Combining area-wide mosquito repellents and long-range attractants to create a resistance-proof push-pull system that maximises protection against disease-transmitting mosquitoes


  • Arnold Sadikiel Mmbando

    Ifakara Health Institute

Project summary

Arnold is interested in eliminating residual malaria transmission in the endemic malaria areas where there is already wide coverage with long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, but where outdoor malaria transmission remains a major challenge. He is developing complementary tools and approaches such as 'Push-Pull' which will target these resilient vectors outdoors. His study specifically aims to combine area-wide mosquito repellents (eg transfluthrin, a synthetic pyrethroid), long-range mosquito attractants and resistance-proof mosquito killing boxes fitted with electrocuting grids. Through this approach, Arnold will be able to divert these residual vectors from the villages towards the killing stations. This Fellowship will also support his Master’s study on Infection Biology at the University of Basel, facilitating his career in operational vector control research.

This grant was awarded under the scheme's previous name of Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.