John Paliga

In the News

Article: Window screens can suppress malaria

(Dar es Salaam & Liverpool) Protecting houses against mosquitoes with netting window screens can suppress malaria, IHI scientists have confirmed. In an article published today in Lancet Planetary Health, a …

IHI scientists in Dodoma for Water Week

(Dodoma) TWO IHI scientists, Alfred Boniphace and Dr. Beda Levira, represented the Institute in this year’s Water Week commemorations which was held at the national level in Dodoma during the …

Recent Projects

Calcium supplementation on pregnant women

Project summary This is a trial-based study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It intends to generate evidence for decision-making on the potential non-inferiority of a lower dose …

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 …

John Paliga

Research Scientist

Mr. John Paliga graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam with BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in 2010. Mr. Paliga previously worked as one of the microbiology analysts, conducting pre-export analyses on samples of fish from various fish processing plants in Tanzania. Mr. Paliga also worked briefly as a quality control inspector, mandated with responsibility of inspecting fish processing plants in Mwanza city, in the north of Tanzania. He joined Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in April, 2011, for an internship program in the Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences (EHES) department. Here, Mr. Paliga worked for three months with responsibilities to coordinate and supervise routine surveillance of malaria and lymphatic filariasis vectors to guide targeted intervention against these mosquitoes in urban Dar es Salaam. This work was in collaboration with the government of Tanzania on its program called Urban Malaria Control Program in which community involved in applying biolarvicide in mosquitoes bleeding sites in some selected wards in city of Dar es Salaam.  After a successful completing his  internship, Mr. Paliga was fully employed in July 2011 as a Research Officer. From 2015, Mr. Paliga worked working in another project funded by Grand Challenge Canada™, in which he was managing field and semi-field investigations on whether specially decorative pieces made of sisal fibers impregnated with transfluthrin, the proven mosquito repellent, can protect people sitting outdoors in bars, thus complementing existing malaria vector control interventions such LLINs and IRS. He has gained basic training on various aspects of public health as he attended short courses on research in public health, and also pursued an online course on principles of public health offered by the University of California at Irvine and Community Change for Public Health offered by Johns Hopkins University. And Mr. Paliga regularly participate in practical statistics courses offered here at IHI for early-career researchers.

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New tools for monitoring heterogeneities in vector species and behavior

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