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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 …

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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 …

Videographic analysis of mosquito host-seeking behaviours around humans and odour-baited mosquito control traps

Disease transmitting-mosquitoes rely on the special olfactory organs on their antennal sensillae to locate their blood hosts. Mosquitoes sense principal compounds such as ammonia, lactic acid and several carboxylic acids emanated from the sweat and skin, as well as carbon dioxide (CO2), a major constituent of breath from a human being.


This study aims to quantitatively analyze behavioral responses of host-seeking mosquitoes around odour-baited mosquito control or monitoring traps such as the recently developed odour-baited mosquito landing box (MLB) fitted with electrocuting grids, relative to responses around humans. The knowledge gained from these observations is used to optimize and adapt the mosquito control/surveillance traps. The optimized traps is intended for effectively controlling and possibly monitoring behaviors and infectiousness of outdoor-biting malaria vectors in communities where transmission is increasingly outdoors

Lead Scientists

Nancy Stephen Matowo

Fredros Okumu

Sarah Moore


University of the Witwatersrand, SA
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute


Wellcome Trust

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