Mercy Opiyo

In the News

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 …

Marcel steps down from IHI boards

Prof. Marcel Tanner has stepped down as Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and Board of Governors (BOG) effective Wednesday January 10, 2018. The Former …

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, …

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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