Reply to: A comparison of five malaria transmission models: benchmark tests and implications for disease control
Congratulations to Wallace et al on their review of malaria models. You might be interested in a recent modification of the HYDREMATS model developed by the Eltahir group at MIT, because it incorporates immunity, thus expanding the range of its validity. The recent report on this model is:...... Linking environmental variability to village-scale malaria transmission using a simple immunity model. Yamana TK, Bomblies A, Laminou IM, Duchemin JB, Eltahir EA. Parasit Vectors. 2013 Aug 7;6:226. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-6-226.
Reply to: Research: A formative study of disposal and re-use of old mosquito nets by communities in Malindi, Kenya
This is such an important paper, Congratulations to Charles and his team. I have asked this question of numerous "donors" and purveyors of nets, even close colleagues here in the US, the result is a blank stare! There has been minimal thought given to this problem which is what you get when ex-pats abound and donors control the decision making. It behoves local scientists to resolve this and this team is doing so. It is wrong to distribute nets continuously without putting thought to this issue
Reply to: Applications and limitations of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention miniature light traps for measuring biting densities of African malaria vector populations: a pooled-analysis of 13 comparisons with human landing catches
With great respect, we found that out nearly 30 years ago see Jonathan Davis paper of 1995 Davis et al Med Vet Emtomol.9 249-255. Nice to know the work was validated!
Reply to: Malaria, anaemia and nutritional status among schoolchildren in relation to ecosystems, livelihoods and health systems in Kilosa District in central Tanzania
This is a valuable analysis of the increased malaria risk in areas with rice irrigation. It should suggest to the folks who plan malaria suppression in RBM and the US PMI that they ought to pay special attention to areas with irrigation. And they might also investigate improved irrigation (and drainage) as a supplement to their usual drugs and biocides.
Reply to: Cost & feasibility of mosquito control with larviciding and environmental engineering in an urban area
Besides the wealth of data you refer to Rune on larviciding in urban areas all over the world, there has also been a recent demonstration of the efficacy and low cost of community-based larviciding in East Africa against malaria (Maheu-Giroux M, Castro MC. Malaria J. 2014 Dec 4:13:477. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-13-477.)
Of course successful larviciding has been used in the semi-tropics against malaria for over 60 years (TVA 1947 Malaria control in impounded waters, USGPO). as well as Soper's famous campaign against An gambiae in Brazil.