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.

Musa J.J et al. Long-lasting insecticidal nets retain bio-efficacy after 5 years of storage: implications for malaria control programmes. Malar J. 2020;19:110. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-020-03183-y

Malinga J, Maia M, Moore S, Ross A. Can trials of spatial repellents be used to estimate mosquito movement?. Parasit Vectors. 2019;12:421. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-019-3662-x

Massue D.J et al. Comparing the new Ifakara Ambient Chamber Test with WHO cone and tunnel tests for bioefficacy and non-inferiority testing of insecticide-treated nets. Malar J. 2019;18:153. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-019-2741-y

Monroe A et al. Human behaviour and residual malaria transmission in Zanzibar: findings from in-depth interviews and direct observation of community events. Malar J. 2019;18:220. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-019-2855-2

Monroe A, Moore S, Koenker H, Lynch M, Ricotta E. Measuring and characterizing night time human behaviour as it relates to residual malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa: a review of the published literature. Malar J. 2019;18:6. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-019-2638-9