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icipe Director General Visits COPH to Sign Agreement

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Prof. Christian Borgemeister, Director General of Kenya’s International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), visited the College of Public Health (COPH) recently to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of South Florida. The MOU lays the groundwork for future collaborations between the College and icipe. As an organization, icipe seeks to help alleviate poverty, ensure food security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building. To achieve its mission, icipe is working to create knowledge, build capacity, develop policy and reduce poverty through research in the areas of human, animal, plant and environmental health.

In addition to its international headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, icipe also has field stations at Mbita Point on the shores of Lake Victoria and at other locations throughout Kenya, assuring opportunities for research across every type of ecosystem and habitat found in the tropics. There are a wide variety of ongoing research projects providing opportunities for research to COPH faculty and graduate students, and icipe also offers a wide range of possible international field experiences in Kenya for COPH MPH students. icipe currently receives funding from a consortium of donors (the Sponsoring Group for icipe), other private charitable organizations, United Nations organizations, and other governmental aid agencies.

For more information and to learn about opportunities to collaborate with icipe, visit or contact Dr. Robert Novak (, Professor of Global Health at the USF College of Public Health.