Prosper Chaki

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Malaria: Call for action to curb insecticide resistance

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) scientist Gerry Killeen has called for the international community to be bolder in adopting new products for existing interventions such as insecticide treated bed nets, so …

Muhas don is new IHI board member

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 …

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 …

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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