Marceline (Lina) Finda

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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, …

Marceline (Lina) Finda

Research Scientist and Public Engagements Coordinator, Ifakara

Lina Finda is a research scientist at Ifakara Health Institute. She received her BSc in Biochemistry and Biology/Anthropology from Western Washington University (USA) in 2010, and in 2014 received a Masters of Public Health with dual concentrations in Maternal and Child Health and Health Education and Promotion, from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (USA). Ms. Finda is currently overseeing two projects; one is to reassess the intensity of malaria transmission in Ifakara area, and another on monitoring the magnitude and drivers of the residual malaria transmission in Tanzania and Burkina Faso. This project involves studying and monitoring two key components: human behaviours, knowledge, and perceptions regarding malaria transmission; and mosquito densities, behaviours and resistance to the current prevention tools. Results from this project will improve our understanding of residual malaria transmission dynamics in Africa and in identifying the main environmental and anthropological factors associated with the residual exposure. Alongside her role as a research scientist, Ms. Finda works as a liaison and disseminator between the Ifakara Health Institute, Ifakara office, and its surrounding community. Ms Finda identifies her research as a means for big societal impact and a opportunity to share professional and educational knowledge learnt with future generations.

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Projects

Targeting residual malaria vectors in areas where bed nets are already widely used

Measuring residual malaria transmission in East and West Africa

Assessing malaria infections among migratory rice farmers in a residual transmission setting in rural south eastern Tanzania

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

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