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2022 Heath Clark Lecture with Dr Fredros Okumu

Investigating persistent malaria transmission in Tanzania

Headshot of Fredros Okumu
Fredros Okumu, Director of Science at Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

Please note that this event has now been rescheduled to Wednesday 5 October, 17.00 BST.

Join this year's second installment of the Heath Clark lecture where Dr Fredros Okumu will share his findings on his investigation of persistent malaria transmission in Tanzania. 

After two decades of effective control programs, the burden of malaria has declined in many parts of Tanzania. To sustain these gains, it is important to continually investigate how the transmission patterns are evolving; and deploy improved strategies that are responsive to emergent threats such as insecticide and drug resistance. This presentation will describe our efforts to characterise the malaria transmission patterns in south-eastern Tanzania and to develop improved methods for accelerating the control efforts.

The talk will cover both entomological and parasitological investigations to map the trends and magnitude of malaria transmission, as well as our innovative anthropological and environmental surveys designed to characterise its dynamics. Lastly, examples of traditional and new approaches for tracking infections will be described.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the South Courtyard Café from 18.00 BST. 


Fredros Okumu is Director of Science at Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania. He is a public health researcher and a mosquito biologist working on improved approaches for surveillance and control of vector-borne diseases. Fredros is passionate about improving ecosystems for researchers in Africa. He also serves in various advisory groups, including the World Health Organization Malaria Policy Advisory Group. 

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Please note that you can join this event in person or you can watch the live broadcast. 


Free and open to all. No registration required.