Central Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

Libreville, Gabon
February 19, 2018 – February 22, 2018

Overview: The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation to examine the basic principles of environmental risk assessment, the process of how environmental protection goals are translated into operation endpoints for risk assessment (“problem formulation”), and the application of this process to the use of gene drives for either population modification or population suppression in mosquito vectors of malaria.

The goals of the workshop were to develop a more informed understanding of plausible risks associated with the use of gene drive strategies to control mosquito-borne diseases in Central Africa and make recommendations about the research needed to provide better information to address those risks. NEPAD requested that the ILSI Research Foundation assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program, and to guide participants through a problem formulation exercise that can help inform future work. ILSI Research Foundation’s efforts are supported by a grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

This was the fourth meeting in a series of consultations in Africa. To view the program from the previous consultation meetings, click on the following links:

West Africa Consultative Meeting October 2016 in Ghana
East Africa Consultative Meeting: June 2017 in Kenya
Southern Africa Consultative Meeting: June 2017 in Botswana

To learn more about the ILSI Research Foundation’s program on environmental risk assessment of gene drives, click here.