Current Evaluation Methodology in Malaria Vector Control

Date: Wednesday 9 January 2013
Time: 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Type of event: Seminar
Speaker(s): Jo Lines, Reader in Malaria Control & Vector Biology, LSHTM

I'm interested in the control of mosquitoes, especially malaria vectors, and especially in control methods that can be used at home. I have worked with insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) since 1984, and I've been involved in epidemiological field trials of ITNs in Tanzania, Mozambique, Gambia, Sierra Leone, India, Thailand, Colombia and Venezuela. More recently, these interests have broadened to include a field trial of Intermittent Preventive Treatment in children (IPTc) in Senegal.

Some of the methods and ideas created by this work have since become accepted as standard: the concept and mode of action of the "mass effect" (the reduction in the vectorial capacity of local vector populations caused by high ITN coverage), the use of light-traps hung beside occupied nets to sample human-biting mosquitoes, the use of verandah-trap huts in a Latin-Square design to assess ITNs, and the design of individual net-treatment kits. I've also been involved in the debate about net implementation methods, and in studies of survey data showing that in 24 out of 26 African countries, the untreated-net coverage produced by local net markets was more equitable than the ITN coverage produced by subsidised local ITN projects. I have been active in the debate about ITN implementation methods, trying to build consensus around a pluralistic approach using multiple distribution systems, because the methods which provide high coverage most rapidly are not the most sustainable, and vice versa.

Admission: Free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Email: Evaluation@lshtm.ac.uk

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