Targeting residual malaria vectors in communities where insecticidal bednets are already widely used


  • Dr Fredros Okumu

    Ifakara Health Institute

Project summary

Fredros is a public health specialist who focuses on biology and control of disease vectors. The goal of his project is to develop an easy-to-implement strategy for locating and targeting residual mosquito populations that perpetuate malaria transmission in communities where most people already use insecticidal bednets. There is an overwhelming lack of effective surveillance strategies for mosquitoes that mediate persistent malaria transmission in communities where indoor interventions like insecticidal bednets are already widely used. This greatly hinders efforts to measure progress or target interventions against these residual vectors, a substantial proportion of which also readily bite humans outdoors and can survive on non-human host blood. Fredros’s project is therefore expected to improve targeting of future malaria elimination efforts.

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