Mapping and modelling the distribution and dynamics of mosquito vectors of arboviruses and the inherent disease risks in Madagascar


  • Dr Luciano Tantely

    Institut Pasteur de Madagascar

Project summary

Rift Valley and West Nile fever viruses (RVFV and WNV) are affecting people and domestic animals, with large distributions and high incidences in Madagascar. 

We aim to understand the effects of environment and climate on mosquito biology, virus distributions, and the consequences for disease transmission. Field studies in 75 biotopes in 25 districts covering the five bioclimatic regions of Madagascar will be performed to investigate how environment and climate affect mosquito diversity, abundance, as well as biting and resting behaviours. We will set up surveillance in ten major animal markets to detect circulation of these viruses. Dynamics and distributions of vectors and viruses will be modelled to identify and predict areas and periods with high-risk of RVFV and WNV transmission. 

This project will provide important tools and information for public health decision makers on where and when to focus surveillance, prevention and control measures of mosquito vectors of arboviruses.

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