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Outcome of Poster Session on Innovative Alternatives to DDT held alongside the 5. Meeting of the Stockholm Convention

May 10, 2011 - 08:46 -- Stefanie Keller

Biovision, in support of the implementation of the Global Alliance for Alternatives to DDT, has organised a series of posters to present alternatives to DDT. The posters on innovative products, methods and alternative strategies for malaria vector control have been displayed alongside the Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.

The purpose of this poster presentation was to provide opportunities for wider recognition and to honour and encourage the efforts on innovative alternatives to DDT that protect both human and environmental health. A panel of experts composed of members from thematic groups and the steering committee of the Global Alliance reviewed the submissions for the poster session and selected 8 posters to be presented at the conference as well as the award winning posters. The evaluation was based on the following criteria: Innovation, efficacy, implementation, social dimension, cost-effectiveness, likelihood for resistance of malaria vectors and safety.

The following 8 posters have been selected for the presentation:

1. A novel and biodegradable monomolecular film for malaria mosquito control. Prof. Dr. Bart GJ Knols, bart@in2care.org

2. Plant-based attractants in toxic sugar baits (ATSB): A new approach to the control of malaria vectors in Africa. Prof. Yosef Schlein and Dr. Günter C. Müller, yosefs@ekmd.huji.ac.il

3. House design modifications reduce densities of indoor Malaria vectors in rice irrigation scheme in lowlands of Western Kenya. Harrysone E. Atieli, hatieli@yahoo.com

4. Integrating larval source management in the national malaria control programme in Zambia. Emmanuel Chanda, emmanuel_chanda@yahoo.co.uk.

5. Development of fungus-treated house screens for malaria vector control. Marit Farenhorst, PhD. marit@in2care.org

6. The applicability of available technologies for adaptive integrated malaria vector management in Africa. Dr. Charles Mbogo, cmbogo icipe.org; Cmbogo@kilifi.kemri-wellcome.org

7. Shading by Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) reduces malaria vector larval densities in natural habitats in Western Kenya Highlands. Peter M Wamae, pmwamai@yahoo.com, Kenya

8. The use of the hibernating eggs of the annual killifish as a practical method of disseminating larvivorous fish in ephemeral ponds for malaria control. Jonathan R. Matias, jrmatias@poseidonsciences.com

Mr. Harrysone Atieli, Kenya and Mr. Emmanuel Chanda, Zambia have been selected by the panel of experts as the two winners of the Innovation Grant. These two winners received each 15,000 USD sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for the further development and deployment of their innovative methods. Mr. Atieli showed in his poster the positive impact of house design modifications on the reduction of indoor resting malaria vector densities. Mr. Chanda’s poster informed about the successful reduction of mosquito larvae through the integrated larval source management implemented in the national malaria control programme in Zambia.

This poster event was a great success highlighting the various interesting and outstanding initiatives that are taking place in the field of safe and effective malaria control. If you could not attend this poster event, please have a look at the 8 selected posters as well as the poster brochure that are available online: www.biovision.ch/posters

Kind regards

Stefanie Keller

Project Coordinator s.keller@biovision.ch Biovision Stiftung für ökologische Entwicklung Schaffhauserstr. 18, 8006 Zurich/Switzerland Tel. +41 44 341 97 18, Fax. +41 44 500 45 24, www.biovision.ch