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Bernice Olivia Ama Baako

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Bernice Olivia Ama Baako

I am a Research Assistant at the entomology laboratory at the Navrongo Health Research Centre in Ghana and an MPhil candidate at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana studying entomology. I studied Biochemistry for my Undergraduate program at the University for Development Studies in Ghana. The Navrongo Health Research Centre is affiliated with several organizations including the National Malaria Control Board, US Naval Medical Research Unit-3, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, and the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens.

I have gathered a lot of experience in vector studies due to these collaborations and affiliations over the years. This resulted in my interest in vector-borne diseases, which are major public health concerns. My passion lies in studying and understanding the vectors responsible for the transmission of the disease and determining the mitigation measures to put in place. I have contributed several studies, including The Durability Studies of LifeNets in Ghana by the National Malaria Control Board in which we conducted fabric integrity tests and insecticide-resistant assays on Lifelong insecticide-treated nets in Ghana. This was an exciting project because our findings informed policy to bring the ordinary Ghanaian a step closer to eradicating malaria.

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