected tropical diseases spread by pathogens transmitted by vectors in Latin America. The main objective of LA SOVE is to share knowledge and to create an extensive network among scientists on topics which will help to improve research in vector control and in the reduction and/or possible elimination of vector-borne diseases, with a special emphasis on the ecology and control of arthropods of medical and veterinary importance.
We have high expectations for this inaugural LA SOVE meeting, as it will be the consolidation of a partnership between policy makers, technicians, scientists and students from different areas of vector biology of several countries from our region. There is a great demand from our Latin American colleagues to initiate dialogues conducive to forging collaborations and sharpening the focus to reduce the burden of vector-borne diseases. On the other hand, in this meeting we will also have the participation of several foreign colleagues, specialists and renowned researchers, including members of the consolidated international chapters of SOVE (USA SOVE, European SOVE, Asian SOVE and Indian SOVE).
Dr. Paulo Filemon Paoluci Pimenta
Director LA SOVE
Dr. Major Dhillon
Executive Director SOVE
Vector-borne diseases, mainly arbovirosis, malaria, Chagas disease, filariosis and leishmaniasis, are neglected tropical diseases that afflict humanity, specifically affecting the health of our Latin American people and the economy of our countries. Global warming, international travel and the indiscriminate advance of urbanisation are resulting in the establishment of vectors in new regions, making them vulnerable to the circulation of new and old pathogens, and causing the constant emergence of epidemics that ignore frontiers.
Without a doubt, in the last two decades there has been significant progress in basic and applied research which has effectively helped in the prevention and control of vectors. But we still have a long way to go to make a breakthrough in the difficult mission of eliminating vector-borne diseases. It is essential, and currently critical, to attain a better understanding of insect vector ecology, vector-pathogen interactions, and effective methods for their control. Several of our Latin American colleagues and researchers from other countries are conducting novel research. Moreover, new intervention methods for vector control are being developed, and old policies are being reformulated under the light of new methodologies. It is our goal to share this knowledge.
Our meeting consists of training courses, symposia, round tables, conferences, and field trips to endemic areas. To summarise, a platform where students, young and senior scientists, health professionals and policy makers, can freely debate and deliberate on issues relevant to our areas of study. On the other hand, we are certain that during this meeting we will witness the crystallisation of international collaboration initiatives among Latin American members and from other continents. Finally, contributing to vector control and eliminating vector-borne diseases is the main focus of this and future LA SOVE meetings.