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E-interview with Dr. Raphael N'Guessan (Ivory Coast, 1964)

March 7, 2010 - 10:34 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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.

E-interview with Dr. Gunilla Priebe: Should more malaria research be based in Africa?

March 1, 2010 - 08:25 -- Bart G.J. Knols

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)?...

Female Anopheles Trap

February 25, 2010 - 14:00 -- Rajas Sirvoicar

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.

E-interview with Fredros Okumu (Kenya, 1981)

February 21, 2010 - 12:47 -- Bart G.J. Knols

E-interviews are a new section on MalariaWorld, where we interview members about their work and role in the field of malaria. This is our first e-interview, with Mr. Fredros Okumu, working at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania and PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

Question/Bart: Fredros, what are you currently working on and why is this important?

Will laser technology rid Africa of malaria?

February 16, 2010 - 12:11 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Last week, Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft executive, presented a fascinating new invention to the world during a talk at the TED conference. The TED talks are renowned for providing a stage for great people with great ideas... 

Speaking at TED means a lot of global attention, and Myhrvold played his cards right. With a display of the invention that uses laser technology to shoot down mosquitoes on the wing, and some stunning video footage, it was certain that the global press would jump on the story. Hundreds of websites and facebook pages covered this breakthrough, that was twittered to hundreds of thousands of people around the planet. Intellectual Ventures, the company headed by Myhrvold, has done well this week.

Interestingly, although the world may think this is a new invention, it is not. The Wall Street Journal ran an article on the same invention on 14 March 2009. Back then the video footage wasn't as exciting, leading to limited press attention. But why did Myhrvold not use the last ten months to demonstrate the potential of his invention in the real world, in a rural setting somewhere in Africa?

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