Nicodem James Govella

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IHI wins Grand Challenges Explorations grant

Dar es Salaam. Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Ms. Zawadi Mageni, a Research Scientist at …

IHI partners support Ifakara women group

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) partners at the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC), Jed Stone and Christopher Larkin, recently distributed 300 conference bags made of cotton from the Ifakara Women’s Weavers …

Recent Projects

Understanding and enhancing approaches to quality improvement in small and medium sized private facilities in sub-Saharan Africa

This is an evaluation study that IHI is conducting in collaboration with London school of hygiene and tropical medicine. The research takes place in the context of an innovative intervention …

Vaccine Delivery Costing Study

As countries drive towards achieving high and equitable coverage of life-saving vaccines, the availability of sustainable, equitable, and predictable financing for vaccine delivery is essential. Over the last two decades, …

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


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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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