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Survey on methods for improving idea generation and innovation among early-career researchers in Africa

March 11, 2015 - 23:25 -- Fredros Okumu

Many low and middle-income communities still lack affordable and scalable solutions for their priority health needs. We are aiming to improve generation of new ideas and technological innovation by early-career researchers in Africa, specifically in the health sector. As a step in the process, we wish to conduct an analysis of expert opinion on best strategies for encouraging these early-career scientists so that they can better identify priority health problems in their communities, and generate new ideas to address these problems.

Can odour-baited mosquito traps help eliminate malaria?

July 15, 2010 - 12:35 -- Fredros Okumu

Current malaria control operations rely heavily on insecticide treated nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS), both of which are insecticide-based and target only mosquitoes that feed or rest inside houses. Although these methods are extremely powerful and have saved many lives, the protection that they confer is insufficient to eliminate malaria in the most endemic regions of Africa.

 

It has long been postulated that complementary methods to build upon these gains could include, among other options, novel technologies derived from synthetic human odors.

 

Spatial mosquito repellents may provide opportunities for increasing preventive coverage against malaria

November 29, 2009 - 08:31 -- Fredros Okumu
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Though mosquito repellents are among the best known personal protection measures, their use outside the deployed-warfighter-communities is limited. The need for active user participation, discipline, consistent applications and their high costs make civilian applications of mosquito repellents a less appreciated option for use against malaria or other mosquito borne infections. there has also been the argument that repelling mosquitoes without killing them might divert the host seeking mosquitoes to bite persons within the household/environment who do not apply the repellents.

Malaria Eradication: How Realistic Is It?

November 10, 2009 - 17:53 -- Fredros Okumu

Following the Bill and Melinda Gates declaration in 2007 that malaria eradication is their lifeterm goal, nearly every researcher and policy maker thinks this is feasible. The WHO has also made this a long term global target. I believe this agenda is too immature to be impemented in many malaria endemic countries, most of which are developing still. It will likely lead to imbalanced resource allocation for managing many other different diseases.

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