Now that we're reaching the end of the first decade in which the world focused on the Millenium Development Goals, it is time to look both back and forward. Several competitions have been set up to get both amateur and professional journalists interested in writing about the failures and successes so far, including malaria. But the Guardian has a special way of doing this...
This topic has had its fair share of debates in many malaria forums. However it has always remained as a case of the chicken and egg, one thing is however clear about the phenomena, that the two share one thing in common, that both of them thrive within each other.
Raphael N’Guessan is a Medical Entomologist and West Africa IVCC programme manager based in Benin. His current research interests are on malaria vector control, with particular emphasis on control of resistant vectors, insecticide resistance management, and investigation of alternative strategies for its delay.
Q: Dear Raphael, please tell us what the main focus of your work is, and why this is important within the framework of malaria control and elimination.
There is great historical and practical value in looking at the successful attack on malaria in Italy during the past century, and then going ahead to plan for the attack on malaria in Africa during this century.
Date: 17 April 2010
Venue: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Dr. Gunilla Priebe recently graduated from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) on a most interesting topic. She advocates further Africanisation of malaria research based on her study of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria. Some questions for Gunilla...
Question/Bart: If you argue for more research in the South, then what should the role of scientists in the North be(come)?...
This trap was developed due to a compulsion to solve the mosquito nuisance after dusk at my friends factory. The factory manufacturing concrete additives was not able to work 3 shifts in spite of heavy orders. This was due to the mosquito menace around the factory after dusk. The trap successfully solved the problem.It traps the female anopheles mosquitoes by simulating human presence. In the last 6 months the device was installed on trial at a few clubs with impressive results. I am keen to to make this technology work for mankind where it is more a matter of life and death.
“If the malaria control program(s) I manage receives 5% of its current funds 5 years from now, would the maximum level of transmission reduction we have achieved during that time be maintained 5 years later?”