Arnold Sadikiel Mmbando

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

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Arnold Sadikiel Mmbando

Research Scientist

Mr. Arnold Sadikiel Mmbando is a Research Officer and Master student in Infection Biology at University of Basel, Switzerland. He obtained a BSc degree in Biotechnology and Laboratory Sciences from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; and completed a Masters Degree in Infection Biology at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute & University of Basel, in February 2017.  Mmbando joined IHI in 2012 as Research Officer. He is interested in the elimination of residual malaria transmission in the endemic areas where there is already wide coverage of bed nets, and where outdoor malaria transmission remains a major challenge. He is currently working on push-pull as a strategy against resilient outdoor vectors. This project is funded by the Wellcome Trust Master’s fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  His approach specifically aims to combine area-wide mosquito repellents (specifically a synthetic pyrethroid called transfluthrin), long-range mosquito attractants and a resistance-proof mosquito killing box fitted with electrocuting grids. Through this approach, he intends to develop systems that divert these residual vectors from the villages towards the killing stations. He was previously involved in a number of projects which aimed at reducing outdoor mosquito bites; 1) Monitoring residual malaria vectors project from 2014 to 2015/16) where he lead  a longitudinal surveillance which involved of  assessing spatial and temporal patterns, of both outdoor host-seeking and resting residual malaria mosquito vectors in three endemic villages in South-eastern, Tanzania 2) Outdoor mosquito control (OMC) project from 2013 to 2014 where he tested effects of an odor-baited mosquito landing box  on outdoor host-seeking malaria vector densities and survival rate  when the device was baited with contaminants (fungus and pyriproxyfen), medium killing agent (Pirimiphos methyl organophosphates) and non-chemical mosquito killing agent (low-cost electrocuting grids) and 3) African vector control new tools (AVECNET) project from 2012 to 2013 where he lead both semi and full-field testing of efficacy of transfluthrin impregnated sisal strips against outdoor mosquito-bites. He’s also a Co-Project investigator in a project integrating the use of molasses for mosquito control, mosquito surveillance and agricultural land enrichment, funded by Grand Challenge Canada. He has authored and co-authored high quality research publications in peer-reviewed international journals

View Arnold’s Research Interests and Publications


Evaluation of the Push-Pull strategies for the control of outdoor biting mosquitoes

Fighting insect-borne diseases and enriching urban agricultural land by using molasses from sugar factories

Targeting residual malaria vectors in areas where bed nets are already widely used

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