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.
Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore, PD, PhD

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.

Denz A et al. Predicting the impact of outdoor vector control interventions on malaria transmission intensity from semi-field studies. Parasit Vectors. 2021;14:64. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04560-x

Karl S, Katusele M, Freeman T.W, Moore S.J. Quality control of long-lasting insecticidal nets: are we neglecting it?. Trends Parasitol. 2021(in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.pt.2021.03.004

Mboma Z.M et al. The consequences of declining population access to insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) on net use patterns and physical degradation of nets after 22 months of ownership. Malar J. 2021;20:171. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-021-03686-2

Mbuba E et al. Single blinded semi-field evaluation of MAÏA® topical repellent ointment compared to unformulated 20% DEET against Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles arabiensis and Aedes aegypti in Tanzania. Malar J. 2021;20:12. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-020-03461-9

Njoroge M.M et al. Evaluating putative repellent 'push' and attractive 'pull' components for manipulating the odour orientation of host-seeking malaria vectors in the peri-domestic space. Parasit Vectors. 2021;14:42. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04556-7