Group | New Vector Control Interventions

Experimental Huts, Ifakara

The New Vector Control Interventions group is focused on the evaluation of new vector control tools that includes new concepts such as "push pull" along with new versions of traditional tools such as insecticide resistance busting bednets. The group is based at the Bagamoyo branch of Ifakara Health Institute and has links at Swiss TPH to the modeling and vector groups.

Research at the Semi-Field and the Field Scale

Ongoing research includes:

  1. basic biology including mosquito movement at village scale and the effect of malaria infection on mosquito behavior;
  2. evaluation of new vector control products at semi-field scale and
  3. large scale evaluations such as monitoring of long lasting nets at a national scale for National Malaria Control Program and a randomized control trial of permethrin treated clothing for malaria prevention in military populations.

The key focus of the group is developing new experimental methods for evaluation. We operate research training and capacity building with PhD students and MSc students registered at Swiss TPH/University of Basel. The group has excellent research infrastructure with a category-3 mosquito facility, semi-field systems, experimental huts, semi-field tunnels and a dedicated insecticide testing facility.

Kamande D.S, Odufuwa O.G, Mbuba E, Hofer L, Moore S.J. Modified World Health Organization (WHO) tunnel test for higher throughput evaluation of Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs) considering the effect of alternative hosts, exposure time, and mosquito density. Insects. 2022;13(7):562. DOI: 10.3390/insects13070562

Kibondo U.A et al. Influence of testing modality on bioefficacy for the evaluation of Interceptor® G2 mosquito nets to combat malaria mosquitoes in Tanzania. Parasit Vectors. 2022;15:124. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-022-05207-9

Lees R.S et al. Strain characterisation for measuring bioefficacy of itns treated with two active ingredients (Dual-AI ITNs): developing a robust protocol by building consensus. Insects. 2022;13(5):434. DOI: 10.3390/insects13050434

Lissenden N et al. Developing consensus standard operating procedures (SOPs) to evaluate new types of insecticide-treated nets. Insects. 2022;13(1):7. DOI: 10.3390/insects13010007

Madumla E.P et al. "In starvation, a bone can also be meat": a mixed methods evaluation of factors associated with discarding of long-lasting insecticidal nets in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Malar J. 2022;21:101. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-022-04126-5