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Malaria: Call for action to curb insecticide resistance

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) scientist Gerry Killeen has called for the international community to be bolder in adopting new products for existing interventions such as insecticide treated bed nets, so …

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Prof. Kaaya. Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) Board of Governors (BOG) has appointed Prof. Sylvia Kaaya member of the IHI Board of Trustees (BOT) effective Wednesday January 10, 2018. The appointment …

Recent Projects

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Demonstrating complete disruption of residual malaria transmission by eliminating Anopheles funestus mosquitoes from rural Tanzanian villages

In rural south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria prevalence has reduced by >60% since 2000, low-to-moderate transmission still persists despite very high coverage with long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Like in most residual transmission …

Understanding the potential for Malaria Vector Behavioural adaptations

The overall aim of this project is to survey the behaviour of the three main vectors in Tanzania (Anopheles gambiae, An. arabienisis and An. funestus) to demonstrate that LLINs do not alter innate behavioural preferences of malaria vectors but rather increase crepuscular biting through phenotypic plasticity. We are also testing whether earlier feeding times arise from the predominance of younger, nulliparous mosquitoes following LLIN scale up and assess the impact of fine scale climatic and meteorological variations on biting behavior.

Lead Scientists:

Nicodem J. Govella

Gerry Killeen

Heather Ferguson


Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
University of Glasgow


Wellcome Trust

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