Nancy Stephen Matowo

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, …

Nancy Stephen Matowo

Research Scientist

Ms. Nancy Stephen Matowo is a Research Scientist at Ifakara Health Institute. She joined the institute in 2011 and has since worked on a number of projects aimed at evaluating different interventions against mosquito and malaria transmissions. After completion of her degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (2009), she obtained a Master of Science in Medicine (Biology and control of African Disease Vectors) from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015. Ms. Matowo has received a number of competitive International Travel Awards to participate in international meetings and present her ongoing research. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania, also awarded Ms. Matowo with a Certificate of Excellent Performance for being the best student in Environmental Health Sciences course in the academic year 2007/2008. Ms. Matowo’s research interest is in designing, developing, and evaluating outdoor mosquito control tools that complement existing indoor malaria interventions. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles related to these topics. Her current project is on close observations and videographic analysis of mosquito host-seeking behaviours in responses to different odour attractants for optimization and effective designs of outdoor control tools, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Nancy has also been Welcome Trust Fellow since 2014, and is a recent winner of the Swiss ESKAS PhD Scholarships.

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Videographic analysis of mosquito behaviours around humans and mosquito traps

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

Fighting insect-borne diseases and enriching urban agricultural land by using molasses from sugar factories

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

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