Mercy Opiyo

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 …

Mercy Opiyo

Research Scientist

Ms. Mercy Opiyo is currently working as a Research Scientist at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Tanzania. Prior to joining IHI, she worked as an Entomologist with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) between 2011-2014 in a Tsetse Control Programme in collaboration with the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya, and the Human African Trypanosomiasis Control Programme, Uganda. During this period, her work focused on evaluating the impact of ‘Tiny targets’ on the age structure of local tsetse fly populations in Western Kenya and West Nile, Uganda. In 2012, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Masters Training Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (2012-2014). In early 2015, she returned to ICIPE, Nairobi Kenya where she worked as a Post graduate Research assistant in a pilot study evaluating signature odours associated with various stages of malaria infections in adults and children in Western Kenya. In mid-2015, she joined the LSTM team this time in collaboration with the IHI as an entomologist in a malaria project aimed at controlling mosquitoes through auto-dissemination of insecticides. her initial training was on Zoology/Botany and Information Technology from Maseno University, Kenya. She holds a Master’s degree in Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.

Research Interests and Publications


Control of malaria vectors by the auto-dissemination of insecticides

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

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