We are a group of four MSc students from the TU Delft in the Netherlands and working on a new mosquito bait to kill mosquitos and reduce the spreading- and infection of malaria. In order to further develop the prorotypes, test them in Kenya and ensure successful implementation, we set up a crowdfunding campaign.
During this project we focus on a new type of mosquito bait that can be placed indoors. A researcher from KEMRI (Kenya Medical Research Institute) has made a simple first prototype, consisting of a bucket, a cloth, sponge and a liquid mixture. The liquid mixture consists of water, sugar, color and Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medicine. The mosquitoes are attracted to the sugary mixture and then killed by the Ivermectin component within 48 hours of drinking the mixture.
We are working on improving this first prototype, focusing on slow evaporation of the sugar mixture, minimal interaction between the bait and the residents and the optimal shape and aesthetics to attract as many mosquitoes as possible. We focus on making the bait as affordable as possible, in order to make the bait widely distributable and help as many households as we can.
Please watch our video below and visit the 'Nosquito Bait: A new malaria vector control solution' website here.