Nancy Stephen Matowo

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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 …

Study reports boys, girls start working in the mines at 7

(Dar es Salaam, May 8, 2018). New findings of a formative study by Ifaraha Health Institute (IHI) and partners which focused on children in mining show that child miners, both …

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 …

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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