Valeriana Mayagaya

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Vacancy: Assistant Nursing Officer (6 posts)

IHI is looking for Assistant Nursing Officers to fill vacant positions in the CLEAN project. The key task of the ANO is collecting research data. This is a two to …

IHI officially launches its master’s program

(Bagamoyo) Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) officially launched its master’s program in public health research on Friday afternoon February 8 2019. Hubert Kairuki Memorial University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who is also IHI …

Recent Projects

Calcium supplementation on pregnant women

Project summary This is a trial-based study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It intends to generate evidence for decision-making on the potential non-inferiority of a lower dose …

Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods

The Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods is an exciting project in which IHI works with a consortium of partners from Asia and Africa to 1) develop capacity for improved …

Valeriana Mayagaya

Research Scientist

Ms. Valeriana Mayagaya is a medical entomologist. She holds an MSc in Applied Zoology (2010) and a BSc in Zoology and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (2002) from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. In her MSc, she conducted research on “The Impact of Livestock on the Ecology of Malaria Vectors and Malaria Transmission in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania”. Over the years, Valeriana has been involved actively in various research projects, examples of which include Monitoring malaria vector population dynamics, distribution and transmission rate in Kilombero Valley and Dar es Salaam, Near infra-Red Spectroscopy for identification of age of semi-field and wild malaria vectors, Mosquito Contamination Device for sustainable malaria mosquito control, and Eave tubes/bricks for malaria elimination in peri-urban Tanzania. Through her involvement in these and other projects, Valeriana has gathered considerable expertise and experience in laboratory and field based research on the behaviour, ecology and control of malaria and other mosquito vectors. Furthermore, she has gathered strong expertise and experience in molecular identification of malaria vectors, and immunological techniques for detecting host feeding preference and malaria parasites inside mosquitoes. Most outstandingly, Valeriana is an expert in mosquito vector species identification and age grading using Near Infra-red Spectroscopy (NIRS), a new technique in malaria field. Her dream is not only to continue with researching new hypotheses, but also to join forces with those who are engaged in collecting and communicating the available scientific findings/facts to the community. By so doing, she believes she will heighten the deployment of scientific research and developments in improving people’s lives.

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Evaluation of the eave tube technology for malaria control in Tanzania

Low-cost mosquito contamination devices for sustainable malaria control

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