Marceline (Lina) Finda

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Study establishes link between gender, extramarital affairs and HIV

Dar es Salaam. A new Ifakara Health Institute study has found “a significant association between lifetime (proxy) extramarital affairs and HIV infection among women only,” with the risk being significantly …

IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

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 …

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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