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Malaria elimination entomological monitoring

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Imagen1Imagen3Currently I am heading the Entomology Platform at the Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM). In the district of Manhiça (Mozambique) we monitor mosquito populations (species, infection status, insecticide resistance, etc.). As a member of the Mozambican Alliance Towards Elimination of Malaria (MALTEM), I coordinate the malaria elimination entomological monitoring in Magude district and participate in evaluating tools and strategies to interrupt transmission of P. falciparum and eliminate its reservoir.

The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) of Mozambique, in collaboration with key in-country malaria control stakeholders under the umbrella of the recently established Mozambican alliance towards the elimination of malaria (MALTEM) and the Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland (MOSASWA) Cross-Border Malaria Initiative, is currently designing and scaling up activities to eliminate malaria from southern Mozambique by 2020. At the moment, a pilot malaria elimination effort is taking place in Magude district (Maputo province, s0uthern Mozambique).

Our Entomology Unit at CISM (Manhiça Health Research Centre) is responsible for:

  • Baseline vector surveillance (identifying vector species and their behavior)
  • Insecticide resistance monitoring (WHO tube assays, CDC bottle assays)
  • Efficacy of IRS campaigns (WHO cone assays)

In addition, the following operational research studies are planned or underway:

  • Assessing the feasibility of larval source management
  • Measuring the integrity and efficacy of LLINs
  • Identifying indoor and outdoor mosquito resting habitats
  • Assessing human activities/behaviors during the evening and night

Finally, we organize short courses on entomology and surveillance to personnel working for the Mozambican National Malaria Control Program.