Nicodem James Govella

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Chief Operation Officer – COO required at IHI

(Dar es Salaam) IHI is looking for an experienced individual to take the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Reporting to the Chief Executive Director (CED), the COO will play …

IHI hosts WaSH collaborators from South Africa

(Dar es Salaam) South Africa’s collaborators in the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda (LIRA) 2030 project visited Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) and a number of sites where the project is …

Recent Projects

Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods

The Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods is an exciting project in which IHI works with a consortium of partners from Asia and Africa to 1) develop capacity for improved …

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 …

Nicodem James Govella

Research Scientist and Head of Environmental Health & Ecological Sciences

Dr. Govella received his PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2010, his thesis focused on vectors of human malaria. Dr. Govella has research experience in vector-borne disease transmission and their control. His main research interest is in the behaviour of disease vectors and understanding what the drivers of those behaviours are and how those change or impact the vector control interventions. He has been granted a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship award to investigate the potential for malaria vector adaptation (2014-2017), and has completed theoretical modelling work on vector-control impact. Dr. Govella has made key contributions to the development and testing of interventions to target outdoor malaria and filariasis transmission; and developing disease mosquito surveillance tool alternatives to accurately measure and characterize transmission indicators, host-seeking behaviour, and evaluate impact of vector-control interventions to guide policy makers. For example, he invented the Tent Trap for monitoring densities of outdoor-biting mosquitoes. This device has proven highly effective and it has been successfully used in large-scale programmatic surveillance applications. Dr. Govella has published a number of papers in peer-reviewed Journal; holding a number of research grants, and has been affiliated to large consortiums, such as AvecNet and MTC. He is a member of Vector Control Working Group (VCWG) of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM), Ifakara Health Institute’s Ethical Review Board (IRB), and Pan African Mosquito Control Association.

Research Interests and Publications


Anopheles funestus rearing and gene flow studies

Using protein labels for entomological investigations into malaria transmission and control

Control of Zika transmission using low-cost transfluthrin repellent emanators

Are malaria mosquitoes starting to actively avoid insecticide treated bed nets?

New tools for monitoring heterogeneities in vector species and behavior

Effects of El Nino events on malaria risk in the Kilombero river Valley, Tanzania

Quality assurance for country-wide entomological surveillance of malaria vectors in Tanzania

Understanding malaria vector behavioural adaptations following deployment of insecticide treated nets

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