(Melbourne) Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) Research Scientist Nancy Matowo recently was invited to a 26-minute radio interview with the SBS, a Swahili Australian radio, to share her research work and experience.
Scientists and researchers gathered in Melbourne last month for the first ever World Malaria congress, to exchange ideas and explore ways of eradicating the illness. Ms. Matowo was among researchers who attended the conference and shared her work with fellow scientists and other participants.
She told SBS Swahili about her research, and measures being taken to edge Tanzania closer to eradicating malaria as well as lessons learned during the Malaria World Congress.
According to Ms. Matowo, the media interview was part of community engagement and improving uptake of research findings.
“It was indeed a great avenue to emphasize the importance of incorporating various sectors with strong political commitments and community involvement in malaria control and elimination in malaria-endemic countries,” she notes.
In her words, Ms. Motowo says the interview was “proudly done in my mother language, Kiswahili, in a foreign country.”
Nancy’s work at a glance
During the Malaria Conference, Ms. Matowo gave a talk bearing the title: “Fine-scale spatial and temporal heterogeneities in insecticide resistance profiles of malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis in rural south-eastern Tanzania”.
This is part of her PhD research project focuses on engaging farming communities and local public health officials in the management of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors, in Kilombero and Ulanga districts, southern Tanzania. “It was a great opportunity to meet and interact with senior scientists from the malaria field,” she notes.
Among topics discussed was the role of agricultural practices in the persistent malaria transmission in malaria endemic-countries. (Report by Gode Migerano, SBS, Bilal Aziz, IHI)
Full link to the interview: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/swahili/en/audiotrack/tanzanian-leads-ground-breaking-research-eradicate-malaria-0?language=en