Scientific monitoring and development, the CSRS is looking at the five-year period 2019-2023

In a context of transition, CSRS researchers and employees spent three days studying the life of the institution during the annual CSRS retreat. Established in 2011 by the General Direction of the CSRS, the annual retreat 2018 was held from May 13rd to 15th in Tiassalé, a city in central Côte d'Ivoire which houses one of the five research stations of the CSRS. The 32 participants (department heads, group leaders and units) at this retreat were charged with evaluating the 2014–2018 plan and consolidating the CSRS strategic plan for the 2019–2023 period. In fact, since the end of 2017, the General Direction of CSRS has initiated a participative and consultative process for drawing up the plan. In addition to building on the successes and limitations of the previous plan, the current plan will have to respond to the demands of intensifying resource mobilization, strengthening the quality of scientific production and greater openness of the institution on regional and international level. This strategic reflection is conducted in a context of transition of the institution. Indeed, in July 2018 the official handover will take place between the Prof. Bassirou Bonfoh, current Director General of CSRS since 2009 and Prof Koné Inza, the new Director appointed by the Board of Directors. Organized into plenary activities and focus groups, the 2018 retreat participants worked on the reformulation of the CSRS Main Activities Domains (DAP), the definition of a strategy for the reduction of burdens, and the increase of resources and for defining a more open scientific research strategy for the subregion and the world. The CSRS General Directorate welcomed the intensity of interactions and the high quality contributions. Several strategic matrices were developed and discussed according to the different axes of reflection. In addition to this work, the participants visited the various facilities of the CSRS station in Tiassalé. To date, the CSRS has installed a composting center and experimental huts in Tiassalé to test insecticide efficacy against malaria vectors. These two facilities have recently added a laboratory in line with the standards of good laboratory practice. The laboratory is the culmination of the CSRS's capacity to evaluate phase I (laboratory), phase II (experimental box) and phase III (community) insecticides. It consists of two large buildings plus an insectarium and a pet store built on an area of 12,000 m2. The Tiassalé area was infamous with the identification of the only mosquito in the world resistant to four types of insecticides approved by WHO for three decades. However, with the advancement of research, the evaluation of new insecticide formulations conducted over the past decade in Tiassalé has resulted in the next generation of insecticide for indoor sprinklers. This new formulation validated by WHO through the support of the CSRS and its partners will be marketed to the delight of people in risk areas or endemic areas of Africa and the world.

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