Nancy Stephen Matowo

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How healthy is city life in Tanzania?: Ifakara scientists reveal surprising results

How healthy is city life in Tanzania? By Gemma Todd At Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), we recognise the changing burden of disease and its geography. A team of researchers at …

Tanzanian institute develops new technology to fight malaria

As the world and Africa, in particular, continues to grapple with malaria, Tanzania’s Ifakara Health Institute has developed a new technology that has proven quite effective in fighting malaria. According to the …

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 …

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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