Mercy Opiyo

In the News

RTS’S Malaria Vaccine: Ifakara Scientist Says Tanzania Must Be Proud of Its Contributions

RTS’S Malaria Vaccine; Tanzania Must Be Proud! By Dr. Frederick Haraka The WHO African region has recently announced the beginning of a pilot malaria vaccination programme in Africa. The pilot …

Ifakara Health Institute Committed to Developing and Testing New Tools Against Malaria Vectors

Ifakara Health Institute Committed to Development and Testing of New Tools Against Malaria Control By Dr. Gerry F. Killeen Vector control with long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying …

Recent Projects

Assessing the progress towards rabies elimination from Pemba Island, Tanzania

Rabies is a deadly disease endemic in dog populations across Africa. Although rabies can be eliminated through mass dog vaccination, there has been little investment in dog vaccination in Africa …

Engaging pastoralists in controlling malaria mosquitoes in their communities

The project is aimed at applying pastoralists’ knowledge to find water bodies during the dry season and accurately identify aquatic habitats that can be treated with larvicide pyriproxyfen (PPF) to …

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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