Prosper Chaki

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Ifakara scientist explains why ending Tuberculosis requires better diagnostics

Ending tuberculosis through better diagnostics Author: Dr. Frederick Haraka, MD Yes, to end tuberculosis (TB), we need better diagnostic tools! TB is among the deadliest diseases in the world. In …

Study: 12% of people living with HIV in rural Tanzania have hypertension

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (March 9, 2017). IHI Research Scientist Dr Kim Mwamelo presents findings of the study in Boston, US, last year at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic …

Recent Projects

Assessing the progress towards rabies elimination from Pemba Island, Tanzania

Rabies is a deadly disease endemic in dog populations across Africa. Although rabies can be eliminated through mass dog vaccination, there has been little investment in dog vaccination in Africa …

Engaging pastoralists in controlling malaria mosquitoes in their communities

The project is aimed at applying pastoralists’ knowledge to find water bodies during the dry season and accurately identify aquatic habitats that can be treated with larvicide pyriproxyfen (PPF) to …

Prosper Chaki

Research Scientist

Dr. Prosper Chaki is a senior Research Scientist working with Ifakara Health Institute. He received his doctoral degree (PhD) in Tropical Infectious Diseases at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. Dr. Chaki joined the institute in 2006 and since then has been working with community-based urban malaria vector control initiatives. He spends most of his time designing, and evaluating, affordable community-based strategies for monitoring, and the evaluation of, programmatic malaria vector-control and surveillance in both urban and rural settings, across Africa. He has a broad background when it comes to working with the local communities, districts and programs. He has investigated the influence of specific environmental and interventional determinants to operational programs, with a keen interest in larval source management. In collaboration with fellow researchers Dr. Chaki has investigated the epidemiological impact of larval control through microbial larvicide application and effective community engagement strategies for sustainable vector control interventions. He has coordinated the malaria risk mapping initiative and through collaborations, established the largest quality assured entomological surveillance system covering 186 villages across mainland Tanzania to evaluate on-going interventions and promote evidence-driven delivery of vector control programs in Tanzania. In addition, Dr. Chaki has collaborated with other researchers to develop novel tools for controlling outdoor biting mosquito vectors that seem to be at the centre of the malaria transmission question. Currently he is leading a team exploring the best models for successful implementing IVM combined with the T3 (Test, Treat and Track) strategy for control in rural areas.

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Projects

China-Tanzania joint malaria project: application of community-based integrated strategies to reduce malaria burden

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

Low-cost mosquito repellent sandals to protect against Zika, dengue, chikungunya and malaria

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