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Drones against malaria – Crowdfunding campaign

July 14, 2017 - 07:33 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Efficient in use and costs

Drones against malaria seeks your support for the crowdfunding campaign ‘Anti Malaria Drones’ to generate € 18.000 for a malaria control pilot project using a drone that sprays an environmentally sound biological control agent over rice fields in Western Kenya. Please give your support and share this request with your colleagues and friends: www.antimalariadrones.com

Malaria incidence and mortality have decreased drastically over the past 15 years. That’s wonderful. But, we are not there yet. In order to work towards achieving global malaria elimination by 2040 we need more and new tools.

During the pilot project in Kenya a drone will fly over irrigated rice fields to spray the biological insecticide Total Impact*. This agent is completely biodegradable, only affects mosquito larvae, and will not bio-accumulate.

Prior to, during and after the spraying exercise the density of mosquito larvae will be monitored in a set number of fields sprayed with water only (control fields) or Total Impact (Treatment fields). The goal is to monitor the mosquito population over time in order to assess the potential contribution of the approach in malaria control.

The pilot will be implemented in close collaboration with the local communities and rice farmers. The results of the pilot trial in Kenya will be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal towards the end of 2017 and the results will be disseminated through social media channels to increase uptake of the approach.

Large-scale deployment of drones can boost the prevention of malaria over large areas, at a relatively low cost, and may be expanded to include swampy areas, flood plains, and other water bodies. In combination with existing vector control tools such as, LLIN’s and IRS, drones could be a novel and very useful tool for malaria control in Africa.

Give your support to the Anti Malaria Drones project here and select your reward!

Currently drones are being used in other health pilot projects in Africa. See below for an example in Malawi (humanitarian missions using drones).

Read the BBC story 'Malawi and Unicef launch drone air corridor' here.

 

Comments

Submitted by Sajid (not verified) on

Drones could also work best in insecure areas where doing larviciding with conventional tools may not be possible

Submitted by Sunil Dhiman (not verified) on

The idea of using drones and UAVs in malaria or VBD control is excellent. Drones have been proven useful in identifying breeding locations and to find out the possibility of vector in breeding habitat. Microsoft is developing UAV that will collect and identify the mosquitoes itself. This is really is revolution where intervention can be planned with less man power.